Downsides to School-Supplied Devices
Purchasing learning technology for every student is expensive. After the initial purchase, schools need to spend additional money on research, training and administration. Once you've supplied students with devices, you need an IT department to support them. With BYOT, maintenance is primarily a student responsibility.
Schools will need a beefy wi-fi network separate from the staff network to prevent access to sensitive information. Hundreds or thousands of students accessing it at once will be a major bandwidth drain. All the new machines are useless without a network to support them. Students bringing their own technology often use their own provider network.
When the devices are issued, students and parents need to be made responsible. Agreements must be in place in case of loss, theft or damage. Disputes and other administrative hassles are inevitable.
Control over content is an illusion. “Jail-breaking" school-issued devices is common. A web search will quickly yield videos and tutorials on how to escape the shackles the school has put on your borrowed tablet.
Deciding to supply students with technology is no speedy task. Funds must be allocated. Purchases must be researched and approved. Software must be customized. Teachers must be trained. Students must be trained. The process can take months or years. Before long, your new devices will be outdated, meaning the process will start all over again.