After a busy festive period, then the BETT show and our big event in Texas next week, here at Bloxx HQ we have still managed to find the time to analyse the findings of our latest Education-focused survey.
Education IT executives have been telling us their biggest concerns regarding BYOD and the impact of Social media in a learning environment.
In a nutshell there is a lot – to say the least – causing IT executive’s headaches over allowing personal devices and Social Media to be used. Although, on the flip-side there is a lot being done – or at least planned to be done to ease some of the concerns highlighted.
Our Infographic below shows the top findings from the survey results (you can download the full report for all the ins-and-outs, here).
One of the main shockers for us at Bloxx, was the lack of monitoring of Social Media activity. Considering that combined 66% of establishments allow access to Social Media, either to only staff (40%) or both staff and students (26%). A shocking 69% do not actually monitor the activity, which is surprising due to the fact that the viewing of inappropriate content (56%) and productivity (66%) were deemed concerns for those surveyed.
Charles Sweeney, CEO, Bloxx commented: “Social media is both a powerful and purposeful tool for education, yet all too often it is misused causing debate and concern. The challenge is how we can unlock its power in order to create better learning environments for students without compromising their online safety. If children are to become safe and responsible users of technology, education organisations need to be vigilant. In no other environment is the industry mantra of people, process and technology so key to protecting all users of all ages.”
Bring Your Own Device/Tech (BYOD/T) has become something of a buzzword in the past few years, and not just in the education industry, and it is most definitely here to stay!
Please feel free to share our survey and you can download the Full Report here.