Schools Slow to Embrace the Option of Bring-Your-Own Device

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Nov 27, 2017
Rockville, Md. – Nov. 27, 2017 – More than three quarters of educators surveyed for a new report from Simba Information, K-12 Deployment Patterns and Purchasing Plans for Computing/Display Devices 2017, said a bring-your-own device policy can help solve the issue of students having access to computers for classroom learning, but only one-third of surveyed educators said their school or district has a policy that encourages students to bring personal devices into the classroom.

“Educators may be reluctant to offer students bring-your-own device options because of problems experienced when BYOD is tried,” said Karen Meaney, a senior analyst in Simba Information’s Education Group. “Four-in-ten surveyed educators believe a BYOD policy can cause minor problems, while almost one-quarter of surveyed educators believe a BYOD policy can cause serious problems.”

Those problems can include reliability of access, equity across students, compatibility with resources and security issues.

Additional information on the new report, which also contains data on technology present in classrooms, most popular brands of computing and display devices, funding trends and future purchase plans, can be found at: or by calling 888-29-SIMBA..

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