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The importance of secondary back up internet connections for schools

A loss in connection can disrupt the school’s day-to-day operations, including online classes, administrative tasks, and access to digital learning materials. This can result in lost productivity and learning time for students, and it can be especially challenging for remote learners who rely on the Internet to access class materials and communicate with their teachers. Without a backup internet connection, the school may have to wait for the primary connection to be restored, which could sometimes take hours, days, or even longer. This delay can significantly affect the school’s ability to operate and meet its educational goals. The lack of a backup internet connection can also increase the risk of data loss, security breaches, and other problems. For example, if the primary connection goes down without backup, sensitive data and information may be lost or compromised.

We explore the reasons why schools should be installing a backup connection as a priority. 

Reliability: With a backup internet connection, schools can ensure that their internet access remains uninterrupted even if their primary connection goes down. This is especially important for schools that rely heavily on the Internet for day-to-day operations, such as online classes, digital learning materials, and administrative tasks.

Redundancy: A secondary backup internet connection provides redundancy, which means that if the primary connection fails, the secondary connection can take over immediately. This ensures that there is no disruption in service and that students and staff can continue to access the internet without interruption.

Disaster Recovery: In case of a natural disaster or another unforeseen event that disrupts the primary internet connection, having a secondary backup connection can be crucial for restoring internet access quickly.

Critical Applications: Many schools rely on cloud-based applications, Learning Management Systems (LMS), and other online resources for teaching, learning, and administrative purposes. A secondary internet connection can ensure these critical applications are always available, even if the primary connection fails.

Large User Base: Schools typically have a large user base, including students, teachers, and staff. A backup connection can help distribute the load during peak usage times, preventing the primary connection from overloading and slowing down.

Cost Savings: Schools can avoid potential costs associated with downtime and lost productivity with a secondary backup internet connection. In the long run, having a reliable backup connection can save schools money and prevent headaches.

In short, not having a secondary backup internet connection can have significant negative impacts on a school’s ability to function, its ability to provide educational opportunities to its students, and its ability to protect its data and information.

How do I install a secondary backup system in my school?

While there are some considerations involved in getting a secondary backup internet connection for schools, it is generally not difficult to implement. Many service providers offer backup connections as part of their service packages, and schools can work with their IT staff or a third-party provider to ensure that the connection is set up correctly.

Installing a secondary backup internet connection in your school will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of connection you choose and the specific requirements of your school’s IT infrastructure. However, here are some general steps that can guide you through the process:

Determine your school’s internet needs: Before choosing a secondary backup internet connection, you need to understand your school’s internet needs. Consider factors such as the number of users, the type of activities they engage in online, and the bandwidth required to support these activities. A reputable provider will offer a free consultation to establish your requirements.

Choose a secondary backup internet provider: Once you understand your school’s internet needs, you can research and choose a secondary backup internet provider. Consider factors such as the provider’s reputation, the types of connections they offer, the bandwidth they provide, and any costs or fees associated with the service.

Redundancy: Schools must ensure that the secondary backup internet connection provides redundancy by connecting to a separate physical infrastructure or network from the primary connection.

Evaluate your school’s IT infrastructure: Before installing a secondary backup internet connection, you need to evaluate your school’s IT infrastructure to ensure that it can support the connection. Consider factors such as your existing internet hardware and software, your school’s network topology, and any security concerns. A good supplier will offer a free network check as part of their service.

Install the backup internet connection: Once you have chosen a provider and evaluated your IT infrastructure, you can install the backup internet connection. This may involve installing new hardware, configuring software settings, and testing the connection to ensure that it works properly.

Monitor and maintain the backup internet connection: Once the backup internet connection is installed, you need to monitor and maintain it to ensure it continues functioning properly. This may involve regular testing, software updates, and troubleshooting any issues that arise. Using a supplier that provides a Managed WiFi Service will ensure that all of these things are provided within the cost of maintaining your network.

Simpli-Fi’s Managed WiFi Service for education designs and builds fast, robust networks to meet the most demanding technical criteria within the most complex locations throughout the UK.

