Welcome back to another school year! As always, a time fraught with staff change overs, device rollouts and projects aplenty. With the advent of another year it’s a better time than most than to sit back, look to the year that will be and ask;
“Can our Network handle what 2019 will throw at it?”
While terribly cliché, the statement “Our lives are becoming more and more digitally connected” could not be more true.
The latest innovations across networking and connectivity have brought about the Internet of Things Revolution. The new IoT tsunami is well and truly being adopted across the consumer space – anything that possibly can be networked, will be. From internet enabled lights, garage doors, thermometers and personal cameras, the connected home is now a reality and with advancement at home comes advancement in our classrooms.
It is not enough to support student devices, each capable of accessing more and more cloud resources.
Today schools also have to contend with having:
- Interactive Panels / Projector on the network
- 3D Printers requiring web access
- Weather Stations
- Fish Tank PH Readers
- Voice Assistants
These unparalleled modern teaching resources were completely unexpected 3 years ago, however the expectation of the classroom of the future is that not only they are connected – rather efficient.
IT Directors and Leadership have been tasked the role of looking into the crystal ball and predicting what is in store for the next 3-4 years ahead. Similar to BYOD Programs before it, the IoT revolution looks to change the game, again.