If you are looking for a trend that is here to stay then look no further than BYOD. BYOD – which is short for Bring Your Own Device – has been gaining some traction in the workplace for some time now. However in the last few years, Australian schools have also embraced the BYOD trend and it is now becoming increasingly common in both primary and secondary public and private schools Australia-wide.
When BYOD is done well, it can be empowering for both the student and the school. The student (and their family) ‘takes charge’ of the technology by choosing and managing a device that best suits their needs. This allows the school to focus on what they do best – engaging our kids and preparing them for our 21st Century world.
But let’s not sugarcoat it – BYOD means money out of parent’s pockets – and usually in January which is probably the worst time of year for parents still recovering from Christmas! So here are my top 5 tips to make sure your BYOD investment is a successful one:
And if there was ever a reason for parents to get involved in the digital world – it’s BYOD. BYOD means the school is no longer managing your child’s device & usage – it’s now you, the parent.
So, make sure you understand how the device works but far more importantly, understand how the internet works. Join the social networks your child uses, check out their favourite online games, start shopping and socialising online. To be a good digital parent, you need to understand how the digital world works so get started now!
Till Next Time
Watch what happened when kids took on their parents in a cyber challenge. Do you think you could do any better!?