BYOD is something I believe is here to stay. Whether or not we embrace it is another topic. If it is here to stay, then I believe all schools need a policy on devices. I would rather see the policy naming teachers as having the final say, but I guess having a policy is better than not. You can't make everyone happy. Every school needs a policy because students are going to bring devices to school. The school needs a common plan on how to deal with this so school employees are pitted against other employees or students.
Tricia voiced the same opinion I have about a BYOD policy. She says "Students are bringing devices to school, whether or not they are allowed to use them in class. It is my opinion that a policy in place would help navigate how to deal with all these devices." This clearly says that we need a policy to help deal with this so students are clear and there is no ambiguity. Besides the students we also have to think about the parents as well. A students device could be broken or have some other unfortunate thing happen to it. We must have a way to deal with this that is clear. Who wants to be left responsible for someone else's device or be caught in the middle of an argument about that device? Teachers have so many responsibilities that dealing with tech problems should not be at the top of the list.
Daysha voiced the same opinion I have read on many blogs that every school needs a policy. What this policy looks like should be determined by the demographics of the school and the teachers. Special consideration should be taken to deal with students whose families cannot afford the technology. We don't want to embarass these students. However we would hate to have all kids miss out on technology. I think a policy crafted to the particular students in your school would be the most beneficial to deal with this. Daysha also pointed out that this policy would be more beneficial to upper grades. Students in younger grades have enough trouble keeping track of simple things like gloves and pencils. You would hate to make them responsible for something that is so expensive. Plus younger students would be harder to troubleshoot all at once. I envision the teacher would have to go around and help each student get to the correct place. They just don't have the same skills older students have.