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6 BYOD Discussions Every School Should Have

6 BYOD Discussions Every School Should Have
We've been in BYOD mode for half a year, and I've already shared some best practices for the classroom with you. Putting on my IT hat, here are some of the things I've learned that you should consider as you work through your own BYOD plans and implementation. 1. What Platform Works Best with Your Network Configuration? If you know what the majority of your students and faculty are using, it is helpful to disclose what your BYOD network is optimized for. Apple Devices? Why? 2. Your student information system (SIS) should have apps on iOS and Droid devices, plus Windows RT access. 3. By this point, a learning management system (LMS) is almost essential for any successful BYOD environment. 4. Students should be able to print wirelessly from phones, tablets or any device, but they'll need some training. If you think too much printing will become a problem, you may want to consider print management software that establishes limits or counts pages. 5. 6.

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