BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a trend that has been becoming increasingly more popular in education – almost 50% of districts allowed, or were developing a BYOD policy in 2014. After weighing the pros and cons and deciding to roll out a district-wide BYOD program, here are some of the top tips for implementation:
1. Cover the whys.
What makes BYOD a good fit for the district? Administrators need to think through the options, outline the benefits, and weigh the challenges.
2. Get buy-in.
Districts need a solid, written plan to get approval from the board, as well as buy-in from parents and teachers.
3. Determine the devices.
Determine what devices will be allowed on campus, including whether only devices with Wi-Fi connectivity will be allowed, or also those with 3G, 4G, or LTE connectivity.
4. Update all AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies).
Set and share policies for what, when, and how students can use their devices on campus, as well as determine how policies will be enforced.
5. Plan IT support protocols.
Determine what IT will (and won’t) do on personal devices, and what hours IT support will be available.
6. Educate teachers.
Give them basic advice to support lessons across multiple platforms.
7. Address equity.
What will be done about students who don’t have a device? Make supplemental devices a part of the plan.
8. Prepare network.
Schools need to get the wireless infrastructure ready for BYOD demands, determine how to secure the primary network, force personally owned devices onto a separate LAN, and provide filtered access through the LAN.
9. Provide a platform.
BYOD encourages anytime, anywhere, any device learning—so make sure there is a platform compatible with any device that students and teachers can access for schoolwork, discussions, resources, assignments, and more.
10. Be prepared, but flexible.
BYOD is a big change for many districts. Prepare by reading and listening to districts that have done it—but also be flexible and ready to adapt to unexpected surprises (good and bad).
Source: Light Speed Technologies http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/byod-in-schools/
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