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From whiteboards to touchscreens – The tech upgrades needed for classrooms
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Written by: Nadav Avni
Interactive touchscreens are changing the world of education by making the classroom a more dynamic, engaging, and immersive environment.
Today’s students are able to get a deeper understanding of the content, and today’s teachers are able to have greater flexibility with delivering their lessons. But with great technology comes great responsibility, meaning that a plan for device management must come with new tech upgrades.
Interactive touchscreens and other new forms of technology can open the door for students to access unfiltered content via the internet and use school-issued devices for reasons other than education.
To properly protect students, teachers and administrators, schools using technology should incorporate additional tech upgrades in the form of a device management system.
Even for schools that don’t issue devices directly to students, utilising a system to manage on-campus devices, such as interactive touchscreens or virtual reality systems, is critical for protecting the school’s investment.
Technology management systems such as VISO MDM for Education include a comprehensive suite of tools designed to maximise the useful life of all technology investments and ensure that all devices are used properly and for their intended purpose.
As schools are incorporating more technology in the classroom and using technology to create virtual classrooms and deliver remote instruction, using a robust device management system becomes even more critical.
To be most effective, a technology management upgrade should include tools that provide several key features.
All devices will need maintenance from time to time in the form of updates and troubleshooting, but performing manual maintenance on individual devices is time-consuming and impractical.
Due in part to tight budgets and limited space, many schools typically have a small IT staff responsible for managing hundreds – sometimes thousands – of devices on the school’s network.
To manage this efficiently, schools need a system that allows for centralised device management. IT administrators should be able to manage device maintenance tasks and routine device upgrades from a single, centralised location without needing to be in front of the actual device.
A robust device management system can provide a broad snapshot of all devices on the network while also looking granularly to find, track, and update individual devices.
A proper centralised device management system also allows IT personnel to batch routine tasks, such as software updates and app downloads. Not only will task batching save time, but it will also help avoid missed device updates.
Comprehensive device management for educational touchscreens must include safety and security features to help educators properly care for these expensive devices while also keeping students safe.
Even with a teacher present to oversee the use of interactive touchscreens in the classroom, issues can happen. If the teacher must leave the classroom for even a few moments, devices and the students who are using them can be put at risk.
To protect students from accidental exposure to non-academic content, the device management platform must be able to block certain applications at the network level.
This setting will allow IT administrators, to set permissions to designate which apps are and are not allowed on all school devices, even when those devices are not on school property.
IT administrators can also set guidelines for device usage and internet searches that align with school policy, helping to train students about the proper and safe use of technology.
To protect the school’s investment in technology, the device management platform must also be able to make security changes remotely.
Geofences can help school administrators identify stolen devices quickly, sometimes even before a student has identified an issue.
Once a device has been confirmed as lost or stolen, administrators can remotely wipe the drive of all identifying information, helping to further protect the device.
Although IT administrators will have the most direct experience with devices, a complete device management system will offer customised interfaces for many types of users.
For example, headteachers and other administrators may be most concerned about analytics reports and other analysis tools, while teachers will likely need more classroom management tools.
Offering customised views for all stakeholders helps to ensure buy-in and gain maximum value from any technology investments.
In addition to these minimum technology upgrades, Radix provides a bundle of services to help teachers and other school personnel properly manage technology, both in and out of the classroom.
With Radix’s VISO MDM for Education platform, school administrators can minimise deployment time for new technology investments, since firmware integration of the platform is done at the factory-level by many OEMs and vendors of digital devices working with Radix.
Each new device, from individual tablets to large touchscreens, comes out of the box ready to be tracked and managed on the school’s platform.
The platform and features also come with ad-hoc support to supplement your school’s IT department.
Since Radix has specialised in device management for education and supports millions of devices each year, it has also added several other features that benefit those in the education space:
With its robust technology management upgrade to traditional classrooms, Radix can help teachers and administrators effectively manage a variety of technology-integrated learning environments. With these tools, teaching teams can ensure students are safe and technology investments are thoroughly protected.
Our team at Radix can help you implement needed upgrades to streamline your device management system without sacrificing quality. We work with you to evaluate your needs and develop the best solution for your organisation.
To see how technology management upgrades can benefit your organisation, contact us today.