Following on from our previous article “From Chalkboard to Interactive Whiteboard” we continue to look in to the ways that Technology has edged its way in to education and how it can be used for both the benefit of students and teachers. But, with such a wide range of providers, just how can schools choose the right services for them?
Rise in Academies
The break away for schools from local government bodies to being individual academies allows them to tender out for their network and internet services. This allows them to choose an ISP (Internet Service Provider) that will be able to perform at the level they require them to and offer a low-latency, business only service which will mean that students and teachers alike can be more productive due to being able to complete work at an increased rate.
Being able to research a selection of and use one of many ISPs allows schools to ensure that the one they select is right for them and that will be able to offer the stability required within a large establishment such as a school environment. A previously contended public network needn’t have to remain within the school, selecting a business only network will mean that there is less contention on and that the traffic from the school will be the primary data running across the line, not hindered by any public access to the internet or network services.
Schools should look to select an ISP that allows their services to be future proofed; for example, Smart Internet allows you the possibility of expanding the services you run down your line in the future. Being able to add additional services such as VOIP and video across the fibre optic connection means that you can ensure the priority of services is being given to the correct aspect; limiting access to video and increase the bandwidth for internet or VOIP gives schools the control over their network that they require in order to perform.
Exhibitions Acknowledging Interest
The BETT show, which was recently held at the ExCel centre, is a great example of how technology and education are combining. Its high attendance also goes to show that teachers and school bodies are interested in how the two worlds can merge to benefit education and the life of students.
From wearable technology and 3D virtual reality glasses enhancing Geography lessons, to mobile projectors for use across the school premises and even cashless catering options to make lunch ordering and payment easier; technology is no longer just limited to ICT lessons, it now expands across the entirety of the school and can quickly increase productivity for both staff and students.