We aim to deliver the best network design, hardware, installation, managed services and support, keeping schools connected to the digital world.

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The Brompton Fountain are to become The Metatech Group Charity of the Year

The Metatech Group and CSR

The Metatech Group is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and in addition to the importance we place on our brands engaging in environmentally friendly practices, we strive to fulfil our philanthropic objectives by finding ways to give back to our communities. This is why every year we have committed to support a charity that is close to our hearts.

 

Why The Brompton Foundation?

Our charity of the year for 2022 will be The Brompton Fountain and Simpli-Fi Director, Gary Exall tells us why:

“The Brompton Fountain provides vital support and resources, medical equipment and services that are not normally supplied by the NHS. They work closely with the hospital teams within the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and children’s wards. They fundraise to improve the quality of life for their young patients and their families and make a real difference when it’s needed most. This charity relies solely on the kindness and generosity of supporters who fundraise for them so that they can continue their vital work. 

My Goddaughter Poppy became a Brompton Baby before she was even born when it was discovered she would need life-saving heart surgery from the moment she arrived into the world. Poppy had this surgery when she was just 4 days old and during this time Poppy’s parents received an unwavering amount of unconditional support from the Brompton Team. 

Poppy recovered well from her first surgery, but at only 9 months old, she was diagnosed with another devastating new heart condition and underwent another successful major open-heart surgery.

To this day Poppy continues to thrive and is the most amazingly happy, little girl. To Poppy’s family, the support and expertise they experienced from The Royal Brompton and The Brompton Fountain was literally lifesaving.

 

What does The Brompton Foundation provide?

The Brompton Fountain provided Poppy and her family with experiences that helped them through their journey.  For example, the most beautiful singing team came to Poppy’s bedside and sang “fly me to the moon” the night before Poppy’s surgery, which she loved.  The playroom was a wonderful escape from all the wires and all the constant invasive and often upsetting tests. The beautiful distractions and toys that were provided definitely kept Poppy and her family smiling through some horrendous times. 

This is just a tiny part of what the Brompton Fountain does to keep the unbearable bearable, which is why we will be asking our communities to support us in our efforts to support them.

 

What will The Metatech Group and their brands Noba and Simpli-Fi be doing to support the charity?

We will be posting regular updates on our blog and across our social channels throughout the year to let you know how we are getting on, and how you can help us support this incredible charity.’

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about The Metatech Group, Simpl-Fi or Noba and how you can support us to meet our target of £10,000 for The Brompton Fountain next year.

We have started our support early by donating to the Christmas Toy Appeal. Due to Covid-19, toy donations cannot be accepted, so the charity is raising money to buy toys and fun festive treats and activities for young patients who will be spending Christmas at The Royal Brompton Hospital. 

 

If you would like to help brighten the festive season for the children in hospital over Christmas, you can join us in making a donation by following this link.

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Ambitious growth plans as Simpli-Fi become part of The Metatech Group

Managed WiFi and connectivity specialist Simpli-Fi’s evolution has continued following their merger with Noba in 2019, with the recent reveal of their new brand. Now part of The Metatech Group, the union has enabled the group to increase its portfolio of services and work across multiple industry sectors.

Simpli-Fi are already a recognised market leader for the construction, education, leisure and public sectors, supporting organisations across the UK and beyond. However they are not planning to stop here and have ambitious plans for growth as Managing Director Gary Exall explains;

“Our merger with Noba Event WiFi and the decision to become part of The Metatech Group, is all part of our longer term strategy to grow the business and continue to expand our service portfolio. Over the last 12 months, organisations have had to find new ways to communicate and do business, and Simpli-Fi’s ultra fast WiFi and connectivity solutions have been on hand to enhance user experiences and increase productivity from the classroom to the construction site. Recent projects have ranged from installing our Managed WiFi service to the welfare areas of the Battersea Power Station Regeneration Project for Sir Robert McAlpine, to a school wide installation for The Lion Academy Trust. We’ve even been fortunate enough to have spent the last few years working on a luxury villa complex in the South of France.”

