Research in Education about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Implementation

18 January 2020 | Maha Sousak

Person using a device.

The number of people using technology is increasing rapidly, and with the constant change and update to the specifications, schools are pressured to cope with this progress and prepare students for a future that relies on technology. This preparation calls for providing a one to one student access to technology, which is not always possible due to the financial burden.  

More schools are embracing BYOD as a way to tackle this financial burden of providing access to technology while trying to minimise the risks and properly pave the way for embracing this system. 

DBGS is one of the first schools that embraced BYOD as a form of technology integration in 2016-2017 by asking Year 5 and Year 6 students to bring in tablets, and senior school students to bring in laptops to be used for educational purposes during the school day. With the beginning of 2018-2019, BYOD was limited to the senior school, and any use of any other device is subject to teacher approval.  

From my position as a technology educator, I can see many changes on the student behavior towards technology, and chose this to be the focus of my MA Education dissertation project.  

In order to gather reliable information, I am seeking the help of teachers and students from ISG to contribute in my case study of the student and teacher perspective of BYOD effect on education. 

The first step of information gathering was carried out in DBGS, by having students voluntarily sign a consent form after reading the information sheet and willingly taking part in the survey that takes around 10 minutes to complete.  In addition, another similar survey was created for teachers to take part in providing their experience with the system and how effective they find it on student education from their perspective. 

If you are interested in taking part in this survey and providing your insights as a teacher, here is a link to the survey, which also provides links to the information sheet and consent form: 

https://forms.gle/rKkctG1c4L2wReoV7

If you are also interested in letting your students (if they are in Year 7/Grade 6 or Year 10/Grade 9) provide their feedback regarding their experience with BYOD and the effect it has on their education, please have the students sign the consent form to take part in this survey and send me a copy on sousa.m.02@isg.edu.sa allowing them to take part in the following survey: 

https://forms.gle/gH3op7emfC19ABmBA 

If you would like to take part in an online interview to share your views about technology integration in the classroom, please do not hesitate to email me.  I can send the interview questions beforehand and arrange a suitable time for you.