BYOD in Education: Final Thoughts

Part 5 of a 5 Part Series


No matter how you choose to approach BYOD, remember that Questeq has been a partner in education for close to 30 years. We can help you make the proper decisions that will allow your district to properly manage, support and incorporate any consumer device.

Whether it be helping you choose the right solution to manage the devices, or to show you some ideas that you can incorporate into your curriculum to leverage the power of these devices, we have knowledgeable staff to help guide you through these important choices.

We don’t sell products we sell solutions. Whether it be an Apple iPad, an Android Tablet, a Windows tablet, one of the many smart phones available, or just a laptop or PC, it makes no difference. We can help you manage how the devices are used as well as what applications can be used.

The most important thing to remember is that adopting BYOD needs to be student driven. If you are doing it for any other reason than student enrichment, you’re doing it for the wrong reason. If you decide to adopt BYOD, then make sure you have a plan in place for what to make available to the students so you can immediately gain the benefits of the digital world.

There are many advantages to one to one computing, however it is out of reach for many small school districts. To compete in today’s world, it is almost a necessity that students each have a digital device. Sometimes BYOD is the only solution. Just make sure you are embracing it for the right reasons, and we can help you along the way.

Read Part 1 of this BYOD series here.
Read Part 2 of this BYOD series here.
Read Part 3 of this BYOD series here.
Read Part 4 of this BYOD series here.

BYOD in Education: First Steps

Part 4 of a 5 Part Series

The first steps in designing a BYOD (or even a 1 to 1) strategy should include looking at what pieces of your curriculum are currently delivered digitally, what your teachers have requested to add to their curriculum, what you have found as a district that you would like to implement, and what other districts are using in their classes.

Forming a technology committee is also a good first step in understanding what the curriculum currently offers and what can be added to enhance the quality and depth of what your district is providing. Getting varied opinions on what is out there can help in designing the future goals for the teachers and technology staff. This includes choosing digital content that works with a wide variety of devices so there is a minimum of restrictions in the list of allowed devices at your district. Does the service work on an iPad as well as an Android tablet? Is the App available on all platforms? These all need considered when choosing content.

Another important first step is including in your strategic plan a method of managing both district devices as well as consumer devices so that both have the same experience. If you are using apps, how will they be delivered to the consumer device?

The final first step involves your district policy. Has it been updated to include the level of rights a district has on a consumer device if it is used on the school premises?  It has to be well defined what rights the IT staff and teachers have (or don’t have) on the device so there is no confusion when the device doesn’t function properly or needs an application installed. In the cases of laptops and netbooks, does the device have the latest anti-virus?  Can the district IT staff install another browser?

Read Part 1 of this BYOD series here.
Read Part 2 of this BYOD series here.
Read Part 3 of this BYOD series here.

Bring Your Own Network (BYON)

Here is an excerpt of the article. You can read the post article by clicking the link below.

So you’re letting your students BYOD and it’s going well. You’re saving money because students are bringing in their own technology, teachers are excited to be using digital resources, and your superintendent is telling everyone you’re a 21st-century district.

It sounds too good to be true and, sadly, it is.

Read the full article here: http://www.schoolcio.com/cio-feature-articles/0109/bring-your-own-network-byon/53761

Consumer Technologies Enter Schools

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This trend of using consumer products to access a school’s cloud-based applications refers to the“consumerization” of IT. Also involved in the trend is the explosion of the BYOD in schools, forcing students to use personal devices on the school’s network. It’s revolutionizing the way teachers instruct, and requires more support from tech teams.

Read the full article here: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/consumer-technologies-enter-schools

BYOT: No Internet Access, No Problem

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One problem with integrating most technology is that schools and teachers rely too much on Internet access. We forget that even without the Internet, laptops and mobile devices are very powerful learning tools.

Read the full article here: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=5655