- With more schools implement "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) programs, eSchool News caught up with Houston Independent School District CTIO Lenny Schad for some tips on successful implementations
- Among Schad's suggestions: creating a "non-threatening environment" that lets instructors feel comfortable with the change to BYOD and installing a wireless access point in every classroom.
- The main purpose of a BYOD program is often to allow easier seamless tech integration into academic content.
According to the recent preview of the New Media Consortium's K-12 Horizon Report, 20% of U.S. classrooms will be implementing "bring your own device" programs by the end of this year. That is a particularly high number, considering that the report considers any trend with 20% or higher participation to have gone "mainstream."
BYOD hinges a lot on wireless, which ties to President Barack Obama's ConnectEd initative and its goal of bringing high-speed broadband and wireless to 99% of America's schools by 2017.