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General Chat Thread, How do you plan your school IT provision since Becta has gone? in General; Originally Posted by catshilllearning One of the core issues is the practical viability of BYOD. Most of my schools have ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by catshilllearning View Post
    One of the core issues is the practical viability of BYOD. Most of my schools have had bad experiences of pupils taking machines home and bringing them back into school. At the moment I am looking to run a pilot using low cost Android tablets but even then I realise that keyboardless computers are not going to work in all situations.
    What you're describing there doesn't seem to be BYOD though? It sounds more like a school led 'give each child a device' scheme, rather than a 'its all up to you - bring your own device and it'll be allowed on the network' scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    A thought, or rather a question, occurred to me last night, and whilst this question is primarily UK centric it will have relevance in a global context. And the question is this:

    Since the demise of Becta - the UK govt organisation that provided the standards/rules such as the computer-pupil-ratio to ensure that all schools met a required standard - what are schools doing now to ensure their IT provision is meeting the schools needs?

    Are you still using the Becta standards, or are you now planning to meet the needs of the curriculum and/or admin systems? Are you still even using the computer-to-pupil ratio? Is it technology that is now pushing you such as electronic registers and cashless catering? Do fads push you down the wrong route and swallow up time and budgets unnecessarily? Or is it some other factor entirely?
    So please put my mind at rest and let us all know what it is you now do to ensure that the IT in your school meets the demand of the staff, pupils and curriculum demands, and what new challenges are you now facing since Becta is no longer there to give guidance.
    We're indifferent to their passing, though some more up to date central stats would be nice. Becta didn't do much for us - we were already looking at ITIL and had most of our IT staff ITIL certified already before FITS took off, and we already had network provision far in excess of their suggested quotas, just to give two examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshilllearning View Post
    One of the core issues is the practical viability of BYOD. Most of my schools have had bad experiences of pupils taking machines home and bringing them back into school. At the moment I am looking to run a pilot using low cost Android tablets but even then I realise that keyboardless computers are not going to work in all situations.
    What you're doing there with issuing organisation-owned devices to people, by the sound of it, isn't BYOD, so you can't really cite it as a problem with BYOD.

    Have you considered making sure that the data that pupils (and staff) need is available in an open, platform agnostic way so that people can bring their own device in and access data that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    99% of the people here didn't take any notice of BECTA, or at least cherry picked the bits that suited them.
    ^^ This

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    BECTA was such a ridiculous waste of money socialist government quango.

    Typical labour trying to do everything from the top down.

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