The BYO movement is gaining steam in part because of stretched school budgets that don’t allow schools to purchase technology tools or update existing technology.

“Bring Your Own initiatives can reduce the cost burden to districts by shifting some costs of device purchases and internet access to families—while still providing educational benefits,” the report says.

BYO opponents maintain that the initiatives don’t address access issues and that students who do not own devices do not have the same level of technology and information access, because they often use spare classroom devices and are not able to use the devices outside of the classroom.

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