Veteran educator Linda M. Ward argues why “bring your own technology” (BYOT) programs should begin at the elementary level

byotIn an effort to make technology more available to students, some school districts are adopting “bring your own technology” (BYOT) programs, in which students and staff are allowed to bring devices from home to use on the schools’ networks for educational use.

Usually, districts adopting BYOT programs initiate them at the high school level and allow them to 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. 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.

(Next page: What current studies show about young students’ brains, and how that relates to BYOT)