Think about the intended end result
about 17 years ago
In reply to What do you think of PSP’s in Schools?
As I see this there are two major issues and how you deal with it is guided by the intended end result.
First Issue – Distribution, management, service and control of the hardware.
Tech hardware today is changing so fast that most gear like laptops and these devices are out of date in 18 months. Most schools here in Australia do NOT supply any hardware except what is kept on the school grounds in labs and libraries – usually desktops. The few that do usually select a model each year and then buy a bulk deal, set them up and give them to the new students, maintenance and care is the student’s responsibility as they are now their property. A few choose a model, set up deals with local suppliers and recommend that new students buy that model if they wish to use one on school property other than class in the labs – this usually realtes to laptops.
Second Issue – Access to the rest of the system.
The only reasons I can think of that the students would need access to the school system for any of these devices are:
1. Download recommended, or supplied, software, shared notes, assignments and participate in school discussion boards. That covers everything related to school.
2. Upload completed assignments, notes to share, discussion board messages.
Both these can be easily handled by creating a logical sub-net for the students that accesses a special server (in the gateway) that provides these services. The students have no other access and the access is via common industry protocols and any extras that you intend to use, and material is stored in the approved formats. Teachers also have access to the server for the same reasons. The gateway systems conduct their normal AV scans etc on all comms to the server.
Once this is set up who cares what they use to access, if they use something that does NOT use an accepted protocol or format – well, stiff, buddy.
Set this up without access to other school systems or the Internet and security is not an issue anymore.