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Topic: Mobile Devices In Education

12 Things to Remember When Preparing for iPads in the Classroom
Mobility

12 Things to Remember When Preparing for iPads in the Classroom

The manifestation of tablets like iPads in the classrooms is ever-present, and bound only to grow with time.  Apple CEO Tim Cook even told investors, "The adoption of the iPad in education is something I've never seen in any technology.” Using iPads and other tablets as learning tools can provide so many ways to enhance education and augment new learning opportunities.   So, it is very easy to see why so many schools are implementing solutions like BYOD and 1:1 to incorporate them into the learning environment.

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4 Tips to Remember When Updating Your School’s Aging Wireless Network
Mobility

4 Tips to Remember When Updating Your School’s Aging Wireless Network

Today's classrooms literally breathe connectivity, and because of the increasing numbers of mobile devices on campus wireless has become a mission-critical resource for colleges and universities everywhere. However,  this has created a real problem if your network isn't performing. Even the slightest downtime will cause huge disruptions in today's classrooms. So what do you do when your schools wireless network can’t seem to keep up? It may be time for an update.

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4 Classroom Technology Trends You'll Want to Follow Into 2016

4 Classroom Technology Trends You'll Want to Follow Into 2016

Mobile technology has heavily influenced higher education in recent years through a variety of ways. It has helped re-shape and evolve student communications, how they access information, and learning methods in and out of the classroom. It was not that long ago when the vast majority of research was completed using physical books, not eBooks or the internet. If you think the use of mobile is taking over the education space, sit back because it is only just beginning. 

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How MDM can Improve Your Wi-Fi Efficiency and The Student Experience
Strategy

How MDM can Improve Your Wi-Fi Efficiency and The Student Experience

Colleges and universities are one of the most crowded mobile environments you'll find in anywhere today. Students carry at least one (likely more) mobile device that is connected to your campus wireless network at all times and because of this the need to support things like BYOD on your campus wifi network has become the norm. From completing assignments on platforms such as Moodle, streaming videos, accessing social media, or even just basic web surfing, managing the thousands of devices can seem like quite the challenge and the truth is it is.

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How To Transition Your College Bookstore To E-Textbooks
Strategy

How To Transition Your College Bookstore To E-Textbooks

For students growing up in the mobile age, digital textbooks make so much more sense considering their constant use of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices in and out of the classroom. However, transitioning the college bookstore from print to e-textbooks poses a myriad of challenges for colleges and universities, with most not even knowing where to start.

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What Does it Take to be a Successful K-12 IT Decision Maker?
Strategy

What Does it Take to be a Successful K-12 IT Decision Maker?

Today’s K-12 technology leader requires a different skill set than what the role required in the past. The explosion of mobile devices and increasing demand for anywhere, anytime connectivity has transformed the learning experience. Today's classrooms are focusing more and more on both interactive and personalized learning relying heavily on robust school wireless networks to support this new environment. Because of these rapidly evolving technologies the role of a typical K-12 CIO, CTO, IT director or manager has evolved as well.

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Going Mobile: How Student Demand is Changing Campus Wi-Fi Networks
Strategy

Going Mobile: How Student Demand is Changing Campus Wi-Fi Networks

You will never find a Millennial without a gadget or two in tow. This is hardly a surprise. What’s noteworthy however, is how college students are favoring the use of mobile devices over dedicated platforms like desktops. The shift to mobile has seen an astounding 81% of higher-ed students used smartphones and tablets for studying in 2014, up 40% since 2013, according to McGraw-Hill Education.

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7 Must-Know Classroom Technology Trends that are Changing Education
Strategy

7 Must-Know Classroom Technology Trends that are Changing Education

In today’s mobile-centric, always connected school environments, keeping up with new technology trends can have a major impact on your continued ability to offer your students the education they want and need. Schools now recognize the influence wireless and mobile technologies are having on their students as well as how it's shaping new ways of thinking and teaching. More colleges and universities are starting to get on board with utilizing newer learning methods for higher education that are targeted to how students want to learn and what are most effective for them to succeed not only in the classroom but after they graduate.

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6 Ways Schools and Parents Can Boost Their Communication
Strategy

6 Ways Schools and Parents Can Boost Their Communication

As many principals and teachers already know your job isn't easy. You have to manage your students, budgets, lesson plans, mobile devices, and your school board to name a few. However, there's one area that might be the most important and at the same time the most difficult area to address. Of course, I'm talking about the parents. In an increasingly mobile and wifi connected school environment success takes exhaustive amounts of planning and effective communication, especially when trying to keep your student's parents in the know and involved.  Building a positive rapport with your student's parents is critical to your success and your student's success. It leads to better organization, better integration of the latest technologies curriculum and a more personalized learning experience for everyone. Here's a short list of 6 communication-boosting tips that will help to strengthen your school's relationship with it's parents immediately.

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4 Reasons Why College CIO's Should be Deploying RTLS
Mobility

4 Reasons Why College CIO's Should be Deploying RTLS

It's not a question of if but a question of when. Of course I'm referring to RTLS or Real-Time Location Services, the popular "buzzword" you're probably more familiar with are beacons. It's time to start offering your students, faculty and even guests an interactive experience when they access your school's wireless network. Beacon technology is already gaining traction from retail to airports to large sports stadiums everyone is starting to test the waters seeing huge potential. As for colleges and universities the possibilities and reasons to start an RTLS strategy are virtually endless.

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School Wireless Networks and the State of Student Engagement
Strategy

School Wireless Networks and the State of Student Engagement

There are two areas in education that haven’t always traditionally been examined. I’m of course referring to “Engagement” and “Job Preparedness”. New mobile technologies have almost overnight transformed both the world we work in, the world we live in, and it only makes sense to assume it has changed the world we learn in as well as how we think about designing our school wireless networks,. But we don’t have to assume anymore, over the last year the Gallup Poll has compiled some startling results.

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6 Potential Issues of Bringing Technology in the Classroom
Strategy

6 Potential Issues of Bringing Technology in the Classroom

As the proliferation of technology in the classroom continues to accelerate, schools that haven’t yet implemented some of the latest and greatest devices such as iPads in the classroom are starting to really feel the pressure to. Mobile devices can make perfect learning tools and open up unlimited possibilities for educators and students alike, but it’s not all

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How Schools are Benefiting from iPads in the Classroom
Strategy

How Schools are Benefiting from iPads in the Classroom

Apple’s iPad has taken the world by storm. Young or old, it doesn’t matter, everyone loves them. What’s not to love? They are portable, fast, sleek, and easy to use. My mom, who swore up and down she would never own one, got one for Christmas and she’s now completely addicted. She’s buying my grandma one now too, which should be interesting to say the least. Then on the other end of the spectrum is my iPad loving 9 month old who is fascinated with them. He loves swiping those chunky little fingers across the screen to reveal the next farm animal or nursery rhyme. They are a great tool for everyone and can really make fantastic learning devices, which is what many schools have already come to find out.

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10 Questions to Ask When Selecting Classroom Technology
Strategy

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting Classroom Technology

Our assignment for this week was to give you 10 questions you could ask when selecting classroom technology. Well, then we realized the number of perspectives that could be involved in this particular discussion. Are you a teacher, searching for classroom technology? Are you a student looking for the most affordable technology to use in the classroom? Are you a parent looking for classroom technology for your son or daughter that will last from Junior High on up through freshman year of college?

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