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Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity

A current trend in educational technology is for school districts to adopt a policy of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), also known as Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). An increasing number of school districts are encouraging BYOD as a way to address the growing need for technology tools that transform learning experiences. However, a wide gap exists between students who have access to personal technology resources and those who do not. This panel discussion will help identify the various forms of inequity that may widen the digital divide and will also share specific experiences of how personal technology devices have improved educational equity through proactive district policies, engaging classroom instruction, and community resources. We will explore specific, practical strategies for sustaining engagement in the classroom; maximizing administrative efficiency; and promoting a higher level of connectedness between schools and the community.

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Learning Objectives

  1. What are some challenges (and solutions) to implementing a BYOD policy in typically underserved schools to help promote educational equity?
  2. How do teachers immerse students in challenging, technology-rich learning experiences while allowing for student choice using personal technology?
  3. How can achieving BYOD equity provide a safe, secure, and engaging mobile learning experience?

Speakers

Organizer

Michael Mills, Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas


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