5 Tips for Administrators That Can Lead to BYOD Success

As mobile devices become more accessible to everyone, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is likely to increase in popularity. The challenge with a BYOD program, however, is that you can’t simply tell students to bring their own devices to school. There’s much more to consider if you want your program to be successful. Here are just a few ideas.

1-2016Consider all of the players
Think about more than just the students. If you don’t have buy-in from parents and teachers, the program likely won’t go well. Be sure to involve everyone in the planning phase to ensure their concerns are heard and addressed.

2-2016Avoid the Wild West
Having a BYOD program can mean major headaches for your support team. All devices are not the same. Keeping this in mind, you should determine which devices your program will support. Of course, you should be as inclusive as possible, but don’t be afraid to create a specific list of devices.

3-2016Spend additional time with your teachers
Sometimes, technology has a way of getting in the way of learning. Forgotten passwords and slow load times are just two examples of what can go wrong. Move beyond these and other challenges by devoting more time right away to the issues that are bound to happen. Then, give teachers the time they need to learn from other teachers and make sure they all feel supported, so they’re comfortable participating in the program.

4-2016Provide options for students without devices
Don’t make the assumption that all of your students have access to your list of BYOD devices. Set up a loaner program for students who don’t have a device, so the program is truly inclusive of everyone.

5-2016Create an acceptable use policy
A BYOD program is certainly not exempt from a policy that details the dos and don’ts. Your policy should communicate clear guidelines to everyone. Be sure students, parents and teachers review the policy every year and sign off that they understand the policy and the consequences of violating it.