Changes in teaching methods mean the use of mobile devices such as iPads, tablet PCs and smartphones are on the increase in schools and universities across the UK. The rise of mobile devices in education is revolutionising learning, with many students now having a single device to store notes and assignments as well as using the device to access the Internet, email, social media and apps.
The rise in mobile devices amongst today’s media-savvy generation has increased the productivity of students to help them embrace an interactive learning experience. However, as the number of mobile devices increase, so does the challenge of managing them in a controlled manner to ensure that risks and security is not threatened. Education establishments need to implement a secure Mobile Device Management (MDM) system to keep security risks to a minimum.
Without MDM the logistics of updating over a hundred mobile devices for your student base would cause a busy ICT department a real headache. Each device would need to be updated on-site, on every occasion, meaning every time a new lesson was released each device would require an update.
The solution to combating the need to update each device independently and curb potential security risks is Mobile Device Management. From a simple interface, the ICT department or administrator can securely access all registered devices and perform a range of tasks.
MDM also enables certain applications or documents to be only accessed by authorised staff, teacher or students. Through this portal, you essentially ‘push’ applications or documents to the relevant devices.
Sensitive documentation can even be deleted after a specified amount of time providing enhanced security. If a device is lost or stolen, MDM also give you the power to wipe the device clean remotely for added reassurance that sensitive data cannot go astray.
Through our collaboration with an MDM partner, Misco offers one of the most secure MDM solutions in the market. With a range of levels and the option to use the control software in or outside your organisation’s firewall, you can be setup and operational quickly. Misco will also offer training resource and support to ensure you are getting the best out of our solution.
If you want to learn more on how to make your mobile devices work for your establishment then speak to your Misco account manager or call our education team on 0800 035 0799.
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