How Tablet Technology Benefits the Classroom

As part of our ongoing review of ways to facilitate education, we’ve examined how investing in classroom technology is now a necessity for modern schools. Educational institutions need to keep equipment and infrastructure updated, and they also must introduce students to modern productivity tools. Today we continue the conversation with a look at how tablet technology enhances education, and ways to use tablets in the classroom. Savings and Efficiency in an All-In-One Solution As an [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:34:36+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Education|Comments Off on How Tablet Technology Benefits the Classroom

How Digital Signage Serves Diverse Audiences in K-12 Schools

Over half our population is comprised of visual learners, which underscores the importance of digital displays, smart boards and other technology in K-12 classrooms. Today’s students arrive fluent in technology making digital display screens, apps and computers that much more important. Classroom technology isn’t an option anymore; it’s a necessity in order for K-12 teachers to facilitate learning. In addition, parents depend on digital screens as a means for communicating and staying informed about school events [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:34:57+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on How Digital Signage Serves Diverse Audiences in K-12 Schools

Making the Move to 1:1 – Tools and Implementation Ideas

Having grown up immersed in technology, today’s students are digital natives. In fact, with 75% of kids under 8 having their own mobile device, these young minds crave interactive learning environments in their classroom. Unfortunately due to budget constraints, on average, there is only one working device per 4 students in schools across the United States. To engage modern learning styles, school districts, educators and IT professionals are working together to raise student achievement through [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:35:49+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Making the Move to 1:1 – Tools and Implementation Ideas

Digital Displays in Higher Education: Improve Campus Life

As of 2016, millennials officially outnumber baby boomers as America’s largest generation. These 18 – 34 year olds now make up 23.5% of our population and by the time classes begin this fall, more than twelve million will be enrolled at colleges and universities across the United States. Digital displays are everywhere There’s a staggering amount of information backed by statistics that point to the increasing importance of video, not just in marketing initiatives but [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:23:08+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Education, End User Computing|Comments Off on Digital Displays in Higher Education: Improve Campus Life

My E-Rate Holiday Wish List

Today is December 11, 2014, a historic day for the E-Rate program. An increase of funding was enacted today. This could have a very positive effect on schools and libraries depending on what USAC does next. My E-Rate holiday wish list includes ideas that could help the FCC and USAC maximize the impact of the E-Rate program. Let’s explore why additional funding is needed. First, a quick look at the program: Intention of E-Rate: • [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:25:57+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Education, End User Computing|Comments Off on My E-Rate Holiday Wish List

Schools and Libraries – It’s Time to Modernize Voice Systems

This may be your last chance to affordably modernize and future-proof your communications/collaboration systems. The recently announced E-rate overhaul was overdue. In years past the e-rate system provided funding for internet and voice access to the school building (Category 1 services), but didn’t help with distribution of these services to students and staff in many districts (Category 2 products and services). Balance was missing. Both Category 1 and Category Two technologies are necessary to get the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Education, Unified Communications|Comments Off on Schools and Libraries – It’s Time to Modernize Voice Systems

5 Must Know Strategies for the New E-Rate Program

The FCC stated in July of 2014 that they wish to significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts. In years past, this was a P2-funded technology. How will they accomplish this? How will this program facilitate broadband access? How can they ensure E-Rate will remain viable for years to come? The FCC released an order on [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:26:10+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Education, End User Computing|Comments Off on 5 Must Know Strategies for the New E-Rate Program

5 Benefits of Collaboration Technology in Schools

When school funding is so limited, a lot of people wonder why it’s important to spend money on deploying collaboration technology (like video messaging, phone systems, and instant messaging) in schools. Here are just five benefits that collaboration technology offers to schools that everyone can understand. Savings with better, newer technology Technology is accelerating at an exponential rate and implementing newer technologies could mean exponential savings. Staff productivity Collaboration tools help keep staff more connected [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Collaboration Technology, Education|Comments Off on 5 Benefits of Collaboration Technology in Schools

BYOD Weighing You Down? Think Wireless First

As a solutions architect focused on LAN/WLAN solutions, I’ve worked with hundreds of customers in the higher education and K-12 space. Many of these conversations have been focused heavily on mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives. In fact, 76% of colleges struggle to meet bandwidth demands. The BYOD trend has changed how we need to design networks. I’ll call this methodology “Wireless First.” Wireless First is an approach to LAN access layer design [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:35:14+00:00 May 29th, 2014|Education, End User Computing, Networking|Comments Off on BYOD Weighing You Down? Think Wireless First