One has to be skeptical of such reports: everyone has a political agenda these days. If you are trying to dig into the politics, here is a place to start. We all have to focus on students but that is rarely the case these days. Our eye is not on the ball in education and we will reap what we sow in 20 years with no one to blame but ourselves.
Richard Byrne's evaluation of TEDEd includes a desire to have live chat while watching a video. this is a tough one. I have found unless chat has a purpose it gets off purpose. Multitasking is a myth. I winder if they could have catch points to stop and chat instead.
A set of resources (that I have also cited on my blog) of BYOD Best practices over at TES. (Again, I do work for them and want to help start building out information in places where the most teachers can see them.) IF you have a resource, please leave a message in the comments on the page and I'll be happy to add them, or create your own resource.)
This District Administrator Magazine article (citing Lucy Grey and Tim Wilson) talks about how to upgrade your infrastructure for a BYOD program. This detailed article goes into tech support, rules, and policies.
"But with technology budgets languishing and such devices becoming more powerful, affordable and omnipresent in students’ lives, district technology leaders are now eyeing a welcome educational harvest through bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs."
This is Miguel Guhlin's shared Evernote notebook on Bring Your Own Device. This shows how Bring Your Own Device can be done but also how useful Evernote is becoming. (Although I have to admit that I'm having a terrible problem with an update/ reinstall on my Windows 7 64 bit machine at work and have been down there for at least a month - but am working on it.) Here's a great notebook. (Hat tip to Kevin Jarrett who shared this on Facebook Sunday morning.)