Helen Dorritt explores how primary and secondary schools are harnessing BYOD for the benefit of learning.
When mobile phones first became a ubiquitous part of day-to-day life, they were an immediate distraction for students, and teachers battled to keep them out of the classroom. But with the advent of smartphones and tablets creating instant access to limitless information and resources, more and more schools are changing their attitudes to these beeping interlopers and actually embracing their presence through BYOD – bring your own device.
YouGov research from 2014 shows that 81% of UK 13–18-year-olds own their own smartphone, with 34% also owning a tablet. Primary-aged children are equally tech savvy, with statistics from the same year recording that 25% of children own their own tablet before the age of eight and 70% are confident in using mobile devices by the time they go to school. So whether you like it or not, there’s no getti