What is "BYOD" and do you think it can work in the Iranian context?
A new trend that is gaining momentum in the education sphere in the US and European context is the concept of "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD". This movement started in the business world during the financial crisis of the few years ago. During this time, some companies asked their employees to bring their own devices into the workplace and use them for their work. This resulted in huge savings in the IT costs for these companies and after a few years, it moved to education as well.
In the education context, it refers to the practice of asking students to bring their own devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) for use in learning activities. This seems like a smart move especially for countries like our own Iran where the budget for education is limited and this practice would give teachers and administrators the opportunity to benefit from the educational uses of technology without having to pay a lot of money for implementing and usage of school computer labs and related equipments. Below you can find a graphic display of some of the aspects of "BYOD" concept.
Do you think it is practical for the Iranian context? How should we use this practice in a way to minimize the disadvantages and maximize its advantages?