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Does the Bring Your Own Device Program Really Benefit PV?

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 Isabella Nicosia'19

28 January 2019

The Bring Your Own Device System has been added to Passaic Valley this year in hopes of preparing students for life after high school. The new system allows students to bring in computers or tablets from home in order to complete school work and follow lessons during class. The students bring in their own device and connect it to the school Wi-Fi, so they can view educational sites approved by the school. 

I believe the BYOD system has improved PV over the course of this school year dramatically. Not only does it allow student to prepare for the work force, it also is a new innovative way for teachers to connect with students during lessons. New teaching methods come with new technology, which can help students really learn material in a new way. Not only does it set up a real-world scenario, it also can help students have a firmer grasp on a lesson that might otherwise be lost on them using older teaching methods.  

Ms. Jamie Peters, a PV teacher, believes that this new addition has really improved her class dynamic. Peters said, “I find that it is easier to have kids bring their own computers rather than struggling to find the laptop cart or reserve the library or the computer lab. By having kids bring their own computers daily it allows more opportunities with classroom instruction and more innovative lessons in the classroom that require technology.”

Not only is it more efficient, but it also brings PV up to speed in a society that is run by technology. There are very little jobs that do not require any sort of technology. By introducing it earlier on, Passaic Valley students will get a taste of what the real world outside of high school is like. This will make it easier when it comes to finding jobs in the near future.   A mans hands hovering over a laptop. photo creds:

Also, students who are more technologically savvy have a better chance of being hired for certain positions opposed to those with little to no experience working with tech. This makes it easier to find a job in a world that is now heavily dependent on mathematics and science. These jobs are quickly becoming some of the highest paid and most demanding.

Mr. Anthony Meluso shared, “The bring your own device system allows kids to work in a more modern way. We were really behind. Students k-12 are so behind in getting them ready for college and plus. Younger students, second graders, are getting tablets or something technology wise. In eight years, they are going to be in your seat, and they will be more used to the world out there now a days.”

Many students also feel as though the BYOD system brings PV up a rung in the educational ladder. Jake Son'19, also sees BYOD is a step in the right direction for the future. Son explained, “Every year classes have gotten more and more serious in a good way. I feel like this BYOD is just another example of PV getting more serious about education.”

Even though this program is fairly new, many can already see the benefits it brings to the PV team. Others argue that the laptops and tablets have a few too many negatives to positively effect the school. 

Luciana Forte'19 shared, “I don’t enjoy the bring your own device program as much as I thought I would because it is too easy to be distracted. I also think that the teachers should be more consistent as to whether or not laptops should be enforced.”

This argument may be true for some, but many more see it as a viable decision as opposed to pencil and paper. Even though, at first, some students may be distracted by all that the tablets have to offer, each student can definietly begin to see how much the laptops can really keep you on track. By having all of your work saved on one device, the average student no longer has the possibility of forgeting to bring in a notebook or worksheet. Instead, notes and homework can all be saved and accessed at home or at school when the teachers see fit. Some teachers have not had the opportunity to see all of the benefits the system provides, but I believe that in a few years they will soon see technology in the classrooms as a step forward. When they do, I am sure they will also enjoy incorporating devices into their lesson plans.

The opportunities that come with integrating tech into PV are endless.