Noba’s MD Nick Taylor added “The Merger with Simpli-Fi made perfect sense. As the leader within the event WiFi arena, adding Simpli-Fi’s resource and expertise to our business has ensured we have been able to pivot successfully during the recent pandemic. Our extended team was able to respond rapidly, installing connectivity for essential services such as remote criminal justice trials and getting critical Covid testing and vaccine centres up and running within 24 hours. This merger is just the tip of the iceberg for us and  the first step in our ongoing evolution.”

 

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Technology Trends Supporting the Education Sector

The pace of technological advancement within the workplace is becoming increasingly rapid across all sectors, as industries strive to improve productivity, efficiency, profit and wellbeing for its employees.

The education sector is no exception, and the unwelcome arrival of Covid-19 has forced the education community out of the classroom and into an eLearning environment. New technologies needed to be embraced to assist with online and distance learning, along with safeguarding the wellbeing of the education community as they enter a new era of teaching.

A New Era of Teaching

As we continue our education on how to live with the threats and disruption that a global pandemic causes, technology has never been as critical for pedagogical progress. Educational services are now continually reviewing how they can prepare for a future where responding to global pandemics and other threats doesn’t destroy the education of our future generations.

The education sector, along with other industries, is now looking at options for damage limitation to the workplace, should another unprecedented disaster strike, and technology plays a huge role in this ‘new normal’. We are just fortunate in education that generation-alpha and beyond have grown up in a digital world, where rapid and unexpected change is already their normal, so getting them to embrace new technology is easy; the challenge is how to blend the technology with the teaching to achieve the best learning outcomes.

The range of technology solutions that can assist and inspire more innovative ways of teaching is hard to keep up with, so we have picked our top, most influential technology trends that may form part of that ‘new normal’. These trends are already being embraced by the education community and may become as commonplace as Fibre Broadband and site wide school WiFi, for primary to secondary education and beyond.

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1. Simulation Based Learning For Students

From a developmental point of view, it is an undisputed fact that a child’s learning environment is a vital component for a positive outcome. Schools are now adopting sophisticated technologies to improve the classroom space to form a happy, safe, engaging learning experience.

AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) and XR (extended reality) hardware and software are developing exponentially, and are the perfect solution for curating enhanced learning environments.

For many schools, virtual or extended reality options can be a more cost-effective way of facilitating unique experiences without the cost of the actual event. For example, a school trip to a museum could be substituted for a virtual reality experience to a museum or art gallery.

For slightly older learners, there are even immersive virtual reality experiences available that can offer insights into what other planets might look like, based on existing science models.

Depending on curriculum requirements and age suitability, AR, VR and XR can be invaluable tools for immersive learning, and the use of this technology is increasing from nursery level to university.

2. Artificial Intelligence

AI (artificial intelligence) solutions are becoming increasingly prominent within the education sector, including widespread adoption of AI teaching aids to automate elements like marking multiple choice tests or homework.

Anything that frees up teachers to dedicate more time to face to face teaching and interaction, rather than spending hours evaluating student work, is a welcome addition to the community. Long hours and a stress-inducing overload of administration tasks is a well known factor in staff leaving the profession. It has also been identified as a key inhibitor for graduate entrance into the world of teaching. Finding ways to reduce the volume of administration through technology may help to reverse this decline in newly qualified teachers.

Artificial intelligence in teaching and learning is also useful for highlighting weaknesses in areas of the curriculum or the testing systems. For example, AI can be used to flag any questions within exam papers that are consistently answered incorrectly. This enables authorities to identify issues with the curriculum or the way in which it is being taught, rather than it continuing to affect student outcomes.

AI is not yet being used at scale for marking high profile qualifications, and the development of the technology is geared towards supporting teachers rather than replacing them, but we certainly expect to see future wide scale use to improve marking quality and consistency.

By leveraging the already powerful AI technology available, we hope that schools will see improvements in exam performance, teacher productivity levels, and even student wellbeing.

