The (Australian) government funding for 1-to-1 computers runs out! What happens next?
The Digital Education Revolution supplied all Years 9 to 12 students with a laptop, netbook or device in 2009 until 2012. How can schools can keep this initiative in place when the money has disappeared? Bring Your Own Device appears to be the focus of discussion. Sounds easy – students provide their own device, schools don’t spend the money. But is it as simple as that?
Two papers are worth reading:
- Dixon, B and Tierney, S. (2012) Bring your own device to school. http://elbprague.org/docs/BYOD%20Whitepaper.pdf
In spite of sponsorship by Microsoft, this paper appears to present a balanced view of the issues, the changes to network infrastructure, the issues with inconsistency in the classroom and the readiness of the school for this model.
- Sweeney, J. (2012). BYOD in Education; a report for Australia and New Zealand. Nine conversations for successful BYOD decision making.
This report discusses the observations and findings from executive “roundtable” discussion groups held across Australia and New Zealand.