It is evident that today’s mobile students are showing up in classrooms knowing more about technology than previous generations. They’ve grown up tech-savvy and prefer to do everything on mobile devices. For them, untethered digital learning is fundamental for future success.
The optimized digital classroom
Classrooms are changing. We are seeing the impact of the Digital Revolution. Learning environments are now preparing students for their future work environments. Classrooms are slowly shifting away from rows of desks, to an environment that promotes collaboration between students, teachers and learning devices.
Printed Textbooks are being swapped out for mobile devices and ebooks from services like Overdrive that provide up-to-date content in real time. Printed exams are transitioning to online assessments. 1:1 and BYOD initiatives are replacing wired computer labs. Collaboration tools and personalized learning programs are developed to meet the individual needs of each student. Technology is transforming the way we educate our children. Schools are adopting these initiatives to deliver a rich learning experience by engaging students to use the devices and applications they thrive on.
This Digital Classroom needs to support 21st Century Learning, with 1:1 initiatives and Project Based Learning. It needs to provide anytime/anywhere access to Cloud-based apps like Google Apps for Education and Office 365. It’s a classroom that easily provides guest access and encourages student collaboration, that can also prioritise critical learning apps such as Online Assessments.
IT professionals in education need to plan for the future and build a next-generation infrastructure that supports this digital learning environment and emerging technologies. Whatever your motivation—whether you want to improve student engagement or reduce operating expenses - the right wireless networking decisions will have a long-lasting impact on your budget and educational service delivery.
EDU365 Wireless Implementations:
Providing a mobile-first experience ensures that the students have anytime/anywhere access for uninterrupted learning - whether it’s on a school-issued device or a student’s own personal device. Schools need a Wi-Fi infrastructure that can support the demand of mobile devices along with the bandwidth-hungry applications running on them. IT Departments need a reliable network with smart application handling to prioritise critical learning applications over other applications and services.
Ensure devices connect to the best AP Students and their devices are mobile; moving throughout the school campus during the school day. Often, those clients get “sticky” and try to stay attached to the first AP it connects to, even if there is a better AP around the corner.
Solution: WLANs with built-in RF management technology can get rid of sticky clients by gathering session performance metrics from devices and using this information to steer them to the best AP and radio. ArubaOS is built into every Aruba AP, and solves this problem for you with ClientMatch
Support BYOD and 1:1 initiatives with confidence
Students, teachers, staff, and guests connecting to the school network with a variety of personal devices create a tough challenge for IT in managing access and security. The dynamic nature of schools provides scalability challenges you simply do not see in the corporate workplace.
In order to resolve this issue EDU365 utilises Aruba ClearPass to simplify device onboarding with self-enrollment and auto granting of network access privileges based on user roles, device types and location.
Our expert certified wireless engineers save time and money by eliminating trial and error to ensure accurate placement, quantities of devices and real world results. After installation, our commissioning process tests wireless signal and data throughput.
EDU365 best of breed wireless networks require fewer units and less cabling to provide a robust high performance wireless network for your school. Reliable and secure these solutions are now a real alternative to wired networks and ensure IT is an integral part of all lessons. Eliminating or reducing the number of computer labs deployed at a school can have a major impact on resourcing issues many schools face as they grow.
With the right network infrastructure planning, you can empower teachers and students to leverage the latest technology in devices and applications for a richer learning experience while streamlining IT operations across campus.