MakersPlace Closing the Digital Skills Gap With BYOD Concept

Are you tired of dealing with outdated, slow, and malfunctioning school-issued devices? Are you looking for a way to increase efficiency and productivity in the classroom? If so, consider implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy at your school.

MakersPlace is the leading STEAM education solutions provider in Ghana with certified facilitators. The organisation is advocating for schools in Urban areas to introduce Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the classroom.

With BYOD, students and teachers can use their own personal devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, for educational purposes. This allows everyone to use devices that they are already familiar with and comfortable using, which can improve engagement and productivity.
MakersPlace, in the year 2021, started piloting this concept at My Redeemer School in Accra – Ghana, and by the end of the year 2022, about 16 more schools have joined.

The benefit the schools enjoy from the introduction of BYOD is that it saves them a significant amount of money. Rather than having to purchase a separate device specifically for school use, individuals can simply use their own devices, which they may already own or plan to purchase for personal use anyway. This can be especially helpful for students and teachers on a budget, or for those who may not have access to the financial resources to purchase additional technology.

It allows for greater flexibility and convenience for both students and teachers. Rather than being tied to a specific device or location, individuals can use their own devices to access course materials and complete assignments from anywhere, at any time. This can be especially helpful for those who may have busy schedules or other time constraints that make it difficult to complete coursework during traditional school hours.

It can reduce the burden on schools to purchase and maintain a fleet of devices, which can be expensive and time-consuming. It also allows schools to allocate their technology resources more effectively, potentially focusing on providing devices for students who may not have access to them otherwise. This can help to create a more equitable learning environment and ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.

To ensure security and compliance with educational standards, your school can implement policies and practices such as requiring password protection and two-factor authentication and limiting the types of data that can be accessed or stored on personal devices.

In summary, BYOD can be a valuable tool for improving efficiency, engagement, and cost-effectiveness in the classroom. I encourage you to consider implementing a BYOD policy at your school.