Wi-Fi, top of the class in the evolution of Education

Wireless network built for schools

At the end of 2013, there were more mobile devices than people on earth. By the end of 2015, roughly 4.5 billion more mobile wireless devices were added. By 2020, there will be 4 devices for every person on earth and more than 24 billion internet-connected devices installed. These devices are known as the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.

The UK is pioneering in terms of the use of ICT and digital technologies in many areas of education, which means wireless mobility in education is continually evolving to keep up with the latest performance, security, and management tools.

The last 5 years have seen education push forward in digital adoption, due to the use of technology with students, schools have had to move forward in a way to keep up, but also provide an array of technologies that provide students with the future skills they need.
Connectivity and mobility start with a set of users; after all, those billions of devices are most often in the hands of people trying to get something done. However, it doesn’t start and end with the user anymore. We must now take into consideration all the devices that each of these users has.

You might have a school-issued laptop or tablet, and combine that with the personal devices of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and that guests are also bringing in. Then on top of these devices, there are also, applications, there are hundreds of thousands of different applications being used in the world of mobility today, ranging from productivity applications, homework/assignment applications, collaboration apps, video streaming apps, social media, and beyond.

With all the increases in devices, users and applications, all spread out over more locations. How is your school network going to scale? Who is going to implement and support the network when you most likely already have limited resources and a strained infrastructure? Where is the budget going to come from? How do you secure and control all these devices? How do you ensure the ability for the technology to adapt? These are all the questions education facilities are trying to solve.
In order to use all these tools, you need a wireless networking platform that is built to connect students, and by delivering a more personalised level of instruction.

So, how can we change the educational experience in the classroom?
With mobile devices, there is a new potential available with a broader theme around technology literacy and new ideas around how students learn best.
There are many possibilities to teaching, teachers, and students can access unlimited information, share lessons any time to and from any location to multiple devices. Lessons are interactive and personalised. Work and Assignments are submitted in the cloud, and the use of cloud storage has freed up the need for data space.

The question then becomes, how does the wireless network afford teachers to simply be focused on teaching?
Wi-Fi must become something that works so well, it’s forgotten about. The IT staff can understand and maintain the infrastructure, but to the pupils, and teachers, it’s simply there. It needs to work well under all sorts of situations and be able to evolve and expand as the school’s needs change. It needs to be upgradable and easy to manage from the cloud and within a budget.

Regardless of your school or objectives, wireless mobility is already part of the environment, and it is only going to grow further.

vietec understands that today’s schools need to use a range of devices, this puts a strain on teaching and learning. Matching your ICT infrastructure with the specific requirements of your school is of paramount importance to meet these challenges.

vietec work alongside you, understanding your long and short-term objectives in order to form a solution in the most cost-efficient way.

Park Vale Academy, Testimonial

‘vietec provided a very professional service from day one of the projects. Planning, implementing and testing all completed on time and to a very high standard. As an IT manager with a responsibility to maintain services to users throughout the project, vietec worked with me to ensure minimum disruption across two legacy network moves prior to completing the move to the new network. A network that supports IP telephony, wired and wireless PCs, laptops and printers, and CCTV traffic across three buildings, all installed and tested to perfection.
vietec staff provided the professionalism expected of a company on a customer’s site, very helpful, always willing to work flexibly and providing the customer with confidence in everything that was completed. It’s been a wonderful experience which has provided everything required without issues and I’m now planning for future projects with vietec as the suppliers.’

Brian Bannard, IT Manager, Park Vale Academy

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