BYOD or Bring your own Device is when students bring their own PCs from home to learn at school. A PC is useful for classes, break time to study if a student chooses to and for any after-school activity that requires a PC such as Coding Club. It is a trend that is slowly catching up in schools all across India as it is an effective way for students to learn using a PC.
Who is the digital native student?
All your students.
Today’s children are not just using a PC sometimes, they are growing up with them. It has become a natural part of their daily study routine and rightfully so. Getting your own PC to school has its advantages, getting more and more beneficial as the child grows up. Here’s why you should encourage BYOD in your school:
1) Students are simply happier since they’re the most comfortable using their own PC
2) No time is wasted during class on figuring out the basics such as starting the PC or saving files since students will pick up these basics at home itself
3) As students are in control, they have to be extra aware and focus more in class, resulting in a positive and productive learning experience
There’s a lot for teachers to benefit too with BYOD for their students. Not only does it make the entire classroom experience PC-enabled and more engaging than usual, but also helps teachers to customise learning material as per a student’s ability. Teachers can also monitor students’ work in real-time and can easily issue new assignments and projects.
For the successful implementation of BYOD, a school has to have the following sorted:
1) Charging stations
2) Wi-Fi access
3) An IT team that can help students out whenever they need help
4) Teachers trained to use a PC effectively for studying
It will take a lot of time, effort and careful planning from the school’s side but it will be worth it as your students will be more motivated than ever to do learn with the help of a PC.
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.