In fall 2012, Bryan ISD, Texas, launched its MIT (My Instructional Technology) Program, which allowed K-12 students to bring their own electronic devices to school “for the sole purpose of research, assessment, and/or learning opportunities.” The Instructional Technology Team that led the effort—including Janis Greeno, Jana Wenzel, Troy Kuhn, and Tisha Nowak—presented a poster session at ISTE 2013 to share insights.
“The goal of MIT is to foster a more personalized learning environment [in which] students use instructional tools that enhance and expand their understanding and application of the curriculum.”
“Students are not required to bring their own electronic devices to school. All Bryan ISD schools have computers and other electronic devices for students to use when needed. Classroom teachers and administrators have the ultimate say on when and how personal electronic devices will be utilized.”
After consulting with other districts that had implemented a BYOD program, the team developed guidelines for their district. The team made a series of infrastructure changes to support the increased connections and shared classroom integration ideas with district faculty. The program was piloted for one year in the smallest high school prior to launch.