Supporting BYOD in the Classroom: MokaFive for Education

by Team M5 on June 4, 2013

According to the 2012 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 86 percent of college student own a laptop. 62 percent of undergrads own smartphones and 15 percent own tablets, according to the same survey. Maybe that’s why 85 percent of education institutions currently allow some form of BYOD according to recent survey by Bradford Networks.

That’s right, although BYOD is still a hotly contested topic in the corporate world, it has become almost commonplace in the world of education, with students and teachers regularly bringing laptops, phones, and tablets to class. In fact, 89 percent of higher education institutions allow students to use their own devices on campus networks. That’s 31 students in a class of 35 (We know which four sad students were getting socks for their birthdays).

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Although the trend of BYOD in the classroom has opened up a variety of new possibilities for educators and their students, it presents a unique set of security challenges for IT professionals working to manage these devices, as well as university owned computers. Luckily, MokaFive can help.

The following are four aspects of MokaFive that make it a perfect fit for colleges and universities:

  • Seven layers of security – MokaFive provides seven layers of hacker proof security with its monitoring for key loggers and screen scrapers, its ability to keep staff or classroom files separate from students’ personal files, its compliance with government regulations, and its ability to keep the virtual desktop from being moved or edited. MokaFive also only allows access for authorized users, gives IT full control, and allows IT to wipe encrypted data from lost or stolen devices.
  • Simplified endpoint management – With this management feature, MokaFive allows IT access to one, unified console to access all data, applications, and networks being used within your school. IT no longer has to worry about the risks of having numerous consoles.
  • OS migration/updates – Along with the safety of a unified console, MokaFive enables IT to update or move all the operating system of all workspaces at one time or in groups—whenever it best meets the school’s particular needs.
  • Rejuvenation feature – If a student’s computer becomes infected with viruses or malware, MokaFive’s “Rejuvenation” feature allows them to instantly restore their Live PCs to their original, pristine state, while keeping data and settings intact—without any help from the IT department.

MokaFive creates a harmonic relationship between IT and the end user with its central control and distributed trust. And as educational needs grow with technology, MokaFive eases the transition between past tactics and today’s growing BYOD trend.

See what your school’s been missing! Take MokaFive for a test drive and experience the success, convenience, and security that it provides.  

(Image Source: BePrincipaled.org, Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

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