These devices, whether it be a PDA, smart phone, cell phone, iPad, tablet, aren't going away and are often considered a necessity for families and individual needs. I think it's important to considers some of the positives and negatives of Personal Learning Devices and their incorporation into learning and the classroom.
- Classroom research opportunities - almost instantaneously can these opportunities be created and operationalized.
- Frees up computer lab space/use of school-owned technology - can provide this equipment for those who cannot afford personal devices themselves.
- Course lectures can be recorded and available for students to review material on the devices at any time.
- Assess student learning and provide peer review feedback by using online tools
- Create/archive student work as it is being created
- Bandwidth and wireless access needs to be considered and could be a drain on internal administrative technology that depends on this bandwidth
- Policing what students are looking at can be difficult (games, texting, Facebook, etc)
- Providing additional tech support (what happens if there are tech failures? what would be the back-up plan).