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Mobile devices are an absolute necessity for the current generation of students.  The 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report found that two-thirds of students (66%)  cite a mobile device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) as “the most important technology in their lives.”  At the same time, educators at schools, colleges and universities are embracing mobile learning and “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives to provide engaging and collaborative 21st century instruction and learning. These emerging trends are creating new demands on school and university networks to accommodate this unprecedented influx of users, devices and applications.

To help education leaders respond to these challenges and opportunities, Cisco recently announced Beyond BYOD, a next-generation solution which allows schools, colleges and universities to implement multiple device strategies without compromises.

With the rise of distance and blended learning, the “campus” is an increasingly virtual concept, with educators and students communicating remotely and exchanging information that must be kept secure.  Beyond BYOD allows schools, colleges and universities to optimize and manage the mobility experience for students, faculty and staff with diverse device, security, and education requirements.

Beyond BYOD features:

Beyond BYOD represents a new, more strategic approach to education IT challenges – one that acknowledges and enables user preferences while anticipating future demands and developments.  Schools and universities such as Katy ISD and Bowdoin College have been able to manage and scale their wireless network and deliver next generation learning environments -- without compromises.

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    Nice article, Victoria.
    I’d like to add that as more and more folks use mobile devices to access sensitive data (personal information, corporate data), security should be a concern. However, statistics show that security of mobile devices isn’t taken as seriously as it should be.
    Kudos to Cisco for doing some great work to handle security for mobility.


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