• Is education heading towards a BYOD future?

As schools consider moving towards a more immersive teaching experience, could asking pupils to bring their own devices into the classroom provide an alternative to direct hardware investment?

A recent industry survey revealed that currently 29% of secondary schools in the UK are asking students to bring their own devices, along with 9% of UK primary schools.

The potential benefits of asking pupils to bring their own devices are manifold. Without having to invest as much money in procuring devices, schools could potentially focus their investment on making sure teachers are properly trained on how to teach with them, and on procuring the software for these devices.

Bring your own device (BYOD) schemes can increase pupil engagement and productivity, while also helping to develop collaboration by offering an increased number of group projects. However, BYOD policies do come with their own complications. Often, the increase in cost of technical support, software licencing and internet infrastructure can offset any savings on hardware. Issues also arise with making sure all pupils have devices, with additional costs incurred for subsidising hardware for students who need it.

While there are positives and negatives, it appears BYOD policies in schools is on the rise. The industry survey revealed that the number of secondary schools now asking children to bring in their own devices has increased, from 22% in 2014.