Australian Schools dilemma on BYO technology

by Jewel Topsfield, The Age

The Australia report, which was funded by Dell, said interest in the trend known as BYOD – bring-your-own device – had peaked this year as the sustainability of the national secondary school computer fund and digital education revolution came into question. ”Educators … are concerned with schools’ ability to continue providing computing devices to students should, as it seems likely, funding models for one-to-one student programs be withdrawn in 2013-2014,” Joseph Sweeney from Intelligent Business Research Services says in the report. ”Everyone is looking for the ‘one approach’ that alleviates all of the headaches of providing digital education (changing policies, duty of care, maintenance etc), while consuming as little of the scarce ICT budget as possible.”

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