‘BYOD’ – Bring your own device!

There is a lot of talk at the moment about the ‘BYOD’ agenda in business and education and the continual blurring of work and personal life and networks. The vast majority of mobile devices are designed specifically for personal use and many are now incredibly powerful putting the ability to quickly access, create and share resources in the hand of the user at all times. Many staff and students have access to these devices 24/7 and even if your school / organisation does not have a policy on allowing them to connect to your networks you do need a policy on managing them within your organisation and this should be reflected in your AUP (acceptable use policy).

Several schools are now looking at the proliferation of these devices as a means to give their pupils 1:1 access to technology in school without having to make the huge financial investments needed if they were to mass purchase such devices. They are also examining the impact the use of these devices can have with staff in terms of effective communication and collaboration.

So what are the benefits and potential pitfalls to adopting a ‘BYOD’ strategy in your organisation?

This simple BYOD decision maker guide from azurri will help you ask the right questions and make the appropriate decisions for your school / organisation.

Other useful blog posts include

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2012/02/14/some-thoughts-on-byod-in-education.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2012/01/03/bring-your-own-device-byod-at-saltash-net.aspx

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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