You’re in the educational system and have mastered the art of juggling. Budgets, curriculum, state and federal requirements to abide by, ensuring students pass and so on. But wrapped into all of that is also the technology piece that without, a school would cease to exist. Some of the best institutions in the country are successful in part because their decision-makers budget for superior technology. It is, in fact, a key piece to how a school operates. Nearly everything from alarm and surveillance, paging, bell and clock systems, mass communication to information security all depends on how well and updated the technology that supports it is. In this blog, learn what technology in schools is critical to keep up to date for a functioning and secure K-12 environment.
Every second counts in education. In most cases, K-12 instructors are given a finite amount of time allotted with students in a day, and it is critical to not only those instructors but the students and school as a whole that the day progress as it is supposed to. An institution operating with a faulty and inconsistent clock system can lead to disorganization in between classes and frustration from instructors as they potentially lose minutes with their students.
Equally important as a properly functioning clock system are the bell operations. Essentially, they go hand-in-hand. When a bell rings, students know where they are to be, and that class has begun. But, with a system that is off even by minutes can create a domino effect and leave less or more class time for some instructors, ultimately interrupting their agenda and effectivness with their class.
With the automation of clocks and bells, everything can be pre-set ahead to accurately go off at the specific desired time. Often it isn’t a singular location that needs to be taken into consideration, but entire districts. Ensuring that your district as a whole is synchronized and operating together will allow for all school-related activities to run fluidly. Having the latest and properly configured technology will help deliver less technical errors and decrease the number of failures that older systems tend to develop over time.
Updates in technology are critical elsewhere in educational institutions. We hear it more now than ever before. Another school targeted in a hateful attack. Lives lost and people hurt. It’s a terribly tragic subject to talk about, but unfortunately, these incidents seem to keep occurring and force us to discuss the most important component associated with such attacks: security. Weighing on the minds of students, parents, teachers, the board of education members and superintendents alike is the security within their schools and what is being done to maintain the technology that goes behind the safety of all who attend the institution.
Security goes further than just having metal detectors and a police officer on staff. Over the past few decades, greater security measures and emergency plans have been a priority for schools, but investing in the latest technology as part of that plan should be done in concert. There are multiple layers that need to be considered and may not be so obvious, yet decision makers need to be educated on regularly. Information security, real-time communications, surveillance; the list goes on and are critical to ensuring that your institution runs properly and efficiently.
Protecting both property, students and faculty, video surveillance is rapidly becoming a more necessary investment for school districts. Even more convenient for larger districts with multiple locations and campuses, new IP-based solutions can allow for video monitoring remotely to allow for greater accessibility for school officials and even law enforcement when necessary.
In the event of an emergency, communication is vital. Having a reliable mode of communication to not only contact faculty members but emergency services can make the difference between an incident turning into a devastation.
One of the biggest movements in technology in the past years has been advancements in mobility. Having the means to have mobile devices synced to your network will allow you and other faculty members to communicate with one another through your system rather than just your outside network. Mobility can also allow for staff offsite and anywhere remotely to keep updated in the event of an emergency real-time. Imagine how much faster and further communication could go if you have everyone on multiple devices on the same network. Communication and collaboration have grown bigger than just phone systems; it is now computers, mobile devices, tablets – all are interconnected and used to talk with one another onsite and offsite.
Technology might not be top of mind in every Board of Education meeting. But the reality is, it contributes to driving performance from both staff and students, and it's necessary for a functioning and secure environment. As we see more advancements in education, it would seem only natural that a school’s technology would grow with it. Are you prepared for what’s to come?
Originally published on 03/31/2017
Topic: Technology in Schools