It has recently been estimated that BYOD in the K-12 classroom will hit 20% by the end of 2015, supporting the digitization of the classroom that is revolutionizing the learning experience. Thanks to technology, students have become “creators” rather than “consumers” of their learning experience. The introduction of mobile technology has been a challenge for many school districts, and the shift toward BYOD even more so. Deployment, training, management and security are all issues that school districts are faced with.
In an article on eSchool News, Bridget McCrea looks at “6 steps to a successful BYOD program” in the K-12 classroom, supported by insights from Lenny Schad, chief technology information officer at the Houston Independent School District. The article looks at how to embrace and encourage BYOD, to support educational initiatives, rather than simply reacting to the use of BYOD. The steps to BYOD success include suggestions to:
- Brand your BYOD effort, to encourage adoption
- Create a cross-functional team to support BYOD, so it’s not just a tech-driven initiative
- Blow up your current IT support model, since a “lock down” approach isn’t realistic and support requests will skyrocket
- Evaluate your filtering practices, which could slow down Internet access
- Install wireless access points in every classroom
- Create a non-threatening environment for teachers, which goes along with the first two points about trying to get everyone on board with the changing classroom
Here at Absolute Software, we provide comprehensive security and management solutions to help facilitate device use in the classroom. In fact, we currently protect 21 of the 25 largest K-12 School Districts in the United States with our solutions. We work collaboratively with these school districts to provide a safer environment while managing and securing mobile devices, including Absolute’s industry-only persistent monitoring, protection, investigation, and recovery services. We have also worked with districts to offer these services to student / parent-owned devices, supporting BYOD initiatives.
To manage BYOD in the classroom, one of the key issues addressed above is support. Through the use of Absolute Service, your IT team can streamline support and offer self-serve support to facilitate the growth of BYOD without the growth in support tickets. To learn more, visit our website.