Schools Face Unique BYOD Challenges, But Are Finding Solutions

October 9, 2012 - 3 Comments

As a member of the Cisco Public Sector team, and being married to an educator, I have been engaged in a few (sometimes heated) debates on students, teachers and staff bringing their own devices to school. Many teachers have seen impressive results from utilizing students’ own devices in the education process, and with school budget cuts, most teachers do not have any other mobile option, so it’s safe to say that BYOD is taking a strong hold in education.

As a result, schools find themselves addressing unique issues of scalability, security, manageability and budget when it comes to developing and implementing BYOD policies. How will they accommodate in real time the explosion of new devices and applications that students and staff want to use on the network? How will they regulate who uses what device from which location in what manner? How will they support BYOD within a restricted budget?

I recently read an interesting post by Amy Blanchard on this topic. You should check out her recent post on the Cisco Mobility blog, she includes reference to an interesting case study – definitely worth the read!

By the way, what is your position on BYOD in schools? Love to hear your interesting stories and insights!

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  1. Just excellent post…and I agree with you Kerry Best, my regards and respects for both of you from Puerto Rico…

  2. Thanks, Joe, I think you are spot on. It’s just like anything else you bring into the classroom, it has to be used effectively, and good teachers will always figure out how to do that. Of course, there are classes and times when it doesn’t make sense to have devices in the classroom, and it’s important to give the teachers authority to say when and where a specific device is appropriate.

  3. I think there is a fine line between utilizing a connected device as a learning aid and introducing a distraction.

    Teachers will need to have clear objectives for Bring Your Own Devices lectures and understand when to reach for the devices and when to put them aside.