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3. Apps and Gamification Supported Teaching

App supported learning is another great tool for both teachers and students, as developers continue to expand app functionality and versatility. Apps like Slack, WhatsApp and Remind can be used to support distance teaching, and there are a huge range of educational apps now available, from language apps to spelling and science apps like Dualingo, Spelling Stage and True or False Chemistry.

These apps support learning through gamification and can be used to support distance or in-class learning. The use of these apps benefits students because it brings the teaching into a space they can relate to. The learning is environmentally contextualised by the app framing, making it easier for learners to connect with the material.

4. Data and Insight Reporting as a Teaching Tool

Teachers and learning institutions are expected to deliver tangible, results based reports and insights at every turn. Ofsted, teachers unions, parents, head of year, the board of directors, the local council; the list of people demanding reports of one sort or another is endless.

Through tracking performance at a student level, and automating the processing of these performances into usable, useful analytics, teachers get valuable insight into how best a student learns.

If these analytics are stored securely on cloud-based servers, saved across multiple platforms, or even just exist as an email attachment, the methods used to capture and process these analytics are almost always exclusively digital.

Again, due to the growing sophistication of the software involved, use of these technologies is only growing. It makes reporting totally customisable to the situation, whether that be rationale for lesson plans for Ofsted, or a report to send to a parent or guardian. Again, this allows teachers to worry less about all of the extraneous tasks that cause so much stress to their emotional wellbeing, and focus on teaching the class in front of them.

The trend towards more insightful reporting isn’t going away any time soon, and as reporting software is being adopted as a standard across the country, it becomes increasingly likely that Ofsted will make a deeper level of reporting something it scrutinises more closely during inspections.

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5. Technological Innovation in the SEND space

Accessibility via technology has always been one of the leading motivating factors to technological innovation.

Interactive learning materials remove several barriers to accessibility, and even something as relatively low tech (when compared with VR technologies) as an ebook can be a great help to a partially sighted, dyslexic or dysnumeric learning. ebooks and shareable PDFs can also be a great resource for students unable to travel or gain access to a library, as it brings the library to them!

Interactive learning experiences such as multi-touch ebooks, immersive learning experiences, and apps often give SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) learners an opportunity to engage with a lesson or source of information in a much more meaningful and useful way.

For learners with educational needs that affect their concentration or cognitive ability to engage critically with learning materials for a sustained period of time, the ability to record a lesson and upload it to the cloud for access at a later time can be invaluable.

Education is always striving to move towards a more inclusive and supportive learning environment, so that everyone can get the education they are entitled to, regardless of any special educational needs or disabilities.

Technology is a major part of this, and always has been. Screen readers have existed via technology since 1992, so referring to this as a technology trend might be stretching it a little. But even if we consider it an education technology staple, it’s ever evolving and so must be accounted for!

Technology Trends Supporting the Education Sector

A huge factor in successfully adopting these technologies is access to a fast reliable WiFi network. Almost all iterations of content designed for AR, VR and XR are entirely reliant on a solid internet and WiFi connection, for the experience to remain fully immersive.

To make the most out of the opportunities that EdTech provides, including AI and app supported learning offers, schools should pay close attention to both the reliability and adaptability of their WiFi systems. If a WiFi network is out of date, or the infrastructure is in need of an upgrade, then it may not offer sufficient connectivity to handle the levels of traffic when all students in a school, year group, or even a class suddenly need to be online simultaneously.

A poor connection can be completely counterproductive to a learning environment, leading to a lesson being quickly derailed. A Managed WiFi service will ensure that your network infrastructure is fit for purpose and a WiFi solution is installed that will support multiple devices and site wide coverage. With Simpli-Fi’s Managed WiFi solution, access to learning materials aren’t tied to one location and therefore your student’s learning doesn’t stop as soon as they leave the classroom.

Our new generation of eLearners expect a fast and robust WiFi service to be available throughout the school or campus. This means that a fit for purpose WiFi solution isn’t just a useful commodity, but a necessity, to facilitate a high standard of learning and achieve desired outcomes.

With Simpli-Fi, you receive state of the art WiFi network solutions, meaning that the budget you allocate to technology based learning will be fully supported by a WiFi network that can do the job.

