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General Chat Thread, Article: Consumerisation of IT in Education in General; Originally Posted by Dos_Box I don't think that BYOT or allowing staff to choose what equipment they want to use ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I don't think that BYOT or allowing staff to choose what equipment they want to use is an impossibility, it just require a bit of though and some groundwork doing. If anyone out there runs such a scheme or allows staff to choose their won hardware then please let us know here how you go about it.
    Could you run a scheme where individual departments can purchase the IT provision they require, as long as it is within a list of approved devices or through the IT department?. Then at least you could have some control over the devices?

    In respect to Students I support the idea of BYOT, we provide segregated access to the Internet using our wireless network, and this gives access to our VLE and other internet based resources. We still use MS Office within school, but students are taught to save in open formats that can be read across different programs.

    It is made clear to the parents that the school does not support these devices. However i am looking into providing a pay for service to correct problems.

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    With BYOT, what happens with all of the expensive software the school has purchased in the past that cannot be installed on computers not owned/leased by the school? e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio. Does it relegated to a Remote Desktop server, thrown out and/or replaced with inferior web-based alternatives?

    If Microsoft (and Intel) want to promote the use of BYOT and the consumerization of IT, why are they still artificially restricting their products based on the old home and work differentiators? Will future "home" editions of Windows include all of the features which are currently restricted to the Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate editions (such as domain joining, BitLocker, MUI packs etc.) and is Intel going to add support for features normally reserved for businesses to all of their processors/chipsets (AES-NI, vPro etc.)? Somehow I don't see this happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    With BYOT, what happens with all of the expensive software the school has purchased in the past that cannot be installed on computers not owned/leased by the school? e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio. Does it relegated to a Remote Desktop server, thrown out and/or replaced with inferior web-based alternatives?
    As Russ suggested. there are prerequisites for the BYOT model, and one of these is to have a software procurement strategy that insists software is only purchased that fits the School/Colleges strategic vision (that software and services will run on a ubiquity of devices) . BYOT doesn't happen overnight so nothing really goes to waste, and there are situations (such as media depts) where BYOT isn't always going to work. We found that directing students to opensource software (such as lightworks, paint.net, blender) actually has a far more positive outcome as student are more likely to 'tinker' with the software at home, resulting in better marks.

    I don't think it matters so much that MS and intel are still crippling their 'non-corportate' lower range product, The BYOT is primarily a web-based model or one that allows users to choose their own productivity tools.

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    There are several large scale deployments / pilots in schools where students bring their own netbooks/ notebooks to classroom. Check out netbooks.eun.org "Six countries are participating in the Acer-European Schoolnet Educational Netbook Pilot in schools. Netbooks are a rapidly evolving category of small, light and inexpensive laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing web-based applications. The pilot is interested in exploring how the introduction of netbooks and one-to-one pedagogy in schools could change the processes involved in teaching and learning." It has detailed survey results of hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. Hard facts !

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    Although not directly related to education, I thought this BYOT article in the New York Times a few days ago was an interesting read...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/te...pagewanted=all

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