The Case for BYOD in the Classroom - Part IV: Millennials Demand BYOD in the Classroom
July 31, 2012 by Bill Rosenthal

BYOD woman using iPad *80 million young adults born between 1976-2001

Some years back I attended my son’s “Back to School Night.” (That’s where parents sit at small desks to meet our children’s teachers.) She told us something that I found fascinating.

“Children today don’t learn the same way as we do. People of our generation (hmmm… she was about 30 so I took it as a compliment!) learned in a linear fashion, where we were introduced to one concept at a time. “

“Children and college kids today grew up with the Internet, video games and PDA’s. They are capable of digesting input from various sources simultaneously. Therefore, I teach them the same way they are accustomed to learning.”

Millennials are Tech-Savvy Multi-Taskers

That was five years ago. Many kids who grew up on the Internet are now in the workforce, and what my son’s teacher said about the school classroom is equally true in the professional classroom. According to the Connected World Technology Report 2011, one in three college students and young professionals consider the Internet to be as important as air, water, food, and shelter. These findings are a clear indication that technology must play a key role in engaging today's young workforce

According to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, millennials switch their attention between, media platforms like Smartphones, laptops, tablets and television an average of 27 times per hour—compared to 17 times from the previous generation.

Here’s another stat from UNC:

1 in 3 millennials said he/she would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility and work mobility above salary when accepting a job offer.

Think all they’re interested in is Facebook? Think again. 30% of Millennials started a business while still in college. This is a motivated, educated demographic; these are people you want on your team.

But it’s not just the younger workforce that’s hooked on personal devices. An ever-growing number of 30, 40 and 50-somethings would just as soon give up breathing than do without their Smartphones, laptops and tablets either.

That’s why having a BYOD policy to protect data and infrastructure security and compliance is far preferable to banning personal devices from the office and classroom. It makes perfect sense that company training and development courses and management training programs should incorporate– and embrace− personal devices into the curriculum.

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