Boarding - IT provision for students?
We're going be taking on some boarders next year and I'm currently having discussions about the best way to accommodate their IT requirements.
I'm keen on BYOD, with a separate VLAN linked to a VDSL line with OpenDNS web-filtering. (This would also server the residential staff quite nicely too).
It seems to me though that there are rumblings amongst some of the teaching staff responsible for the boarding house that they'd rather have School-provided IT equipment for the students as "they'll be less likely to get viruses that way, and won't be able to play games".
Now... my thoughts are that BYOD would encourage a greater sense of responsibility for the students (surely, part of what is going to turn them into well rounded adults), they'd be able to use their platform of choice for keeping in touch with their family (rather than us having to install every flavour of instant messenger/skypetypething/whatever) and the fact that they can play games is not necessarily a bad thing and I see that as being a pastoral issue rather than anything else.
Plus I envisage that the school-provided equipment wouldn't be loved and cherished... ;-)
What do other people do?