Understanding Educators' Experiences in the Integration of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in K-12 Classrooms
The role of technology in the field of education has developed into different functions and responsibilities (Reinhart, Thomas, & Toriskie, 2011). Based on today’s ever-growing, diverse needs in teaching and learning, there is a constant drive from public school education to integrate technology in core content areas, and to provide technology-based learning opportunities for students and teachers (Mims, Polly, & Grant, 2009). The motivation to use technology in the public school curriculum is to improve the quality of student learning and curriculum instruction (Mims, Polly, & Grant, 2009). This includes: (a) the integration of technology-based instructional strategies and practices that would facilitate creativity and higher order thinking skills among students; (b) the implementation of appropriate and relevant professional development among teachers where technologies are utilized to enhance and support content delivery; (c) the application of collaborative technologies (i.e. wikis, blogs, websites, social media) among educators where they can build effective communication and positive professional learning communities; and, (d) the availability of lessons and activities in different online and web-based resources that educators can access in order to provide more opportunities for student success, student accountability, and active student engagement (Reinhart, Thomas, & Toriskie, 2011).
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