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Bring your own technology (BYOT) is a policy that permits students or employees to use their digital devices at school or work. To increase technology availability in the higher ed classroom, students are encouraged to bring in cell phones, laptops and tablets to complete instructional activities. In-class technology use can better prepare students for their careers, which will likely require electronic access to applications, data and email.

Bring your own technology (BYOT) often refers to the “consumerization of IT:” the expectation of integrating personal devices into the classroom rather than depending on technology chosen by a school or instructor. Students in higher education use their own devices to collaborate with their peers—for example, Google Docs is a popular collaborative tool used for group work—while students can learn from others globally. BYOT is also used interchangeably with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).