BYOD at AISB - A Student Perspective

IMG 3860The BYOD, or “bring your own device” initiative, is one that asks  students bring their own devices to school. These devices include, and are not limited to, calculators, laptops, and tablets. This initiative is designed to take advantage of the improved internet  bandwidth, and to promote organization of resources by the student body. This article explores how the BYOD initiative has affected student life here at AISB.

Interview #1

IMG 3862Name: Yannick Nelen

Age: 17

Interviewer: What do you think about this school year’s BYOD initiative? What’s good about it? What’s bad about it?
Yannick: Overall, it’s very good, as I always lose my papers, but it does have its shortcomings; for example, my family only has one laptop available for use at school. As a result, I often find that during some important classes like, journalism, my little brother has the laptop. So, it seems that the BYOD initiative doesn’t acknowledge that not everybody has constant access to a computer; what if they don’t have the money to buy another?

 

Interview #2
IMG 3860 Name: Fatima Nimaga
 Age: 16

Interviewer: What do you think about this school year’s BYOD initiative? What’s good about it? What’s bad about it?
Fatima: It’s all good, it’s professional.
Interviewer: How is it professional?
Fatima: All in all, it’s very rare to see other schools using the bring your own device program, especially here in Mali.

Interview #3
IMG 3896 Name: Bastiaan De Noojer
Age: 18
Interviewer: What do you think about this school year’s BYOD initiative? What’s good about it? What’s bad about it?
Bastiaan: I think this system is the best, and most efficient, and organized way to work, and to get work done, and done on time. The problem is, sometimes the internet freezes, or simply stops working, which wastes time. But, it really beats the alternative of using, and then losing papers. But once you get work done on your device, it is saved, and always have that extra copy.

Interviewer: Great! so now could you tell me why this initiative is better than last year where we used the school’s computers?
Bastiaan: Since it’s more organized now, last year wasn’t as great because on of my big problems was that I would lose Handouts in all of my classes. They would pile up, and I’d always end up losing most, or all of them. So instead of asking for another one, all I have to do now is keep it on my computer, and send the work when it’s finished!

 

Interview # 4

IMG 3900Name: Moussa Diarra

Age: 17
Interviewer: What do you think about this school year’s BYOD initiative? What’s good about it? What’s bad about it?
Moussa: I think it was a really good idea seeing as last year when we all had common computers, many of the files that were saved, even on personal accounts, were lost. I noticed that the internet connection this year is a lot faster, and much more reliable.

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By Moussa Diarra