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One-to-One Education And BYOD

Smooth Educational Partnership Between Teachers And Students

Today, schools are entering a digital age, relying on Chromebooks and BYOD initiatives to supplement traditional tools like books and whiteboards. These new tools transform the learning ecosystem by extending the reach of classrooms for teachers and students and by creating more interactive learning experiences.

The one-to-one initiative gives students equal access to technology to ensure that they can take advantage of the new learning opportunities afforded by mobile devices like Chromebooks, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

However, providing a device to every student is an expensive endeavor for many schools to undertake. BYOD initiatives support one-to-one computing in classrooms by enabling students who have their own devices to use them, thus freeing up the school’s resources for those that cannot afford their own.

Benefits of BYOD

The combination of affordable devices and growing adoption of BYOD in K-12 enables schools to succeed in achieving their one-to-one computing goals. While there are many benefits of BYOD in education, getting everyone involved in the learning process (including parents) to collaborate in and outside the classroom is the most compelling. Another advantage is that BYOD allows schools to stretch IT resources, and do more with less.

Beyond technology, one-to-one is also an equalizer; it can democratize education and enable universal learning environments, making them accessible to everyone. Even with tight budgets, schools embracing BYOD can overcome technical and socio-economic barriers that may affect a quality education.

Using a BYOD program to support one-to-one benefits school administrators, teachers, students, parents and IT personnel. However, a successful program requires centralization, security, browser-based accessibility, and mobility.

Centralization

Centralizing Windows desktops, applications and legacy systems is a key way schools can both extend the life of their technology infrastructure, as well as protect these resources from viruses and unauthorized use.  By centralizing these resources, IT can provide secure access to learning curriculums for a broad range of school-issued computers and devices, in addition to personal devices owned by teachers, students and parents.

Moreover, centralization enables understaffed IT teams to manage day-to-day operations more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Browser-Based Accessibility

Today’s HTML5-based remote access solutions leverage modern browser technologies to enable universal, device-agnostic access to Windows as well as online educational resources, such as curriculums, assignments, lessons and applications. As a client-less solution, HTML5-based remote access eliminates the need to manage endpoint devices and install software and updates. Today’s browsers, ranging from Google’s Chrome to Microsoft’s Edge, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari, all support HTML5 and are widely available on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Browser-based accessibility removes the technical barriers of installing and managing device-specific apps. This feature reduces costs and makes it simple for students to use their own devices. Most importantly, browser-based accessibility gives teachers and students flexible options to connect, collaborate and learn.

Mobility

The pervasiveness of cloud computing and mobility will continue to provide new opportunities, streamline processes and create unique learning environments. However, the utility of mobile devices will only be as good as the resources schools can make easily accessible. Remote access technology from Ericom Software and other vendors enables schools to deliver next-generation education and curriculums to anyone, from anywhere using an array of devices – all via a web browser.

As K-12 students, teachers and administrators continue to implement BYOD programs to supplement one-to-one computing goals, schools must rethink how they can take advantage of centralized IT resources, browser-based accessibility and mobility to garner efficiencies and identify new opportunities that ensure a positive learning experience.