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# 208725 24-Feb-2017 21:32
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Just because CutCutCut's topic below is locked, I thought I'd share my experience with a Chromebook BYOD policy at school.



Got my kid a Chromebook last year. She loved it, used it to do homework and other stuff like Storybird, Tynker, and so on, and for an occasional cartoon on Youtube. She didn't actually need it at school at that stage, so it was her personal laptop.



This year they started using Chromebooks at school, with optional BYOD (or you could use the Chromebooks the school provided, but why do that when she has her own). Sounded great, so I signed the BYOD enrolment letter and got her to take the Chromebook to school to have the school account management set up... Those who've read CutCutCut's post know what happened next.


The Chromebook is now fully managed by the school. Her personal user credentials, browser settings and plugins all gone. There's only the school user login. And the school manages her Chromebook at all time.



How could this happen, and how is this acceptable?



Well, the answer is - the school just doesn't know any better. They have an "IT manager" who is trained in setting up Chromebooks, so that's the way she does it. It didn't even occur to them to mention to the parents that once enrolled in the BYOD programme they could no longer use it as a personal device. Or that the OS will be refreshed, wiping all settings.



So, a word of caution. If your school has a Chromebook BYOD programme, you're effectively buying a Chromebook that can be used for school work only.

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  # 1725972 24-Feb-2017 22:39
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Depends on how it's setup. You got "Enterprise Enrollment". Proabably good reasons for it.

Bad part is the information you were provided did not give good guidance about that.

That is not necessarily the fault of the IT person.


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  # 1725976 24-Feb-2017 22:46
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Yup, my kids school sets kids up on the teachers Google login if they take their own laptops. Came across it on a friends kids laptop, teacher could see what the kid was searching for etc and vice versa. I sent the teacher an email saying WTF....  their IT guy hasnt heard of Google for Schools or whatever it is...... teacher apparently got rather pissy about my email but never replied.

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  # 1725981 24-Feb-2017 22:59
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^That is actually insane. I think it's unacceptable. Clearly they did not respond to sanity. They need to hear from the Privacy Commissioner, and +maybe NZ Internet Safety on that one.

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  # 1725990 24-Feb-2017 23:29
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I say bring back dedicated school computer rooms with desktops. Personally I am not a fan of kids having all these devices, they turn into zombies. I also don't have that much faith that their IT people know their stuff as well as they could. Some probably do it part time, and teachers certainly aren't IT or computer experts. Let alone knowing all the privacy laws that potentially could apply. Although NZs privacy laws seem pretty weak, in that they aren't binding, they are only guidelines. But I am guessing BYODs is all about schools saving money on gear.

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  # 1726004 25-Feb-2017 07:32
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I guess it comes down to the schools IT person and their policy.  My son has had a BYOD laptop for quite some time and never anything like this.  They had a strict policy for educational use only while on the school network which kids had to sign up to a code of conduct for, but that's all.  I would have no problem with the OP's situation provided it was made very clear before signing up, that this is what would happen.  


It's a tricky subject for schools who are forced into the digital learning space but don't really have, nor can they afford, the IT resources needed to support it.    

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