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This is what we do: mount our shared drive into moodle so that students can access the resources onto any device.
Neat. You should be able to create web pages with widgets on Google Sites to do the same sort of thing including file upload, download, sharing, versioning and with access control based on user and groups. You also have access control on Google Apps for Domains to control external access etc. It is worth trying out Google sites, discussion boards, Youtube EDUGoogle hangouts, and some of the other sharing features in Google. There is nothing there can't do with local servers local applications etc. equally well - it is just that it is free for education and so damn cheap because you don't have to pay for hardware and maintenance.

The issue that we have at our school is that students home devices (or BYOD) cannot read the documents that staff create. This is important for homework and for students devices in lessons. An example is that a member of staff creates a boardworks or powerpoint file, but the student cannot access it on their own device. We cannot dictate to parents what device they should buy, so we are left with one or two options: One is office 365 - but this is severely lacking in functionality - particularly in terms of collaboration if staff and students are not all running MSOffice and sharepoint. The other is Google docs which happily integrates with everything (so far). I've yet to see a student bring in a device (blackberry, IOS, Windows, Android,Chrome) that we've not been able to integrate with our infrastructure. Caveate is that we also run Citrix Xenapp for the occasion google doesn't cut it.
That's the beauty of Google Apps and other cloud apps - you should be able to use Google Docs and all web apps on any device without installing any local apps (apart from a browser) - perfect for BYOD.

Remote access really is a must for higher educational organisations where a BYOD policy is used. Citrix Receiver and Ericom Access Now are HTTP based remote access server side technologies, and so perfect for BYOD as access is possible from any device. There is also the Linux Gtk3+ Broadway display server technology which displays what was originally served in X-Protocol in HTTP. Although not quite complete, when complete, it will allow Linux applications of all kinds including desktop applications to be served directly to the network via HTML5. There is also an online version of LibreOffice that does the same. When these come to fruition they will be a huge boost to BYOD it that it will allow remote access from any device to a number of useful free desktop apps including GIMP, Latex, Inkscape, Open/LibreOffice, PDF Split and Merge etc., various video editors, and a huge base of programming and development tools.
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