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BYOD : personal equipment in a professional setting

The acronym BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device”. Concretely, it refers to the use of personal computer equipment in a professional or educational setting.

Thus, to follow lessons and work in class, a student will bring his own device which will be connected to the school network and to its mobile device management (MDM).

In education, BYOD extends to the idea of ​​personal material provided by the community or the state (and no longer just those of the students), but that the student would take home after class. In France, BYOD truly entered discussions on digital education in 2014.

The advantage of the BYOD system lies in particular in its diversity of uses. According to a report from the Ministry of National Education on BYOD equipment published in 2018 : “The expectations and purposes expressed largely highlight the BYOD model as a response to the massive equipment of the pupils, to the lightening of the weight of the schoolbag or to a facilitated appropriation of the computer tool by the learners”.

The use of equipment in BYOD also allows young audiences to better understand the relevant uses of their digital tools and to develop real autonomy and responsibility towards them.

But this system sets the limit for social inequalities. Indeed : not everyone can afford their own mobile digital equipment. If cellphones are almost ubiquitous, tablets or laptops are way less widespread.

During the first lockdown, in 2020, the pedagogical continuity had to be answered quickly. Among the attempts to reduce the digital fracture is the distribution of devices that can be taken to students’ homes. Many local authorities have initiated the movement and the Ministry of National Education has followed with its experimental “Educational Digital Territories” project.

One of the major concerns of the educational system is to ensure the safest online-life for the students, the security of the equipment, and the use they make of it. For this, the whole parts of the digital education ecosystem must be thought of in a unified and coherent way.

The idruide Education suite addresses this need for unified endpoint management (UEM) and security. The MDM Stonehenge allows you to configure and manage your digital fleet remotely. With an Internet connection, the administrator can send orders and retrieve reports on all managed terminals.

idruide Web Secure allows you to control Internet filtering parameters on all devices in your digital fleet from a single terminal.

The class management tool, Roome, enables the teacher to run his class both face-to-face and remotely.

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Un article de idruide publié le 13 Mars 2021

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