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Making Classroom Technology Safe with Mobile Device Management
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Making Classroom Technology Safe with Mobile Device Management

Schools today want technology for their students. Classroom technology costs money. Thus, schools require funding from the government to purchase costly technology.  The government has policies in place that do not allow schools to receive funding if those schools don’t properly show their classrooms are CIPA compliant.  Simple as that.

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5 Challenges to Rolling Out iPads in the Classroom
Mobility

5 Challenges to Rolling Out iPads in the Classroom

Let’s face it, iPads are awesome. That’s why they are flooding into schools all across the United States. “Our share of tablets in education is 94 percent … which is sort of unheard of. I’ve never seen that kind of market share before”, said Apple CEO Tim Cook.  There are a ton of great benefits iPads in the classroom offer both the educators and the students, but there are some challenges to rolling out iPads in schools. Here are some of the most common.

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5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom
Strategy

5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

Technology has become an integral part of our society. It’s a part of everything we do including how we learn and teach. To better prepare students for their future careers, using technology in the classroom is essential. The infographic below gives 5 benefits of technology in the classroom. Of course there are a ton more, but this is a good illustration to get you started.

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Preparing  your School Wireless Network for iPads in the Classroom
Mobility

Preparing your School Wireless Network for iPads in the Classroom

iPads and other mobile devices are entering K-12 schools at an aggressive rate and it’s no surprise. They make great learning tools and can provide numerous benefits such as increased engagement and collaboration.  Throughout the U.S. and abroad, K-12 schools and universities are utilizing iPads and other tablets to enable mobility in the classroom and reach higher standards of education.

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6 Biggest Classroom Technology Trends in 2014
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6 Biggest Classroom Technology Trends in 2014

Technology has changed the way we communicate, shop, socialize, as well as how we learn and teach. To capture the attention of today’s little digital munchkins, schools need to integrate the technology they are growing up with and using daily into the classrooms. Mobile devices can make incredibly engaging and collaborative learning tools in the classroom and the materials can be more interactive and easily updated and customized to each student’s needs.

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How to Implement Mobile Classroom Technology on a Budget
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How to Implement Mobile Classroom Technology on a Budget

Happy New Year!  With all the resolutions that have come (and most likely gone by now) marketers are quickly spreading the word on new products that are coming out this year and there is one that deserves the attention of schools.  Specifically if your school wants to deploy a new 1:1 program in the upcoming year but can’t fathom spending $700.00 a student on a new iPad.  Welcome to the club the new Polaroid Tablet.  Coming in at the low prices of $129.00 for the 7”, $149.00 for the 8” and $179.00 for the 10.1” they will be hard to beat in budgeting board rooms.  

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5 Reasons iPads in the Classroom Implementations FAIL
Mobility

5 Reasons iPads in the Classroom Implementations FAIL

It seems like every day more and more schools/school districts are implementing some sort of mobile device solution and iPads are usually the device of choice when it comes to 1:1 implementations.  Implementing iPads in the classroom can enhance learning in numerous way, but they are a complete waste if they aren’t implemented correctly.

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7 Wireless Network Design Tips to Support iPads in the Classroom
Mobility

7 Wireless Network Design Tips to Support iPads in the Classroom

Mobile devices like iPads in the classroom are now becoming a crucial aspect to every up-to-date classroom. Schools that have not yet implemented a solution to support mobile devices like iPads in the classroom are starting to feel the pressure to integrate some sort of solution to support them. This pressure will only continue to grow. Studies show by as early as 2018 digital instruction could very well replace traditional printed methods. Bringing today’s students these new mobile learning environments begins with a lot of planning, which is the most important step to any new technology initiative.

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1:1 vs. BYOD in Education: Which is Better?
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1:1 vs. BYOD in Education: Which is Better?

Technology is everywhere and has become an indispensable component in everyone’s daily lives now including the lives of our little digital natives. The education model must change to continue to be effective and reach this tech-savvy generation. Today’s generation of students and their mobile devices are attached at the hip. Students love their mobile device and they expect connectivity on the school wireless network. Their dire love and infatuation with technology will only intensify over time, so if your school hasn’t considered a byod solution to bringing mobile technology in the classroom, you better get started.

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6 Burning Questions About iPads in the Classroom
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6 Burning Questions About iPads in the Classroom

There’s a lot of talk about bringing mobile devices like tablets and netbooks in the classroom. Actually it’s more than just talk, schools and even entire districts are implementing large mobile technology roll-outs. iPads are the fantastic device that are definitely leading this mobile invasion in schools. iPads are becoming increasingly present in educational facilities everywhere, but many are still leery about jumping on the iPads bandwagon just yet, which is understandable. Implementing any new technology in the classroom can seem a little daunting. So, for those of you still toying with the idea of implementing iPads in the classroom, here are the answers to six burning questions about them.

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How to Implement iPads in the Classroom with Little to No IT Staff
Mobility

How to Implement iPads in the Classroom with Little to No IT Staff

As schools assess how to rollout a mobile technology platform in their classrooms one thing stands at the forefront of being able to make that decision:  who will manage the standardization?  Many schools have little to no IT staff which leaves them believing they can’t possibly figure out how to rollout an iPad program without such resources.  Maybe a teacher offers to take it on or maybe it falls on the shoulders of an overcommitted principal or dean.  But wireless networks are ever changing and bring new challenges at a higher rate than your wired networks.  Thus, many schools fear they can never allow iPads to enter the classroom due to the lack of technologically savvy staff on hand. 

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23 Reasons BYOD Network Design is the Answer to Mobility in Schools
Mobility

23 Reasons BYOD Network Design is the Answer to Mobility in Schools

BYOD (bring your own device) has gone from just a trend to a reality in schools and entire districts all over the United States. With BYOD student’s and teacher’s personal devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. are used in the classroom, and at home for learning. Proper BYOD network design enhances education by making learning more collaborative and exciting than ever before along with a plethora of other benefits.

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iPads in the Classroom vs. Chromebooks
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iPads in the Classroom vs. Chromebooks

Bringing technology to the classroom comes with many decisions to be made. Today many schools are standardizing on either the iPad or Chromebook, and as a school wondering which to choose can be tough.  Below are some differences to help guide the final decision:

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How to Use iPads in the Classroom
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How to Use iPads in the Classroom

Having technology in the classroom is no longer a debate, it’s a given. Schools that have not yet implemented a solution to support mobile devices like iPads in the classroom are feeling increasing pressure to put into action programs like BYOD and 1:1. Studies show by as early as 2018 digital instruction could very well replace traditional printed methods.

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Fighting the Classroom Technology Battle to Save Students' Futures

Fighting the Classroom Technology Battle to Save Students' Futures

It is estimated that by the year 2020 4.2 million jobs will be in IT and computing.  That is less than a decade away and yet we still have educators and school boards thinking technology in the classroom may not be a necessity.  For our students to meet the challenge of this ever changing and growing economy, technology should be put at the forefront of education.

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