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schools, 20% in early years and up to a staggering 40% for higher education. This in itself is a problem when purchasing for hundreds of learners can be quite expensive. There may be training required to use specific


software and applications on the mobile devices which can prove to be time consuming and again costly. These devices will have to be insured to prevent loss from lost or stolen devices and a limited capacity will mean that students are only able to use and download certain apps. Access to irrelevant content and information on the mobile devices may in fact distract the student which in the long term will have negative impact on performance.


Network security risks vary across different devices, but a safe and secure computing environment is essential. How can schools stay in control of this?


HJ: At the moment both sides aren't meeting in the middle, you have school children using one set of tools and devices and teachers using others, while everyone wants to be safe and secure. The school has to protect the safety and security of its pupils, but also the professional integrity of its teachers, thus channels that cannot be properly controlled or monitored are not the right option when looking for safe and secure computing environments. They need something that can be thoroughly monitored so that action to ensure pupil and staff protection can be taken, if necessary of course.


DS: By utilising the best tool designed for the given technology and supporting specific platforms within a school. Mixed environments within a classroom will challenge the ability to provide that safe and secure environment. And for teachers to embrace the use, there needs to be the ability for them to manage access down to individual students.


However, as with anything there are also


disadvantages related to the execution of this which may be why the concept has been so slow to integrate within the UK. The first and most common factor related to this is the initial cost of running this. Real-term cuts are expected throughout 2014–2015 throughout public education spending; from 1% on


JS: Currently, it can be determined that network security risks for a mobile device will be not as high as for a PC or laptop. With a diminutive number of cases reported with mobile devices it is not a cause of concern as of yet. However, schools can use Meraki MDM which is a multi-platform supporting iOS 4+, Android 2.2+, Mac OS X 10.5+ and Windows Vista+. It offers security for BYOD initiatives, and automatically classifies devices which are enrolled in the system. Devices can be grouped under different network groups and different profiles can be assigned to users. The core strength in relation to this is how it functions to be a system management; it is free and easy to sign up to. Rated extremely high by users it is something which will definitely enable schools to monitor and stay in control of the devices, and therefore prevent such a thing from occurring.


Does the UK lag behind in implementing mobile tech in schools? How can we learn from other nations?


BVC: There are a few countries currently demonstrating their ability to be innovative in implementing mobile


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