Devices in the Classroom: How Districts are Addressing

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 9/11/2013

A study released earlier this year showed that 69% of students would like to use mobile devices more in the classroom. Currently, 36% of 4th and 5th graders owns a tablet device and 43% of students in K-12 owning a smartphone. 52% of students that use a tablet for school work are using their own personal device. These statistics reflect the practice of 'bring your own device' (BYOD) shifting to the classroom.

As discussed by Gillian Shaw for the Vancouver Sun, the technological scene in classrooms is shifting dramatically. Desktop computers are being replaced by tablets, which are more often than not supported with BYOD. With the speed at which technology changes, BYOD may offer the solution to give the students more freedom of choice.

Earlier this year, Edudemic took a look at 10 real-world BYOD classrooms to see what worked and what did not. For the most part, the integration of BYOD allowed educators to embrues technology in learning despite a lack of resources, though some of the case studies offer insights into areas where policy changes could be improved. For example, some schools found supporting multiple platforms tricky, though our belief is that shifting the focus from the management of devices to the management of data gives you greater control through much simpler means.

For K-12 districts looking to protect devices (district-owned or BYOD), we recently teamed up with Follett to provide a new bundle package offering a Complete Asset Management Solution for K-12 districts. Pairing Follett's Destiny Asset Manager and Absolute Software's Absolute Manage for the first time, the two companies are offering a powerful combination – Destiny Asset Manager IT powered by Absolute.

Destiny Asset Manager IT powered by Absolute provides full accountability and cost-effective management over a large number of devices across a district's digital learning environment. The new asset management solution allows K-12 districts to efficiently track, manage and secure all their valuable computers and mobile devices, and effectively support critical 1-to-1 student computer initiatives. To learn more about Destiny Asset Manager IT powered by Absolute, visit here. For additional solutions for the K-12 marketplace, visit our website.

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