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Work in a small independent day/boarding school in the South West UK taking ages 3-18. I work as the Network/Systems Manger, although think that really relates to anything with a plug or leads.

We are predominately a MS school, servers/desktops with an iMac suite for our Music department. We have allowed BYOD for almost 13 years due to our boarding community but due to limited internet bandwidth this caused more arguements than it solved, ie; wanting access to skype/video chat with family but unable to support this.

This term having had a fibre leased line installed BYOD has been opened up to any device for any student. Use of this in classrooms is for web browsing at present as i would say most staff wouldn't know how to make use of it for anything else. We use the Google Apps for Eduction so that is the only common app/software that is used on BYOD.

I've always thought BYOD would supplement the IT equipment supplied by school but after seeing it in practice i now believe that a school supplied 1:1 deployment of 'a' device is the only way to improve access within classrooms. 
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