We currently support over 250 schools throughout the UK, and are proud to offer teachers and students all of the benefits of wireless networking for as little as 40p per pupil, per month.

Get in touch with Simpli-Fi today to discuss how the benefits of managed wireless internet technology can improve your school’s performance and support your teaching community’s wellbeing.

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Simpli-Fi joins frameworks, designed to innovate public sector procurement

Why join procurement frameworks?

The Simpli-Fi team are always looking for ways to improve how we do business and exploring how we can best support our clients, which is why we decided to join these frameworks. Both frameworks offer schools and other public sector organisations the opportunity to directly appoint suppliers, quickly and compliantly, without going out to tender.

They also allow clients to select a new supplier through an efficient mini-competition process, where only three of the most appropriate suppliers are invited to provide proposals, reducing bidding time and costs.

Who can use these frameworks?

Open to all public sector bodies and organisations, there are no barriers to finding out how we can address any legacy WiFi performance issues within your operation, school, or trust. You can now benefit from joining the hundreds of schools and organisations nationwide that rely on Simpli-Fi to keep their critical wireless infrastructure optimised.

What does our new status mean for our clients?

By joining the supply chain of Everything FM and Everything ICT frameworks, Simpli-Fi has already demonstrated they have the requisite know-how, experience, business processes, policies, and financial standing to deliver computer FM and ICT services across the UK.

Gary Exall, Managing Director of Simpli-Fi:I’m delighted to have been approved to provide products and services on these frameworks. The work we have done as a provider means that we were fully vetted and tested in advance of being approved to join them. This enables our existing clients to access our services directly, and new clients to work with us, without any fear of procedural or contractual challenges.  Our whole ethos is about applying market-leading expertise into schools and public sector organisations, and now we can make the journey to working with us easier and more secure for everyone.”

What are the benefits of using the frameworks?

  • Responsive & Effective Procurement
  • Risk-Free
  • Cost Free
  • Best Pricing Guaranteed
  • Hassle-free contract renewals

Dee Uppal, Head of Managed Services, Simpli-Fi: “So many of our clients are concerned about making sure they get their procurement ‘right’ and worry about making sure they have not exposed themselves to any challenges from suppliers when the outcomes of these procurements are shared. Now, with these two frameworks, that risk is taken away, and I look forward to advising everyone we currently work with and will work with, to go through these two proven procurement pathways.”

“Quite simply, Everything FM gives control to our clients by allowing customers to obtain the best value for money based upon their requirements and not those that are pre-determined by the framework operator.  It removes unnecessary bureaucracy and creates a time-efficient route for procurement, which delivers enhanced ROI for all parties.”

Claire Delaney, Managing Director, Everything FM

For more information on how to start your journey to a more secure and effective wireless network configuration and management solution for your organisation contact Dee Uppal.

We look forward to working with you.

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Simpli-Fi partners with ClassVR to help schools see the benefits of incorporating VR into their digital learning

Why partner with Class VR?

What are the benefits of Virtual Reality in Education?

  • Increase knowledge area.
  • Active experience rather than just passive information.
  • Helps to understand complex concepts, subjects, or theories.
  • No distractions while the study.
  • Boosts students’ creativity.
  • Expands learner’s efficiency to gain knowledge.

What is ClassVR?

According to Forbes extended reality in the form of AR and V R will change the way we learn at school. 

ClassVR is the award-winning virtual reality solution designed specifically for education. From its standalone VR headset, curriculum-aligned resources and teacher controls, ClassVR provides everything you need to implement virtual reality into the classroom. Using ClassVR, students are able to visit impossible places, visualise complex concepts and experience things they could never imagine, all in truly immersive VR experiences.

Learning through experience is one of the most effective ways for students to learn, which is why hundreds of schools across the UK are utilising virtual reality in their lessons to raise engagement and increase knowledge retention with VR.

To discover how easy it is to plan and deliver VR & AR lessons, send specific playlists for students to explore, or allow them to experience VR at their own pace.

