Some Interesting "BYOD in Education" Statistics You Must Know

One of the popular trends in education sector worldwide is to Bring Your Own Device to the classroom and the institutions allow users to access to the networks on their personal devices.

With this model in practice, massive opportunities come to students and teachers making their learning-teaching experience better. In this tech-savvy world, a well implemented BYOD model is becoming the new expectation by all.

The following statistics will help you understand it more from the Bradford Networks ‘Impact of BYOD on Education’ Survey is based on the response of more than 500 IT professionals from colleges, universities and K-12 school districts across the US and UK.

Key findings of the survey include insights and stats on the adoption of BYOD across education sector, how personally-owned mobile devices are changing the education experience and NAC Emerging as Critical BYOD Enabler.

Following are few digits in relation to the survey conducted: 

BYOD Adoption High Across the Education Spectrum; Higher Ed Outpaces K-12:

- 85 percent of respondents currently allow students/faculty/staff to use their network.

- 89 percent of respondents from higher education stated they allow students to use their own devices on campus networks, while only 44 percent of K-12 respondents allow students to bring their own device.

- 84 percent of schools who do not currently allow BYOD stated that they receive frequent requests from students and faculty to use their own devices on the network.

Personally-Owned Mobile Devices Are Changing the Education Experience:

- 78 percent of respondents stated that personal devices were being used in their school systems “for personal use by teachers and students,” while 72 percent stated that students used the devices to complete class assignments.

- 52 percent of respondents stated that personal devices were being integrated into the classroom experience.

NAC Emerges as Critical BYOD Enabler; Startling Security Practices Still Exist:

- 56 percent of respondents stated that they use network access control to automate the BYOD on-boarding process; 17 percent stated that the IT department manually registers each device.

- 27 percent of respondents stated that they allow open access to the school network to anyone, without registration despite going against best practices in network security.

54 percent of respondents said they do not require Antivirus products to be installed on the device prior to allowing it to connect the network.

The other study on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Schools 2013 Literature Review

Excerpt from the text is as follows:

‘ BYOD is a solution where students quite literally bring their own device to school in order to access the internet and/or school network by 3G or Wi-Fi, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. There are various models for BYOD which are discussed later in this review.’

  BYOD is coming under serious consideration globally by schools for many reasons, including:

- Lack of funding to continue or implement one-to-one laptop programs.

- The ubiquity of wireless internet enabled devices.

- The integral nature of these devices to the students’ own world.

- Pressure from students to use their own devices in class.

- Leveraging students’ attachment to their own devices to deepen learning and make learning more personalized and student centered.

- Furthering the development of 21st century skills.

- The availability of cloud based storage and applications.

- Increasing parental support for such a move.

What stats, facts or reasons did I skip about BYOD in education? Keeps the list growing in the comments!

About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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