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Which Strategy is Preferable: Bring-Your-Own-Device or Device Specific?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Dec 8, 2015 4:00:00 AM
Topics: digital content, retail technology

Technology has permeated into almost every walk of life. These days, no matter where you go, nearly every room you walk through either provides access to the web or contains a web-connected device. The ubiquity of modern technology extends to our classrooms and students’ homes as well. And that is the reason we are seeing more and more schools implement programs that bring modern devices like laptops and tablets into their classrooms.


These programs are, mostly, divided into two options. The first is a device specific strategy, which is when a school requires its students to either own or have access to a pre-chosen device. For example, a school that adopts MacBooks as the laptop its students will be required to use in the classroom will have chosen the device specific option.

Meanwhile, a school that allows its students to bring any web-connected device will have gone the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) route. In a BYOD program, students are free to bring in the devices they already use at home and begin using them in the classroom.

Both options have their pros and cons, but deciding on one or the other can be a tough choice for schools in such a predicament. Below, we’ve run through some of the advantages for device programs in general, as well as specific advantages for each option so you can better decide for yourself what you think would work best at your school.

 Shared Advantages

  • Using a device in the classroom will help students feel comfortable surrounded by technology.
  • Teaches younger students responsibility for carrying around an expensive piece of hardware.
  • With a web-connected device, learning opportunities are often broader and more engaging.


  • Students are more likely to be engaged when using their own device that they already feel comfortable with.
  • Students and their families can decide for themselves what they are comfortable purchasing for in-classroom use.
  • Your school does not have to worry about managing the devices throughout the year.

 Device Specific

  • Provides your school with the satisfaction that all students will be able to access the same materials in the same manner.
  • Maintenance is more streamlined because your staff will only need to be knowledgeable about a single specific kind of device.
  • Your school can easily push out apps or programs to the devices and create accounts through the same platform.

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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