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What our schools say

“By incorporating VR into aspects of our planning we have been able to deepen the learning and meaningful understanding of our children of our children’s experiences at school. Is that not, in essence, what education is meant to do?”

Simon Luxford-Moore, Head of e-Learning, Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools.

The Power of Virtual Reality

Did you know we retain 10% of what we read but up to 90% of what we experience? To learn how schools are adding value to education with VR and AR?

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How Reliable WiFi Supports Personalised Learning In Schools

These days, the individual child is at the centre of learning, and teachers are expected to adapt how and what they teach to meet each child’s individual needs.
Personalised learning is both an expectation and a holy grail. Schools have a duty to enable every child to meet their full potential, and are judged in inspections and league tables accordingly. To achieve that, you have to understand individual strengths and weaknesses, maximising the former and working to overcome the latter.

On the other hand, there is a recognition that delivering personalised learning in its fullest sense is extremely challenging. How can one teacher adapt every lesson, both in planning and delivery, so that 30 individual children get the exact blend of instruction, support and challenge they need to be continuously moving forward at every point of every day?

How can you account for and spot every misconception, every conceptual breakthrough that opens up the next level? How can you gear lessons to suit all interests?

It sounds impossible. But then we always have technology, and technology can do wonderful things.

How Technology Can Support Personalised Learning

Much of education depends on access to information. In a traditional classroom, the main source of information would be the teacher, followed by books – mostly the same books for the whole class. In the digital age, the options are far greater. The internet gives any learner access to huge swathes of available information. With the right guidance, even young children can plot their way through it in their own way, at their own pace.

Providing every learner with suitable internet access opens up all sorts of possibilities for personalised learning. It promotes independence, allowing children to discover and research things for themselves. It also accommodates different learning styles and promotes choice – children can choose to learn things from text, pictures or video to suit, and the multimedia devices they use to access the internet also allow them to demonstrate their learning in all sorts of different ways.

But embracing technology in education is not all about handing over responsibility to the internet. Networking and cloud technologies also have a key role in distributing software applications which structure learning, but in a personalised way.

Learning platforms are like the digital equivalent to textbooks, except users do not have to progress through them in a linear fashion. Using algorithms, learning platforms will decide on next steps for a child based on their input and answers to questions – put very simply, if they struggle they will get more practice, if they fly through they will be presented with more of a challenge. The software can evaluate individual areas of strengths and weaknesses and tailor content to suit, all automatically.

Infrastructure To Support Personalised Learning

All of the above requires two key things – reliable access to the internet so all students can get on to learning platforms and access web based resources as they need them, and their own device to do so. Sharing laptops or tablets means the learning is not fully personalised.

A lot of discussion goes into the resourcing implications of providing every child in a school with a digital device, whether shared pools of endpoints are suitable or whether Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the best way forward. But equal attention should also be paid to how the broadband network is accessed.

WiFi makes the most sense for supporting personalised learning because it supports mobility in school. A PC on a wired internet connection means a child has to be in a certain place at a certain time, and providing ethernet to a device for every child is just impractical from a set up and maintenance perspective.

With WiFi, a child can take their device with them – it follows them in their learning and they have the choice to dip in and out of projects when they like. This encourages children to take ownership of what they do. The younger generation are also being brought up using mobile devices rather than laptops, and WiFi and smart mobile devices go hand in hand.

To fully support personalised learning through technology, schools need to pay attention to the reliability and agility of their school WiFi system. Too many WiFi networks in schools are out of date; they cannot support the data traffic created by whole classes of children going online at once. If half a class cannot get online, the lesson falls apart.

Similarly, older WiFi networks face issues of moving between access points (APs) – each AP only has a limited range, and switching the transmission of data packets from one to another can lead to pages freezing or crashing. This restricts the mobility WiFi should be able to offer.

These issues are easy to solve with the latest WLAN technologies available. Network capacity can be upgraded to easily accommodate a school full of users, and the latest WiFi protocols address issues of mobility.

If you would like to learn more about setting up or upgrading a WiFi network in your school, please contact Simpli-Fi today. We provide a managed WiFi service to the education, construction, leisure and public sectors, delivering robust and affordable WiFi connections with remote management, service desk and support.

