Our children – for better or worse – are being born into a technical age, where apps, devices and connectivity are second-nature concepts.
Coding, now recognized as an essential future skill, is a regular fixture on the education curriculum, while even our youngest can navigate phone apps long before they’ve scribbled into their notebooks.
Yet this also makes technology a challenge; not least in education, where maintaining a student’s attention can be challenging. How do we take something so second nature and use it to leverage a young student’s attention and imagination? Can we take learning further than the classroom – and make education available from anywhere?
As a Managed Service Provider, we’re familiar with delivering award-winning services to local businesses; yet we also understand the needs of schools and colleges, whose network security, SaaS applications and Managed Print software need as much protection and personalization as that of any other organization.
Educational Technology might not be far removed from the Office software we’re used to, yet it’s still flexible enough to create engaging ways of learning for youngsters. For example…
Software allows tutors to make more creative learning materials, letting students approach their work with a more hands-on approach. Microsoft Forms allows students to share ideas or knowledge, for example, while presentations can be brought to life with PowerPoint’s simple-to-use animation functions. Students can even collaborate on creative projects of their own, through their personal devices, to create presentations and materials.
SaaS solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 keep work always available and easily shared between users. For working both in the classroom and at home via Wi-Fi, this is an exceptional opportunity for collaborative learning.
Via Microsoft Teams, students are encouraged to engage with their learning from home, without losing the social benefits of the classroom. They and their working buddies can meet online to take the isolation out of home learning. Similarly, solutions such as these nurture an always-online forum, where students can discuss homework with their tutors outside the confines of the classroom. This also means that if external issues cause schools to close or classes to be limited, the learning can continue from home.
Inclusion and Individuality
For students with learning difficulties, or for whom English might be a second language, the classroom environment can feel awkward or excluding; but educational materials seen through a personal device gives the user a tailored experience, that better suits their preferred learning methods and provides the accessibility options they need.
The benefit is twofold; not only can the learning experience be tailored to a student’s distinct capabilities or difficulties, it does so in a personal environment where they can’t feel ashamed.
Just as much a benefit for tutors as students, analytics can be implemented – explicitly or otherwise – to gain feedback or better establish learning trends. Over time, tutors can identify any ongoing patterns of behavior, calculate expected grades or establish any rise or fall in attendance.
Yet analytics only need to be used for the strict monitoring of the class. For students, it can be used more creatively in coursework to draw conclusive results or understand scientific or social theories on an altogether greater scale.
Cloud Software such as Microsoft Azure, as well as modern Managed Print apps, can analyse data flows, or even monitor your scanned documents, to source this information quickly and accurately.
The education sector is transformed not only by our technology, but by our students’ abilities to interact, understand and interpret it. By embracing the possibilities, the classroom can become a truly cooperative environment; with teachers guiding the curriculum, and students dictating its digital future.
An IT solution from Adaptive Information Systems is especially tailored for the needs of any enterprise – including schools and colleges. Our networking capabilities create a safe and secure infrastructure for your students to study and learn in; and our expertise with software such as Office 365 means we can build a working environment where teachers and tutors can cooperate and collaborate, with cloud-based learning that’s available to all.
Adaptive Information Systems was founded with the mission to help businesses get the most out of their technology investments. Are you looking for great Salinas IT managed services? We are ready to manage your IT needs so you can focus on running your business.