It’s no secret that mobile technology is redefining the way we do many things, from communicating with family and friends to how we function in the workplace. Especially in the classroom, mobile technology is being adapted at growing rates.
According to The Journal, one-third of U.S. students use school-issued mobile devices, with 33% of high schoolers and 31% of middle school and elementary students using school-owned mobile devices.1
Laptops, tablets and smartphones have the benefit of allowing both teachers and students to have a host of useful information at their fingertips — but this accessibility can also come with some challenges. So, the question becomes how do you manage mobile devices used within your school buildings to create a conducive learning environment? The answer is mobile device management (MDM).
What is Mobile Device Management?
Thankfully with today’s technology, there is an easy and organized way for you to keep track of the mobile devices used on your campus. Mobile device management is a broad term used to define the administration of mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.
As many schools are moving to 1-to-1 computing or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, a lot can fall through the cracks when it comes to control and communication. MDM allows schools of all sizes to keep control over the devices used in their facilities.
With mobile device management, it’s just not about knowing what devices are under your roof – it’s also about managing and controlling them properly to ensure students have access to new learning opportunities.
Using an MDM product can give you the power to enhance the learning environment of your school while taking the burden off of your IT team by:
- Easily and securely enrolling devices
- Supporting common governance policies with lock, reset, wipe and install functions
- Automating the enforcement of security policies across your device inventory, to save administrative time and reduce risk
- Allowing you to establish different policies for BYOD and school-owned IT assets
- Establishing and providing access to internal stores, ensuring only approved apps can be pushed to devices
MDM technology also gives your staff the ability to define groups of devices, apps and profiles. This feature can help K-12 schools ensure compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which strives to protect children from viewing harmful online content.
For your IT team, MDM can mean fewer hours wasted keeping up with devices or traveling from classroom-to-classroom, building-to-building to track down certain users to download, update or remove learning apps from their mobile device. The good news is that with MDM, the software goes where your students do, controlling their use of school-owned technology with the click or tap of a button.
Selecting Your Solution
When you begin your search for an MDM provider for your school, remember to look for a product that offers features that meet your school’s unique needs for mobile device management. Do your research to select software that offers excellent customer service and a reputable track history to ensure that your IT team will be set up for success.
Learn more about SchoolDude’s MDM solution.
Founded in 1999, SchoolDude (and its parent company, Dude Solutions) has served as the market leader in education enterprise asset management, with over 1 million education professionals using our applications. We deliver Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications to help both small and large institutions better manage their facilities, IT and business operations. We help clients save time and money by managing support services effectively and efficiently, allowing institutions to provide a safe teaching and learning environment. Today, we’re the #1 provider of SaaS solutions for public and private schools, colleges and universities.