• The 3 biggest EduTech trends for 2017

The digital natives – pupils, are increasingly being exposed to technology with, nearly 3-in-4 teens owning a smartphone. Technology is deeply embedded into their daily lives, and when it comes to going to school there’s no change, technology is at the forefront of modern learning, with the rapid increase of ‘ipad schools’ and ‘smart classrooms’.

2016 saw new technologies such as VR enter classrooms, other highlights included; wearables competency-based education and mobile devices. The growing importance for students of all ages to be highly tech-literate means traditional teaching methods are being quickly being adapted. Here’s our predictions for 2017

1. Hyper-converged
In the last two years schools have been testing hyper-converged infrastructure, however, many schools left at the testing stage as platforms were too unstable. The end of 2016 saw high adoption rates of hyper-converged infrastructure with its space saving and cheaper solution offering schools more IOPS (Input/output operations per second). In 2017 we predict to see a lot of schools realise that hosting data in a tiered system may not be the most efficient model.

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 2. One–to-one
2017 will see the increased roll-out of one-to-one, a scheme where each student has an electronic device in order to access digital resources. One-to-one is so popular within academic institute, such as schools and colleges due to its ability to standardise education. In previous years we have seen the focus on schools to invest in devices, such a large investment caused many one-to-one schemes to fail. Late 2016 we saw the pressure on schools to invest in devices lift and refocus to the parents. This new shift in tactics brings new problems - pricey devices are a hard sell to parents, schools can however, leverage their buying power unlocking discounted prices and monthly payback schemes for parents.

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3. Wireless reliant schools
As the reliance on ‘smart classrooms’ and digital resources has made textbooks all but a distant memory, the need for schools to have a strong and secure wireless network couldn’t be more important. Teachers and students need a reliable and a fast wireless connection in order to access the information they need to conduct an efficient class. However, with budget cuts, many schools haven’t been able to upgrade their networks to provide sufficient power or access points. Resulting in most not having sufficient bandwidth for one-to-one computing, sharing presentations or using videos.

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What our education specialist says:
“Nationally I can’t give you the facts and figures to how IT investment has allowed schools to achieve the best results, but what research does show is the direct correlation between IT investment and improved results – with many schools seeing students jump from G’s to C’s”