Password and security tips for classroom computers
Students, administrators and educational authorities are constantly on the lookout for the latest technology that can improve the classroom experience. Many are ready and willing to make substantial investments in them as well.
When mobile computers are introduced to a classroom setting, educators are putting a major investment at risk. In any given classroom, the student-to-teacher ratio can be as high as 30 to one. As any teacher knows, keeping constant watch over each is not easy, if at all possible. When laptops, netbooks or tablets are introduced into this environment, teachers face the risk of students interfering with each computer's important information and software, as well as theft.
However, employing secure password techniques can allow teachers to provide technology that best improves the educational experience without worrying about being responsible for it. Students can't mess with the information on a computer they can't get into, and those who may be tempted to steal one will be deterred when they realize that a computer without a password is useless.
Teachers incorporating mobile computers should have each device protected by a password, which only educators and other faculty should have access to. When students need to use a computer, the teacher can quickly enter the password, and require that each student sign off when done. Of course, doing this for 30 computers could become slightly time-consuming, but it will be worth it even if it prevents theft or damage to just one classroom computer.
Educators should also practice the same password security in the classroom as they would at home. That means employing different passwords for different purposes. All internet users are encouraged to change up their passwords for different accounts, such as social media, online banking and credit card sites, to prevent identity theft in case one is stolen. This should be no different in the classroom. If each computer is assigned the same password, a student who finds one password suddenly has access to them all, at any time he or she wants.
In the classroom, some technology can prove to be invaluable. Today's educators want to be on the cutting edge and provide their students the best opportunity to get more value out of the experience. By following a few simple practices, education administrators will no longer have to worry about spending on the technology their students need.