When the Software & Information Association (SIIA) asked about “bring your own device” policies for the first time in its 2013 Results Vision K-20 Survey, it found that more K-12 and postsecondary educators encourage their students to bring electronic gadgets to class.
The report found that 46% of K-12 districts allow the practice. However, 80% of the K-12 classrooms that allow mobile devices in the classroom also restrict their use.
On higher ed campuses, 83% of two-year institutions and 95% of four-year schools encourage students to bring their own device, but institutions that allow BYOD with restrictions drop to 50% at two-year and 40% at four-year schools. Responses at the postsecondary level also suggested that restrictions will remain part of the policy for the foreseeable future.
“The survey indicates that educators in both K-12 and postsecondary have a desire to integrate technology at a much higher level that the present, but need support and assistance to make that happen,” wrote the authors of the report. “As technology evolves and technology solutions expand, there may be new opportunities to reach ideal goals with more cost-effective and less hardware-dependent solutions.”