3 key steps for a BYOD-ready network

BYOD is growing more popular, and school networks should keep certain points in mind as they contemplate implementation

byod-networkAs mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives become more common in classrooms across the U.S., school administrators and IT leaders are tasked with managing an influx of devices and maintaining a balance between network security and flexibility for students.

An increasing number of students have access to personal mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, which they are able to bring to school for academic use. Schools often maintain a classroom or library set of devices for students who do not own or who are not allowed to bring their own devices to school.

While access remains a critical issue, schools also grapple with ensuring their networks are prepared to support a large number of teacher- and student-owned devices. Here, Chris LaPoint, vice president of product management at SolarWinds, shares three key things a school should consider in the move to prepare its infrastructure for BYOD.…Read More

Crafting a successful BYOD policy

Two district admins outline steps toward sustaining a BYOD program

BYOD-policyWith each new school year, districts across the country prepare to provide meaningful educational opportunities for all students. The Rocky River City School District in Ohio is no different.

However, Rocky River has been experiencing a three-year renovation of district facilities with goals to increase technology in daily classroom instruction and internet access by students through a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy.

The district’s improvement initiatives are the result of an effective and fluid strategic plan, stakeholder engagement on educational and co-curricular needs, and the approval of a $42.9 million bond issue. Each planning and action step was as important as the next.…Read More