The education sector is flourishing with digital technology. We take a look at what it takes to make the most of an exciting and quickly developing area.
The much anticipated summer holidays are drawing to an end and within the next couple of days the morning rush hour will once again return to its former congested glory as parents, teachers and students begin another year of the educational calendar. The way in which everyday lessons are being taught however is undergoing some considerable changes, and for the better.
A Changing Landscape
The internet has given schools, colleges and universities the ability to inherit technology and revolutionise how lessons, lectures and seminars are received and interacted with by students. Laptops, iPads, and tablets along with interactive whiteboards and screens all help to enhance the teaching environment and prepare students from a young age for a life in an increasingly connected landscape. For the hardware that a school adopts however, a wireless network that can cope with the demand as well as keeping staff and students safe at all times is crucial.
Last year we published a blog that looked at the digital divide in education, stating how half of all schools in the UK have an unsatisfactory wireless connection, therefore limiting the effectiveness of any connected devices they will use and slowing students progression. This is now changing for the better with more and more schools now ensuring their networks are up to scratch and the digital transformation really taking hold of the education sector as a whole. Subjects such as coding and programming for example have become a part of the curriculum for students as young as five and are no longer seen as the specialist subjects they once were. The digital age is here to stay and by making computer sciences an enjoyable and recognised part of the curriculum, the next generation of computer professionals will be created and better than ever before.
A video published by code.org highlights the benefits of learning to program from a young age.
In order for students to get the most out of lessons such as coding, as well as digital resources that are becoming more and more common, moving away from the traditional hardwired networks and going wireless makes a lot of sense. A recent post by David Greene at Aerohive states that 70% of primary schools and secondary schools in the UK are now using tablets in their lessons. This is great news and shows consistent improvement and adoption of devices and digital applications, edging ever closer to 100%!
By listening to the students themselves and understanding how they want to use technology in the classroom a clearer picture can be drawn as to which technologies to adopt. A combination of the right devices, a digital curriculum and secure, reliable network will help develop the future of digital – the students!