Does the BYOD Equity Scheme include classroom management tools?
No. The purpose of our scheme is to help families who cannot afford the outlay required to purchase a digital device, typically $300 to $900. We provide an opportunity for families to procure a device and pay it off with weekly payments spread over a 1-2 year period, without incurring high finance charges. It is the responsibility of the school to provide the necessary infrastructure to support a BYOD environment, including wireless connectivity, ultra-fast broadband connectivity, teacher professional development and any management tools that might be required. We are happy to help put schools in touch with others already managing a BYOD environment and suppliers who may be able to assist.
Do schools need the Chromebook Management Console to manage student devices?
I have heard good reports from schools who do have a tool for managing student devices, but I don’t really know much about them. Typically these tools allow teachers to create user groups, pre-install and block applications, track assets , manage user access, configure network access and customise user features. Google has developed a web-based management console for Chromebook devices. They have also prepared a guide for schools and teachers to help with planning the deployment of 1:1 devices.
Where can schools get more information about the Management console?
Cyclone Computers has been licensed by Google to distribute the Management Console in New Zealand. A good first step might be to contact them. Meanwhile let’s see if we can find some schools that are already using the Management console.