BYOx can help schools develop sustainable models for student ICT use and support high schools beyond the National Secondary School Computer Fund.
According to national and international research, schools that migrate to a BYOx model enjoy many benefits, including:
- increased student motivation, confidence and engagement with learning because students are familiar with their devices
- greater autonomy in the classroom
- the maturing of students as digital citizens who embrace digital opportunities and responsibilities
- the normalising of technology use between the school and home
- greater opportunity for inter-school collaboration.
(Alberta Government, 2012; Lee, Levins, Hubbard, & Freedman, 2013; Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008; Nielsen, 2013; Wainwright, 2013; Sweeney, & Intelligent Business Research Services Ltd., 2012).
In 2013, a number of state schools in Queensland piloted BYOx models. A report on their experiences (PDF, 1.2MB) suggests that the participating schools saw BYOx as:
- a progression to a more flexible and evolved 1-to-1 program
- a response to expectations of contemporary learners and the wider community
- a solution to address a shortfall in funding that currently limits a school’s capacity to provide a 1-to-1 computer fleet without parent contribution.
It was also recognised by the participating schools that Departmental processes and frameworks allow BYOx to be integrated into existing school practices.
The BYOx website was developed in response to feedback from schools that additional support materials and guidelines are required to assist with planning for BYOx.
If your school is ready to plan a BYOx program, start with the four steps to BYOx.