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5 Reasons Tablet PC's are the future of Classroom Technology
Strategy

5 Reasons Tablet PC's are the future of Classroom Technology

Today’s classroom technology should be changing to support the learning needs of the students who have grown up using technology every day. One opportunity is to engage students by allowing them to work from a mobile device in the classroom. Today, 75% of children between the ages of 13-17 have a cell phone. Many of those devices, specifically smart phones, have more computing power than PC’s just a few years ago. So why not take advantage of cell phones and use them a center piece for learning in the classroom?

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Distance Learning with Virtual Tours

Distance Learning with Virtual Tours

Can you imagine taking your class on a field trip ANYWHERE, without the costs of travel? How would learning improve, if teachers had simple technology tools in the classroom to enable them to connect with experts or interesting learning sources remotely? With today’s distance learning technology, the reality is it doesn't have to cost a lot of money and it certainly doesn’t have to be a complex system.

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2 Outdoor Wireless Design Tips that save money and increase bandwidth
Mobility

2 Outdoor Wireless Design Tips that save money and increase bandwidth

Outdoor wireless design can be very complicated. Should you use wireless mesh or antenna arrays? How do you integrate your outdoor wireless system with the indoor wireless system for handoff and performance? Should you use directional antennas or Omni-directional antennas? Do you need point to point bridges across campus? How do you plan for use of hand held devices or wireless VoIP phones outside? ….And on and on...There’s a lot to consider. Certainly starting with what devices and applications you want to run on your wireless infrastructure is important.

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Whiteboard Video - How to design wireless networks for capacity
Technology in the Classroom should include these 7 learning tools
Strategy

Technology in the Classroom should include these 7 learning tools

I was taught the first rule of a presentation is to understand who your audience is, the idea was to deliver a message to the audience based upon what they need to hear and their level of understanding. In today’s classroom learning environment, I think we should consider who the audience is, but just as important, HOW to best deliver the learning materials.

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How School Wireless Networks CAN support student owned mobile devices
Mobility

How School Wireless Networks CAN support student owned mobile devices

The growing presence of smart phones and student owned mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Android, etc.) in K-12 schools is a major concern for IT Directors and school administrators everywhere. It’s one of those things that everyone knows is there, but don’t know how to control. So most schools adopt a “no cell phone” policy and don’t allow students to bring their own mobile devices to school. Most administrators do this because of the very real risk of viruses from those devices and no way to enforce the CIDA law that requires K-12 Schools have appropriate content filtering.

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Should cell phones be standard technology in the classroom?
Strategy

Should cell phones be standard technology in the classroom?

75% of teens between the ages of 13-17 carry cell phones. That is a staggering statistic for K-12 schools. Most schools today have a “no cell phone” policy but when you ask the school administrators about how they regulate the use of cell phones, almost all of them recognize it’s a policy that is difficult if not impossible to enforce.  Many of the IT Directors and CIOs we work with have seen a significant jump in the past year in how many Wifi-enabled smart phones (mostly iPhones and Android Phones) that have been trying to attach to the school wireless network. This is further proof that stopping the presence of cell phones in schools isn't possible.  So, if you can’t stop it, why not use cell phones as a platform for interactive learning in the classroom?

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3 Wireless Network Design Changes with 802.11n
Mobility

3 Wireless Network Design Changes with 802.11n

Many schools and hospitals are upgrading their wireless solutions from legacy 802.11abg networks to 802.11n. If they are deploying wireless for the first time they are almost certainly planning to use 802.11n as their solution of choice. But there are some differences in how the newer platform works that require a different approach and sometimes a revisit of your current wireless site design.

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Wireless Network Security Sneak Attack: Ad-Hoc Networks
Security

Wireless Network Security Sneak Attack: Ad-Hoc Networks

You are probably reading this in the comfort of your office chair secure in the belief that all is well on your wireless network and everything is secure… Wrong!!! Unless you have deployed a wireless network security solution that has integrated wireless intrusion detection & prevention features you are probably wide open for some hurt.

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An IT Consultant Should Focus on Solutions First
Mobility

An IT Consultant Should Focus on Solutions First

In the old days many of the big sales leaders taught sales people to “develop a relationship” with a potential customer. The idea was a good one: get to know the customer, their hobbies, their family, and their children’s birthdays. Thus gaining their trust and faith so that you and your company would be there for the long haul and you and they would be friends forever. So the salespeople would show up and ask a lot of questions about the family, hobbies, “where’d you catch that big fish?” they’d ask as they looked around the office for personal things to discuss.

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Wireless Design Guide for Schools: Top 5 Questions and Answers
Mobility

Wireless Design Guide for Schools: Top 5 Questions and Answers

“Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high”. – Norwegian Proverb We believe in using someone else’s experience to avoid common mistakes. The most important part of a wireless lan deployment is designing it properly from the start. Here are the most frequently asked questions we receive from schools looking to build or expand their wireless infrastructure.

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Going Rogue: What is a Rogue Wifi Access Point or Router?
Security

Going Rogue: What is a Rogue Wifi Access Point or Router?

Going Rogue might have been a good idea for Sarah Palin, but it’s not a good idea for your 802.11n wireless network. Chances are if you are in a Campus environment you run a very high risk of having a Rogue Wifi Access Point (AP) on board, even if you do provide a campus wifi solution for your School or Hospital. And you almost certainly will, if your solution to a wireless LAN is a “no wireless access point” on campus policy (which no one listens to).

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What kind of 802.11 wireless networks should be used in hospitals?
Mobility

What kind of 802.11 wireless networks should be used in hospitals?

At the Health Information Management Systems & Society (HIMSS) conference in Atlanta this year there was an unscientific poll of conference attendees on wireless usage in hospitals (presumably Healthcare Information Technology Staff). The poll indicated that more than 75% of those in attendance were planning to upgrade or expand their 802.11 wireless infrastructures in the next 12 months. There were demo’s on wireless VoIP phones, Real Time Location Tracking (RTLS), wireless Prescription Drug Platforms, even medical devices now uploading information over the WiFi network directly into the patient’s electronic health records.

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