Mobile Device Strategy for Schools

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Part of a presentation given by Mark S. Steed, Principal of Berkhamsted School to headteachers at a meeting of the GSA East at New Hall School, Chelmsford on Thursday 6th July, 2013

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Mobile Device Strategy for Schools

  1. 1. “Mobile Device StrategyMeeting Headteachers of GSA (East)New Hall School, ChelmsfordThursday 6th June 2013Mark S. Steed, MA (Cantab.) MA (Nottingham)Principal, Berkhamsted Schools Group
  2. 2. Mobile Device StrategyBefore you go mobile . . .
  3. 3. Mobile Device StrategyBefore you go mobile . . .
  4. 4. Mobile Device StrategyBefore you go mobile . . .Make sure that you have the NetworkInfrastructure in place to support yourmobile device strategy. WIFI Network Architecture (cabling and switches) Internet connection
  5. 5. BYOD: Bring Your Own DeviceAdvantages1. Pupils use the device oftheir choice
  6. 6. BYOD: Bring Your Own DeviceAdvantages1. Pupils use the device oftheir choice2. Martini LearningAnytime,Anyplace,Anywhere
  7. 7. BYOD: Bring Your Own DeviceAdvantages1. Pupils use the device oftheir choice2. Martini Learning3. Cost Savings for theSchool• Limited Capital Investmentin end-user devices
  8. 8. BYOD: Bring Your Own DeviceAdvantages Pupils use the device oftheir choice Cost Savings for theSchool• Limited Capital Investmentin end-user devicesDisadvantages Necessitates a cross-platform solution= Bring-a-Browser Teachers can’t rely onfunctionality forclassroom teaching• Specialist equipment(e.g. Dataloggers)• Printing
  9. 9. BYOD: ProblemsIncompatible Peripherals Dataloggers:Many schools have investedsignificant sums inpurchasing Dataloggerswhich only connect todevices by a USB port iPads don’t have USB ports
  10. 10. BYOD: ProblemsTablets and iPads A paperless solution? School-wide printsolutions:• Drop-box(cumbersome)• WIFI Printing(expensive)
  11. 11. Investment PrioritiesWeb-based Learning Resources Learning Platform Google Apps Free Internet/Cloud-based Comparablefunctionality to theMS Office Suite (ish)
  12. 12. Mobile Device Strategy: 2 flexible solutions to considerApple Macbook Pro Laptop + CitrixApple Macbook Pro Can run Apps Can run AppleSoftwareCitrix Allows Apple torun your PCdesktop
  13. 13. Mobile Device Strategy: 2 flexible solutions to considerHybrid Windows 8 Tablet/PCHybrid Tablet/ PC Detachable touch-screen monitorWindows 8 App-based + TraditionalWindows
  14. 14. Mobile Device StrategyKey Questions1. Will all pupils be required to have a mobile device?2. Will there be a “standard issue” mobile device?3. Will the mobile device be personal or shared?4. Who will own the mobile device? School or pupil?5. Who will supply the device? School or parent?6. Which device?a. Laptops v. Tablets (incl. iPads)b. Apple v. Windows
  15. 15. Mobile Device StrategyTwo “Personal” Device Solutions:1. BYOD – Pupils bringtheir own device. Pupils bring own Networkis cross-platform – i.e.designed to cope withany device Teachers know thatpupils will have Internetaccess and can takenotes. Parents can purchasedevice of their choice.
  16. 16. Mobile Device StrategyTwo “Personal” Device Solutions:1. BYOD – Pupils bringtheir own device. Pupils bring own Networkis cross-platform – i.e.designed to cope withany device Teachers know thatpupils will have Internetaccess and can takenotes. Parents can purchasedevice of their choice.2. School ‘sells’ astandard device to pupils School supplies device Parents purchases device Network is single-platform– set up for the chosenschool device Teachers can rely on thepupils having access tosoftware. Network team havecontrol of devices.
  17. 17. Mobile Device StrategyTwo “Shared” Device Solutions:3. Departments have setsof devices of their choice School purchases device Departments can use thedevice and software oftheir choice. Requires a cross-platformsolution.
  18. 18. Mobile Device StrategyTwo “Shared” Device Solutions:3. Departments have setsof devices of their choice School purchases device Departments can use thedevice and software oftheir choice. Requires a cross-platformsolution.4. School has banks ofstandard devices School purchases device Network is single-platform– set up for the chosenschool device Teachers can rely on thepupils having access tokey software. Network team havecontrol of devices.
  19. 19. Mobile Device StrategyKey Questions1. Will all pupils be required to have a mobile device?2. Will there be a “standard issue” mobile device?3. Will the mobile device be personal or shared?4. Who will own the mobile device? School or pupil?5. Who will supply the device? School or parent?6. Which device?a. Laptops v. Tablets (incl. iPads)b. Apple v. Windows
