The Key to Supporting your Hunger for Technology in the Classroom
Catering to your need for technology in the classroom is what SecurEdge Networks does best. While you’re busy chewing on all the morsels of media the manufacturers are serving up these days, we’re doing our best to keep you from getting indigestion from all the information you’re ingesting about technology in the classroom.
According to Pew Internet research, 92% of teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources and materials for their teaching.
At some point instructors being searching for the latest, greatest technology in the classroom, which will have them plumped up on empty solutions that force them to push away that second helping of technological tastiness. Understandable in a marketplace where everyone wants to feed you reasons why their classroom technology is “best” and why the competition sucks like a thick strawberry milkshake through a straw.
When it comes to supporting technology in the classroom, there are a number of manufacturers that enjoy drizzling gravy all over the meat and potatoes of their solutions. Maybe they’re trying to hide something? The key to supporting your hunger for technology in the classroom, BYOD, 1:1 or other technological initiatives, is getting professional feedback that is easy to digest.
We caution everyone to do as much research as possible when an element of classroom technology has something to do with a “cloud” (suddenly, the “Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man” comes to mind) One decision maker might embrace what “the cloud” like mommy’s meatloaf, while another may hear “the cloud” and start thinking cauliflower - and how much they despise each.
Some manufacturers (and the people pitching their products or services) want you to drink their Cool-Aid and they do so by shoving their solution down your throat. One thing we all share as humans - no matter our beliefs - is time. There are only 24 hours in a day, no matter if you are visiting the Great Wall of China or the Mississippi Delta. Cooking in both regions is quite different and how much spice do you really need when it comes to your technology in the classroom?
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Furthermore, how much time do you really have to research all the features and benefits of each piece of technology in the classroom? If the average American works just north of 40 hours per week, they must not be including too many IT Directors or CIO’s because most everyone we know in similar roles ends up quite a bit north of 40 hours a week.
Our business is not bound by any particular obligation to sell any one product like last week’s
lamb (sorry, food distributors, the intent is not to say anyone knowingly delivers spoiled product). The goal is to first understand what you are trying to do, (“What’cha cooking?), what limitations you have (“Oven not working again, huh? Try the grill?) and, based on our experience, which combination of savory spices will get you that blue ribbon.
By reviewing all of the available solutions on the market, we are able to provide a uniquely independent perspective on how to solve challenges in mobility and technology in the classroom. Based on the technological solutions we know are available, we have collected quite the “medicine cabinet” to cure what ails anyone overeating those side dishes of technology in the classroom.
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The key in solving each challenge is to determine what is currently in place from an infrastructure perspective. Are we working with a clean plate or is the infrastructure to support technology in the classroom piled up like sliced pork? Just like every great chef, we don’t know what to cook for you if we don’t know the ingredients! So contact us here with any questions or just for some advice on where you should even begin with your classroom technology initiative.