Bring Your Own Device BYOD, Dalton Plan, Digital Native Students, Mobile Technology
The use of modern devices like smartphones and tablets offers a wide variety of advantages in education, and mobile technology is becoming more or less ubiquitous in the lives of today's students. However, technology alone will not be effective in learning and the appropriate use of these technologies relies on having an appropriate teaching theory in instruction. Along with a quick glance at previous studies done on the benefits of mobile technologies in education, the main aim of the study is to provide information about the Dalton Plan, implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) into the classroom and applying Dalton Plan principles as a framework to guide BYOD in teaching. Taking the theory of Dalton Plan into consideration, instructors can utilize BYOD in 21st century classrooms in order to help digital native students become more independent and responsible, to enable them to efficiently communicate with others, and to control their own learning. The study attempts to develop insight into effective instruction to prepare todays’ students for a challenging real life.