Chardon Local Schools Connects Directly to First Responders with an Instant Line of Communication
K-12 school districts around the country are seeking next generation communication solutions to help keep students and staff safe, especially as violence and crime in schools escalate. According to Dr. Michael Hanlon, superintendent of Chardon Local Schools, “Key to safety planning is improving the flow of information between first responders and on-site school personnel in an emergency.”
New resources aim to demostrate K-12 video collaboration
Education Networks of America (ENA), in collaboration with Wainhouse Research, today released a rich suite of resources that illustrate how school districts are advancing the use of today’s video conferencing technology to connect, collaborate, educate, and optimize learning experiences.
Three school districts that are using desktop and mobile video conferencing in creative and innovative ways are featured as a set of companion case studies. These school systems vary in size, student demographics, and implementation strategies, but each is creating effective and meaningful collaborative learning and communication spaces for their students, educators, administrators, and the broader community.
The proliferation of mobile devices combined with new desktop and mobile video collaboration solutions enables educators and learners, as end-users, to engage in anytime/anywhere video communications via their smartphones, tablets, and/or computers. “Today’s dynamic student-centered classrooms will likely transform video technology from a “nice to have” to a “must have” in education in order to meet students’ evolving learning and collaboration needs. Forward-looking districts are taking the steps now to evaluate and integrate a robust, scalable and managed video collaboration suite of services that enhances learning and administrative efficiencies,” stated Monica Cougan, senior product marketing professional at ENA.
The resources include several key components:
• White Paper, titled We Are Connected: The Power of Video Collaboration in Education, examines video’s expanding role in education and how it has evolved from a costly, complex, and cumbersome tool to a personalized learning and communications tool.
ADTRAN launches new cloud service
ADTRAN, Inc., has launched ProCloud.EDU, a wireless digital learning (WDL) suite that leverages the power of technology in the classroom with secure, cloud-managed Wi-Fi that is optimized from the network down to each student device.
As teachers and school administrators revamp their curriculum to better prepare students for careers in a globally connected economy, technology is playing a stronger role than ever before. ProCloud.EDU helps schools embrace this change and transform into modern, technology-empowered learning centers with increased functionality like capacity planning, cloud-managed Wi-Fi, content filtering and classroom management software.
"Anticipated E-rate funding for Wi-Fi, along with a burgeoning number of education applications is driving classroom wireless adoption. New solutions are needed to plan and deploy secure classroom Wi-Fi while also addressing policy controls and ongoing maintenance in a lower-touch way in order to support the best learning environment possible," said Nolan Greene, research analyst for IDC’s Network Infrastructure Group.
As K-12 schools transition from structured to individualized learning environments, ADTRAN ProCloud.EDU is helping students, teachers and administrators implement a technology plan that allows them to embrace this new vision of learning. Tablets, laptops and smartphones can easily integrate into the classroom allowing teachers to create a more engaged learning experience.
IT departments can deliver a classroom-ready Wi-Fi experience for all users without the burden of managing said network. Schools can also add in turnkey implementation services and help desk support, empowering them to build their own unique mobility bundle that addresses the needs of students, teachers and administrators alike.
The ProCloud.EDU wireless digital learning suite offering includes:
Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools
The digital concept is so important for our schools today. That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.
3 tips for implementing a tech-based learning environment
To assist schools grappling with making the digital leap, three large, national professional education associations offer practical guidance, best practices and examples of model technology-enabled schools.