BYOD for the Classroom: Leaving One-Size-Fits-All Filtering Behind
The Internet has become a required staple in today’s modern classroom. As instructors and school administrators search for new ways to engage and interact with students on new levels, the Internet has been the catalyst – creating an avenue of endless learning potential.
Unfortunately, too many classrooms are able to merely skim the surface of this vast learning potential. Due to the ever-present concern for student privacy and the need to restrict access to inappropriate online content, school administrators have long been searching for a means to control exactly what their student population may post and view.
Until recently, the solutions they have been forced to turn to have offered only the capable to implement a limited one-size-fits-all approach – utilizing web filters that severely restrict access to websites and applications. And while this approach to network management has lessened concerns related to security, privacy and safety, it has also limited the overall accessibility of the Internet in its entirety, greatly reducing learning possibilities and frustrating both students and instructors. In fact, according to survey by the American Association of School Librarians
- 52% of schools complain that filtering impedes student research
- 42% of schools find that filtering discounts the social aspects of learning
- 50% of schools think that filtering decreases the number of potential distractions
These numbers would indicate that while web-filtering as whole is a necessity, when used alone, it restricts learning potential.
Highlighting the Potential of Our New iboss Security Partnership
This is what makes our new partnership with iboss Security so compelling. We recognize that enabling optimal access while protecting students and complying with regulations requires a multi-pronged network management approach – one that includes training, monitoring, and flexible controls. This new partnership combines our Mobile IAM BYOD solution with the iboss Enterprise SWG Web Filters, with the result that schools can regulate access to the Internet, applications, and content based on device, user, location, or classroom, without limiting learning potential.