Schools, Colleges and Universities must balance the benefits of increased technology use in the classroom with the realities of budgetary and manpower resources.
For day-to-day practicality, it is important to keep systems as simple and user-friendly as possible, without too much compromise on functionality and security. The less time spent administering the network, the lower your running costs.
More devices using more data in more locations can have an unpredictable impact on the network; turning a blind eye is not an option. Frequent reviews of your infrastructure are required, to ensure the network can cope with demand.
Teaching tools, student resources, data, applications and services are increasingly migrating to the cloud, creating a rapidly rising workload for the network, which may also be linked to CCTV and door access controls. As a result, the skills and knowledge needed to manage a network are increasing at an exponential rate.
There are significant challenges surrounding the management of guest access, and the increased number and diversity of devices. The increased volume of network traffic and subsequent requirements for additional layers of security can be managed, providing that adequate infrastructure and a comprehensive strategy are both in place.
Today’s classrooms present many new opportunities for teachers, but also pose challenges in leveraging technology to aid learning. Effective networking can open up a range of learning applications that allow teachers to provide an engaging and collaborative learning experience.
Schools are obliged to have safeguarding in place, and must act according to the Government’s Prevent strategy - but at the same time, students must still be able to fulfil legitimate research needs. An effective network can go a long way to ensuring that both objectives can be reached.
Equip your teaching staff to provide an engaging and productive learning experience. Teachers can easily onboard students into the class, enable collaborative learning by sharing digital teaching content and resources, and view and control student activity for a productive learning environment.
LAN3 has worked with several hundred of the UK's leading schools, colleges and universities over the last nine years. Our in-depth knowledge of the specific challenges faced in education ensures that we understand how to address them - within budget constraints. Our numerous ongoing partnerships with schools are testament to the value we place on delivering a high quality service, based on professional implementation and ongoing customer support.
LAN3's commitment to understanding the unique challenges faced in education has led us to produce an annual research report, the 'State of Networking in Education'. Surveying a cross section of the UK education market, our aim is to better understand emerging themes and trends, and the challenges senior IT professionals face in this sector. This includes the inevitable squeeze on budgets, how well IT is integrated into classroom learning and progress towards compliance with the Prevent strategy.
A copy of the 2017 report can be downloaded below.
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With an average of two mobile devices per pupil and staff member, Millfield needed a Wi-Fi network that could handle increasing traffic in both classrooms and in boarding houses.LEARN MORE