  20. 20. 1. The School will require pupils to have amobile device (all? Y10 up?)Implications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Teaching Teachers can go into aclassroom knowing whatfunctionality and softwarepupils have available to them.Some teachers will bethreatened by pupils havingmobile devices and Internetaccess.For theNetworkThe network will need to havesufficient capacity and besufficiently reliable to copewith demandFor theBudgetIt is cheaper to configure anetwork where the type ofdevice is standard.Other factorsto considerSchools need to put in thenecessary infrastructurebefore embarking on this.Where are the pupils going tocharge their devices?
  21. 21. 2. The School will have a “standard issue”mobile deviceImplications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Teaching Teachers can go into aclassroom knowing whatfunctionality and softwarepupils have available to them.A single device may not bepopular or serve all needs.Different teachers/ departmentswill favour different devices toenhance their teaching.For theNetworkIt is much easier to configurea network where the type ofdevice is standard.The School is tied into a“standard issue” device andupgrades not possible until thenext purchase round, which islikely to be up to five years.For theBudgetIt is cheaper to configure andmaintain a network where thetype of device is standard.
  22. 22. 3a. The mobile device will be personal.Implications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Learning Pupils will use the samedevice at home as at school.Pupils can use the deviceanywhere.For Teaching Each pupil will have their owndevice with them. Teachersdon’t need to “book” themobile devices for lessonsFor theNetworkPurchase and maintenancecosts fall on parents (eitherdirectly or built into fees)Pupils will customise them, puton their own software; risk ofviruses, misuse etc.Other factorsto considerBattery recharging
  23. 23. 3b. The mobile device will be shared.Implications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Learning Pupils may not have access tokey software and files fromhome.For Teaching Teachers need to “book” themobile devices for lessons.For theNetworkNetwork team have totalcontrol of the devices on theschool network.Network team are responsiblefor maintenance of the mobiledevices.For theBudgetSchools gets best value out ofthe devices.Purchase and maintenancecosts fall on StaffDamage atschool, Insurance, BatterychargingHaving replacement devices instock.
  24. 24. 4a. The School will own the deviceImplications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Teaching Teachers can go into aclassroom knowing whatfunctionality and softwarepupils have available to them.Different teachers/ departmentswill favour different devices toenhance their teaching.For theNetworkThe network team canconfigure the device to astandard specification.For theBudgetSchools can bulk purchasedevices and get best valueOther factorsto considerSchool is responsible forcharging, damage, insurance.Upgrades would have to happenon a 5 year basis.
  25. 25. 4b. The Parents will own the deviceImplications Advantages DisadvantagesFor theNetworkThe network team don’t haveto maintain and repair thedevice.Parents may purchase thewrong device.Parents may object to Schoolvirus protection and softwarebeing put on the device.For theBudgetThe cost of the device isborne by parents.Other factorsto considerDamage at school, Insurance,Replacement may take time,
  26. 26. 5a. The School will supply the deviceImplications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Teaching Teachers can go into aclassroom knowing whatfunctionality and softwarepupils have available to them.A single device may not bepopular or serve all needs.Different teachers/ departmentswill favour different devices toenhance their teaching.For theNetworkThe network team canconfigure the device to astandard specification.For theBudgetSchools can bulk purchasedevices and get best value
  27. 27. 5b. The Parents will supply the deviceImplications Advantages DisadvantagesFor Teaching Teachers can’t go into aclassroom knowing whatfunctionality and software pupilshave available to them.For theNetworkParents may purchase thewrong device.The network team can’tconfigure the device to astandard specification.For theBudgetThe cost of the device isborne by parents.Parents can give pupils castoff devices from home
  28. 28. Email: principal@berkhamstedschool.orgTwitter: @independentheadLinkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/independentheadBlog: http://independenthead.blogspot.com

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