This is part four of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide”, then “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment” and finally “Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education”
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models are becoming increasingly popular in schools across Australia, especially as schools try to continue providing 1:1 access after the end of the DER programme. The strategy enables students to use their own computers or other devices in the classroom. The tightening of school budgets and the consumerisation of technology make the BYOD model attractive, but the use of BYOD programmes requires careful planning by IT, to ensure that the students can still participate fully, and to avoid disruption in the classroom, and the perils of teaching to the lowest-denominator device.
Our new Deployment Guide for BYOD Devices has been produced to help you evaluate the different device options. Before it dives into the specifics about deploying your BYOD model, it starts with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses across different BYOD device options:
- App-based device
- Laptop computer
- Tablet PC with pen
It then goes further to analyse the considerations for different Education BYOD models, with a further look at benefits & considerations of each BYOD model:
- School-defined single-platform laptop
- School-defined single-platform laptop plus another device
- School-defined multiplatform laptop
- Student choice of laptop or tablet
- Bring whatever device connects to the Internet
The deployment advice then flows from these options:
Building a secure BYOD environment – which includes physical device security, data security and access control (with some excellent links to detailed TechNet library articles)
Building a supportable BYOD environment – including technical support, maintenance, licensing of software, security and device lifecycles.
Preparing the infrastructure – including network security , file and print, collaboration and communications considerations.
For more background, and discussion around the teaching and learning scenarios, you should also read the Microsoft BYOD In Schools white paper produced last year by my colleague Sean Tierney and Bruce Dixon from the AAL Foundation. More information here