Elementary schools embrace BYOD trend

December 15, 2014

Business leaders and IT managers across the globe are increasingly using the same message with their employees and colleagues – bring your own device to work. By taking advantage of cloud computing technologies in smartphones, tablets and personal laptops, these operations have lessened the need for a set office place. In many cases, they’re saving money by lowering the company-wide dependence on phones. Some workers may even prefer the recommendation. This way, they can work with a device of their choosing. They’ll have more familiarity with their own keyboard, for example, rather thanĀ one provided by a boss.

While security and privacy continue to be key issues with BYOD strategies, the benefits are clear and widely understood. Considering the plethora of advantages, BYOD supporters see no reason to slow the trend now. As a result, they’ve brought the tactic to schools throughout the U.S.

BYOD heads to elementary schools in Southern California
A pair of elementary schools just south of Los Angeles are embracing the workplace trend by introducing BYOD to students. Government Technology reported that fifth graders from El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools will need to bring a laptop or tablet to class. If a student doesn’t have one, the school library will offer a device for free that may be used exclusively in the school.

“They are great tools to allow the students one more layer of collaboration on projects and assignments,” Brian Kull, a fifth-grade teacher at Top of the World, told the publication. “For example, using Google Docs, they can collaborate on a presentation, edit it from multiple devices simultaneously, and work on it from any location.”

Once taboo, devices now encouraged at schools in North Carolina
The Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, North Carolina, has also launched a program that will encourage students to use their own devices in school, according to WNCN. Anna Hayes, a teacher at Brier Creek Elementary, told the news source that the initiative is helping kids learn that devices can be about more than just social interactions.

“Our goal is really to get the kids excited about coming to school, and bringing their device and using it in a way that they are learning,” Sandy Chambers, principal of Brier Creek Elementary, told WNCN.

By introducing these programs to students across the country, teachers can begin to implement the benefits of cloud computing technologies. And in time, students may be just as familiar with the cloud as IT managers.