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Technology in Education

During these lectures, students would need to take handwritten notes in order to study later down the road. Books were also an important tool that provided information to students, as were printed handouts. Students would also be required to complete assignments, which usually meant answering questions about what they had read in their books or heard during the teacher’s lecture.
Without a teacher, receiving an education during this time was nearly impossible. With the advancements in technology, an entirely new world of education was born. Having new flexibilities when it comes to teaching is just one of the benefits of technology in education.

What Role Does Technology Play?

Traditional education came with many flaws. For starters, it never took into consideration that every student is different. This means that everyone will learn at their own speed. There are also several learning styles that students can use to gain the amount of education that they need the most. This was also not typically considered with traditional education.

Instead, students were forced to learn at the same speed as their peers or they would fall behind. They also had to adapt to the teacher’s teaching style, which may not have been conducive to their specific learning style. Today, technology has improved the way that students are able to learn in these areas. Students are able to learn at their own pace and use whichever learning style allows them to learn the best.

Now, students have access to teaching tools other than just their teachers and books. Teachers are able to use DVDs, videos and even web-based tools to teach students more about how things work and operate.

What Causes Students To Learn Better?

Due to the importance of education, a substantial amount of research has been conducted over the years. One of the main areas that this research focuses on is the ways students are best engaged. It was discovered that with technology, students are able to be more active when it comes to participating in class and with their education goals.

Students are also able to place more trust in their teachers because technology allows teachers to build credibility with what they are teaching. When teachers are able to use web-based items to demonstrate examples and ideas, more credence is placed on what they are teaching.

What Are The Benefits Of Technology In Education?

One of the biggest benefits that students receive from education is that they are able to learn from a distance. Because of technology, it is no longer necessary for students to gather in one location in order to receive the same education. Instead, classrooms can be virtual, where they take place in the homes or offices of the students.

Another benefit of technology is that students are able to learn together. This is important because they are now able to collaborate with one another to discover new and exciting ideas and methods. Students also have access to the knowledge of many people through online chat rooms and online communities.

Finally, technology is something that businesses and learning institutions can rely upon to cut down on training costs and to increase productivity. Since students are able to learn quickly and reach a great deal of valuable information, delivering lessons to students will be much more cost-effective.

When technology is used properly within the education process, students will be able to become more engaged and challenged throughout their learning journey. This can help enhance the experience that the student has and will increase their perception of what can be completed. For these reasons, it is evident that technology is extremely valuable and important as part of the education process.

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The Importance Of Creating A Robust WiFi Network In Schools

Hands up if you remember chalk and blackboards in your primary school. How things have changed, with nothing more obvious than the use of technology. Nowadays, most teachers cannot even take the register without internet access, with every classroom, from Reception to Year 12, jampacked full of gadgetry intended to enhance and enliven the education experience.

But as technology in schools has bloomed, the demands on keeping everything connected has increased. Just as in business, hooking devices up to a network provides flexibility to share, to work in different places and at different times. It means the teacher does not have to sit on a particular PC to check all students’ work, that pupils can save a piece in one place and return to complete it in another. The quality of that connection can have a big impact on how smoothly a school runs.

WiFi Vs Wired

Schools seem to have been slower than the business world to cast off wired connections and go wireless, but there are a few good reasons why WiFi makes better sense.

One is safety. Wired connections require lots of, you guessed it, wires, which is not always the best idea with lots of busy little feet buzzing around. Want to just move that laptop to a different desk to browse via an ethernet connection? You have just created a trip hazard.

Which leads on to the next benefit of WiFi – mobility. Wired connections are location-dependent; with WiFi, you are free to move wherever you like. And that ties in with point three – mobile technology. Tablets and smartphones have transformed how people use the internet. They are the devices children are most familiar with and, thanks to their ease of use and the number of educational apps available, have been warmly embraced in schools. They also need WiFi to operate.

