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Latest Technology advances impacting School Communities

School communities know that the best teaching and learning takes place in adaptive learning spaces where teachers and students engage in high-level activities including those enabled by digital tools and resources. Access to the wider world through Wi-Fi and use of the Internet enables global student collaboration and research.

Personalised, peer, flipped, blended, project-based, design-thinking, play and game-based styles of learning focus on skills development such as problem-solving, creative thinking and collaboration. These styles of learning create connected and engaged students that are better prepared for higher-order thinking and learning and of course life beyond school.

Accelerating global change and advances in technology together with ever-reducing budgets are challenging schools to keep up with the latest trends in education. Today’s emerging technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed realities, 3D printers, programming, drones and STEM / STEAM products have the power to transform education in ways never seen before. As educationalist and author Marc Prensky puts it:

“We are at the ground floor of a new world full of imagination, creativity, innovation and digital wisdom.” – Marc Prensky

The increased use of digital technologies by students in schools raises questions around student safety, digital identity, footprint and reputation. Digital literacy and e-safety programs form a very important component of the school’s curriculum as does the technology hardware and software that protects the school’s IT network and Internet gateway.

As from 22 February 2018, Schools are required by law to report any ‘notifiable data breaches’. More often than not these data breaches occur due to unauthorised access to school data stored physically or digitally. It is highly recommended that schools conduct an independent internal and external security penetration test on their IT network. Such a test highlights the strengths and weaknesses of IT network security and enables the school to proactively remediate issues.

Our large and enthusiastic education team look forward to working with you and your school leadership team to ensure your school is getting the very best out of its technology resources and programs.

On behalf of the ASI Education Team, I wish you and your school a successful academic year.

 

This article was originally published by Michael Eggenhuizen in ASI Education, Issue 11, April 2018.