Connected learning is a model for education based very much around the demands of a digital world. A way of delivering learning so that it remains relevant to the world around us, adaptable to evolving technologies and engaging to the individual. A model rooted, in the words of Educause:
There’s no doubting that Office 365 has been a huge commercial success story for Microsoft. It boasts almost 50 million users per month and, according to Microsoft’s Kevin Turner, is a service used by upwards of 80% of Fortune 500 companies. Clearly, there are significant swathes of the global business community convinced by the merits of the product. Key to this prolific take-up is the benefits that the system can deliver when it comes to productivity.
As we’ve discussed before on this blog, the demand for schools to have a robust, secure and effective IT service is ever increasing. For one thing, an IT service that provides efficient communication networks, internally and externally. But also, more crucially, to deliver fast, effective online access that is geared above all else towards learning and driving the curriculum.
This means providing access that’s safe and secure for users. And, in an environment of increasingly ubiquitous computing, ensuring that web access is filtered towards appropriate materials across all manner of devices.
One of the many challenges a school faces in today’s environment is the constant need to keep pace with rapid changes in technology. While scrutiny exists on what pupils’ learn, pressure also exists on how they learn. Increasingly schools are attuning to the notion that the technology in the classroom and the school itself needs to be reflective of the wider world in which pupils, their parents and the teachers exist.
The reality of generational differences is nothing new. As early as 425BC Socrates was exasperated at young people’s bad manners; and teenagers have always been convinced their parents don’t understand them.
With the widely held belief that the youth of today are incredibly clued up about technology, yet over-confident and lacking respect, we decided to take a look at some common misconceptions surrounding this ‘net-generation’.
You don’t need a doctor to tell you the common cold is a nuisance, but that flu can knock you out of the game for weeks. Yet most of us don’t realise the same applies to computer viruses: some bugs cause little harm and are easily cleared up, others run amok and can bring everything crashing down with potentially fatal results.
So how can you inoculate your computer or network against such attacks? This 5-step guide shows how a little knowledge and foresight goes a long way.
With a growing business comes increasingly complex IT support needs. To ensure your systems stay online, for day-to-day troubleshooting, for staying on top of routine maintenance and to keep up with the latest technologies, businesses are faced with a choice: do you keep everything in house or do you outsource your support?
There’s no right or wrong answer that will apply to every business. It’s a matter of working out your specific requirements as well as taking into account your likely future needs. It’s also important to remember that this need not be an ‘either, or’ question; for some businesses, the right approach might involve keeping some aspects of IT support in house, while outsourcing others.
A school’s connectivity requirements are based on very particular usage patterns. Schools need to take into account not just what’s required to deliver the curriculum, but also the operational and administrative needs of the school. So you want to ensure stable connections and reliable performance - but while staying on budget.
With this in mind, here are five ways to ensure you stay online - without ending up with a needlessly expensive connectivity package.
The definition of an ‘empowered’ student is linked to the way in which those students approach learning. It’s about students engaging in meaningful tasks that are relevant to what they want to achieve; about growing in confidence and taking control of their learning experience.A connected school can provide the ideal environment for this empowerment to take place. It’s not about giving students completely free rein to aimlessly trawl the internet. Rather, it’s about providing the type of framework where students can challenge and develop their own abilities; where they can develop at their own pace - while staying safe.
Here are examples of how a connected school can encourage this type of development…
Can you use your smartphone or tablet in effect as a ‘remote controller’ for your Linux computer? The answer is yes. One way of doing it is via SSH and the command line - but in reality, but it can be far easier to gain access via the graphical desktop. Here’s how to do it…