Keeping Connected

Like any organisation, schools are only as good as the tools they have to teach with. We all remember lessons when a teacher spent 15 minutes trying to get the video player to work. Today’s teachers stream their video clips from the internet, so rely on the quality of the internet connection to avoid that excruciating experience.

The same applies to children’s learning. One of the great educational benefits of the internet age is the freedom it has given children to find things out for themselves, rather than always rely on instruction from the teacher. Schools are embracing this by providing more and more internet-ready devices, with many aiming to achieve a one-per-child policy, or running BYO initiatives so children can be online as much as possible.

But having hundreds of eager learners all surfing and researching in one place at once poses a problem – it puts enormous strain on the WiFi network. Sadly, many schools are investing heavily in fantastic hardware like iPads without considering their WiFi needs in their school. What they get left with is a lot of frustrated children whose devices can’t get online.

At Simpli-Fi we provide schools with state of the art wireless networks, and make sure they are fast, secure and kept up to date. We then manage the technical side with remote monitoring and support, all for an affordable annual cost. We are currently supporting over 250 schools within London and the surrounding areas, giving teachers and students all the benefits of wireless networking without headaches.

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How Can Using WiFi In Schools Benefit Students?

New ways of communicating, of finding information, of working together and of playing are emerging constantly, drawing up new paradigms for how children and young people learn, think, share and express themselves.
For education professionals, the challenge is keeping up.

But whatever the new technology is that offers to improve children’s education, be it the latest tablets, a coding programme or interactive software which tracks progress in a subject as children learn, none of it works in isolation. The true power of technology is realised when it all links up together in a network. Enter WiFi.

Educating The Digital Natives

First of all, let’s think about the role technology can play in education. Today’s youngsters grow up in a digital world. An education which does not reflect that immersion in digital technology neither reflects the world they know nor prepares them for life as adults.

Google chief Eric Schmidt famously criticised UK education for letting its ICT curriculum fall badly behind the times. But as well as having a curriculum for learning about technology, technology is itself a powerful tool for learning. Schools are indeed now required to teach a robust new computing curriculum about digital technology, such as safe and responsible use of the internet and social media, and basic coding skills. But more and more learning is taking place through technology, in opportunities to make every lesson more engaging, more relevant and more student-led.

Increasing Access To Technology

While the technology-as-a-subject model can still be fulfilled with the old model of having stand-alone lessons in a dedicated ICT suite, using technology as a tool for learning cannot. Using interactive presentations on a whiteboard for a whole class to watch has been a possibility for the past decade. Having every child engage themselves on their own laptop or tablet is a new possibility.

For this to work, every student needs their own device, and every device needs to be connected to a network. Cable connections are clearly not practical for 30 laptops in a classroom, and not possible for iPads and tablets. WiFi is what makes it possible for every child in a lesson to learn through technology.

Schools at the cutting edge of exploring these possibilities are using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) to plan and deliver lessons, and then collect and mark work. They are either budgeting to provide enough devices for every child, or running BYO schemes. Clearly every child needs to be on the network so the teacher can control the lesson, and WiFi is the cheapest and most user-friendly option.

Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Aside from the logistical advantages in the classroom of avoiding wired connections to a network, WiFi offers one more big advantage to the modern student – flexibility. Say a student needs an extra ten minutes to finish a piece of work while the rest of the class moves on. With WiFi, they can take their device somewhere quiet and carry on.

Or the potential for interactive, user-led learning on the move – recording ideas by going around the classroom or school recording replies to questions, taking video clips of work in progress in practical lessons to compile and annotate later, even getting outdoors for PE or science lessons to photograph examples and upload straight into a working document.

WiFi allows for complete mobility in using technology, so learning can take place anytime, anywhere within a school. It is breaking patterns of classroom-based learning in ways which increase engagement and motivation.

Find out how WiFi is increasing opportunities for students to collaborate effectively in their learning.

At Simpli-Fi we provide schools with state of the art wireless networks, making sure they are fast, secure and kept up to date. We then manage the technical side with remote monitoring and support all for an affordable annual cost. We are currently supporting over 250 schools within London and the surrounding areas giving teachers and students all the benefits of wireless networking without headaches.