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Veteran Teacher: Why BYOT Should Start in Elementary Schools

Veteran Teacher: Why BYOT Should Start in Elementary Schools

Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT (also called Bring Your Own Device) has become a trend in classrooms across the country. While some teachers and administrators may be hesitant to allow younger students to drag their own devices into the classroom, at least one teacher believes it would be smart to welcome smartphones.

Linda M. Ward, veteran educator, argued that BYOT programs should start at the elementary level in her post on BYOT programs are usually initiated at the high school level, Ward said, and they also "trickle down to the junior high or middle school level. It is the rare school district that will include its elementary populations in this endeavor."

"Younger students’ brains are more malleable and can absorb and retain more information than their older counterparts," she said. "It is considered a best practice to introduce students to educational topics as well as life skills at a young age, continuing instruction until mastery is shown."

Ward reflects on current studies that show students find using technology they are comfortable with works. In a study conducted by Common Sense Media, she said, "more than 52 percent of children under the age of eight have access to some type of personal technology device at home." 

Allowing children to bring devices into the classroom may improve their digital literacy and help students realize that smartphones can help them access educational apps, sites and other beneficial information.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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