The Implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at School through Actor-Network Theory (ANT)


  • Faisal Firdaus Tuah
  • Nur Aira Abd Rahim


Actor Network Theory, BYOD, Bring Your Own Device


This conceptual paper explores the implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives in schools from the perspective of Actor-Network Theory (ANT). The article commences by examining the significance of technological innovation in the educational realm, specifically highlighting the transformative nature of BYOD initiatives. Subsequently, it delves into the theoretical underpinnings of ANT and its suitability for comprehending the implementation of BYOD in schools. The paper introduces the concept of innovation translation, which underscores the process of bridging the gap between technological innovations and educational practices. By employing ANT, the paper conceptualizes the implementation of BYOD initiatives as a complex network comprising intricate relationships and interactions among human and non-human actors. This conceptualization takes into account the involvement of devices, infrastructure, teachers, students, and other stakeholders in shaping the implementation process. Ultimately, the article concludes by underscoring the significance of ANT in providing a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics and complexities associated with BYOD implementation. Consequently, this understanding can inform the development of effective strategies and interventions to foster successful BYOD implementation within educational settings.