BYO, it’s begun. Bring your own technology… bring your own devices… the trend towards personal technology being an essential tool in learning is here. School district leaders are trying to figure out how to support many different devices in their buildings as state and federal funding for education gets tighter every year. Online IT management education tools and collaboration software are another big trend. Both of these trends will only continue to grow.
This creates security problems. IT doesn’t know what’s been added or changed on student machines. Students readily download the latest freeware, use peer-to-peer networking sites for file sharing and visit social networking sites that are comprised of downloadable content from literally everywhere.