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Securing Student Laptops for Safe Learning

mobilecomputingTechnology is an essential part of a 21st-century education for both teachers and students, and district 1-to-1 computing initiatives and laptop lending programs are on the rise. Most of the focus falls on how these mobile computers and handheld devices will help enhance teaching and learning. However, how a district manages its technology can have a significant impact on its budget.

New software makes it possible for companies to activate web-based communication with laptops, tracking their position and having them returned if they are stolen. These applications may also let school IT staff monitor hardware/software usage and determine if there are banned programs installed on school-issued machines.

With the generous support of Absolute Software, the editors of eSchool News have compiled this collection of stories and resources to help you and your staff choose the laptop security solutions that best meet your needs.

–The Editors

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