We chose to stage the rollout on a limited basis for two reasons.
Firstly, there was uncertainty around implementation timelines of the department’s technical solution and the details of this new, untried system.
Secondly, we had a relatively large fleet of NSSCF laptops still under warranty; we didn’t want to waste these resources.
The introduction of Microsoft Office Student Advantage and the Adobe Suite bring-your-own (BYO) licensing deals gave us another big reason to proceed down the BYO path.
If the department’s BYOx technical solution had not been available, we probably would not have proceeded with BYOx for students for the following reasons:
the risk factor for permitting access to private devices is extremely high if something goes wrong (viruses etc)
managing a non-BYOx system would have been very time consuming and nebulous (no software system for accountability, recording and reporting; that is, nothing like Active Directory or BYOx reports)
no support available from the department’s Service Centre
a constant nightmare and headache for our school’s IT Support Services in providing a solution, maintaining records, and offering support and accountability.
We chose to opt in to BYOx Connect as this seemed to be the best option to continue our 1-to-1 program in the most financially sustainable way.
We were fortunate that all the ducks lined up in a row just at the right time for us.