Brief Summary

With the quest for knowledge at our heels and technology advancement exponentially soaring, it is easy to see why we must move with it, or be left behind. Today, it is no longer about providing “basic productivity computing capability” (McPherson in Campbell et al, 2013, p. 7), instead, it is about vividly changing the ways people gather information and problem solve. For this, educational institutions need to develop with technology, instead of continuing to teach with traditional paper based instruction (Lee & Finger, 2010). Over the past century, mobile computing has moved at a rapid pace, from radio waves and wireless networks, to cell phones, microprocessors and personal computers to, most recently, smart phones and tablets (Johnson et al, 2014). Yet all this time, education has maintained paper-based technology (Costa, 2014, Lee & Finger, 2010), instead of embracing technology. Yes, schools use computers. But they are not completely integrated into their programs (Violino, 2012). Much research suggests that ‘bring your own device’ programs are the way to alleviate the challenge of updating and maintaining technology (Cornwell, 2014; O’Keefe in Campbell et al, 2013), gain faster and easier access to resources, increase productivity and enhance collaboration among students and staff (Raths, 2013; Violino, 2012), amongst other benefits. In saying this, there are many concerns voiced by those who have implemented programs such as privacy, security and network capacity issues (Campbell et al, 2013; Cornwell, 2014; Violino, 2012) and equity concerns (Booth, 2013; Imakezi, 2014; Schaffhauser, 2011) leading to paralysing fear, uncertainty and doubt (Campbell et al, 2013) and, consequently, little to no strategic change. Those who have published information about their programs, however, do also make suggestions for improvement and note that whilst the program may not be perfect, this change in teaching and learning caters to the digital native students of today and provides them with the tools needed to be global citizens in this technology driven modern world.

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