You hear in educational news the buzz term BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. Many districts are relying on students to provide their own technology. This is a simple budgetary solution to addressing student technology. On the other hand, you have districts that see the need to bridge the Digital Divide and provide the devices. My district is a case in point. This year, we are rolling out a full digital curriculum and one-to-one student devices. The question we are toiling with is “How do we manage all these devices?” Seriously, if the district is handing every student a new tablet/laptop, how do we ensure students take care of the equipment and bring it to school every day?
My question to you is twofold: what safeguards do you recommend putting in place to limit loss due to negligence or theft and what do you do when a student loses or forgets their device given that all curriculum is digital?