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Nearly 89% of the UK’s secondary school pupils can get onto the Internet via a PC at home and 73% of *10-year-olds have a mobile phone. Technology and the way we communicate have come a long way in just one generation.

Is your school keeping up?

Just 25 years ago, school children were using BBC...

09/02
2014
Are you keeping up with your pupils’ technology journey?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 09/02 at 12:00 AM Videos and webinars, Education, Education,

Nearly 89% of the UK’s secondary school pupils can get onto the Internet via a PC at home and 73% of *10-year-olds have a mobile phone. Technology and the way we communicate have come a long way in just one generation.

Is your school keeping up?

Just 25 years ago, school children were using BBC Micros. They went on to use PCs in a campus-based computer centre at university, used the library as their first port of call for reference material and queued for pay phones.

As this generation entered the workplace, the bulkier forms of the laptop and mobile phone were emerging. Since then, the Internet has become the go-to reference tool and email is the leading form of communication. Laptops are more slim line while tablets and smartphones have transformed the way we communicate.

As South West Communications Group’s senior account manager Simon Dunstan said at a recent education seminar: “All this happened in a very short technology time-frame, particularly when you are looking at investment.

Investing in a network nowadays means being able to cater for what devices are being used today and what will be used in five or 10 years’ time.

“Technology in schools is led from the ground up. Students will come in with their own devices. Teachers will come in with their own devices. Whatever they are using at home; they will be bringing into the school environment.”

But what’s next?

Analysts predict that, in the future, we will be investing in wearable communications technology in the form of a watch like the Galaxy Gear  or glasses like the Google Glass

For schools, the invention of many devices has enhanced the learning environment, but more devices also means a drain on their connectivity and local area networks.

Schools will need to take professional advice on how to best handle the use of personal devices on campus and consider:

  • Increased bandwidthHigh wireless LAN density, capacity and coverage
  • Enhanced context-aware QoS
  • Access control

See Simon’s video on his personal technology journey above or contact us for advice on future-proofing your school’s network.

*Sources: ONS 2011/The Marketing Store research 2012

 
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Caroline Moore on 09/02/2014

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.


Contact: caroline.moore@swcomms.co.uk