In education BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is commonly used to mean permitting students and teachers to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, etc.) into educational institutions and to use those devices to access institutional information, applications and services in order to support learning. The technical challenges of facilitating and managing BYOD vary greatly and depend upon many factors like culture, national laws related to the use of mobile devices, school infrastructure or the availability of technically expert staff.
The new report ‘Bring Your Own Device for Schools: Technical Advice for School Leaders and IT Administrators’ addresses school leaders and IT administrators that have decided to implement BYOD and are looking for practical introductory advice regarding the technical aspects of it. The document provides relevant technical information that will allow them to engage in informed requirements analysis, planning and on-going oversight of the technical aspects and implications of BYOD but also useful reminders, tips and best practice examples.
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