Could BYOD become the norm in schools?


With government cuts to technology funding for schools over the past few years making it increasingly difficult for educational institutions to raise the standards of IT teaching, the Open University is now looking into the possible benefits of introducing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend into schools.

University lecturer Peter Twining, who is heading up the Your Own Technology Survey, says allowing students to bring their own internet-connected devices into the classroom could help schools provide better IT education by removing much of the financial burden associated with purchasing equipment.

However, the major drawback of this is that it works on the assumption that all students have access to mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops, although the reality is that those who don't own any technology could be at a disadvantage.

Meanwhile, Google has announced that it is to distribute 15,000 free microcomputers to schools around the UK in an attempt to encourage more pupils to take an interest in coding and IT programming.