Laptops, tablets and smart phones are now commonplace in our daily lives. There’s a variety available on the market and everyone has a preference. Once upon a time these devices may have been used primarily for personal use, but now we expect to use them anywhere, in everything we do to make our lives easier. It’s this expectation that has driven the trend towards bring your own device (BYOD).
According to Bradford Networks, an organisation that has been at the forefront of network security in the education sector since 2000, one of the biggest markets driving the adoption of BYOD is education. Schools, colleges and universities are full of technology-savvy students who demand it, and school administrators who recognised that allowing network access using personal devices was a competitive advantage.
Bradford Networks recently commissioned a survey of 500 institutions in the education sector to gauge attitudes towards BYOD, and some of the results were quite surprising.
Over 85% of those surveyed allowed BYOD in their school, with 72% saying the students could use these devices on the school network. And of the schools that don’t allow BYOD, 84% reported that their students and teachers were demanding to be able to use their personal devices on the school network.
Within the schools that allowed BYOD, the most popular devices were iPads (96%), laptops (95%), games consoles (33%) and smart TVs (21%). But perhaps the most surprising thing is that these devices aren’t just being used for personal tasks; it seems that text books, flip charts and projectors could soon be a thing of the past as 52% of respondents said that the devices were being used to enhance the classroom experience to enable new ways of learning, teaching and collaborating.
Need some help?
Have you joined the BYOD movement, or are you in the 15% of schools that are still blocking personal devices from your network?
If you’re in that 15%, why is that? In Bradford Networks’ survey, the main concern around BYOD was security; 75% felt that laptops were the biggest threat as they were susceptible to viruses. Is that your view? Or is there something else that’s stopping you joining the movement?
If you have any questions about BYOD and how you could implement it safely for your school, why not contact us? One of our consultants would be happy to answer any questions you have, and provide recommendations for your school.
Author: Alice Hollis, Marketing Manager
Alice takes care of our brand, and supports the sales team. Before joining Foundation IT, she worked as a consultant for a number of IT and technology companies, helping to increase their brand awareness and launch new products. Alice also manages the marketing for our sister company, Foundation SP, ensuring close collaboration between both companies and their partners.