ISTE 2014, the largest US education technology conference, closed July 1 – good-bye, Atlanta! The time frame coincided with new developments around FCC’s proposal to close the E-rate’s “Wi-Fi gap”; we cover these below.
As always happen with these large events, not everyone can go. But educators are a creative bunch. Rather than feeling left behind, they organized a parallel #NotAtISTE14 conference – complete with presentations, virtual badges and ribbons, Google+ community and hangouts, Twitter chats, karaoke (!), challenges and prizes. (Links and resources pertaining to a #NotAt… conference are at the end of the post).
We reached out to the community with a contest asking why they needed Wi-Fi for education technology initiatives.
A summary of the tweets are below, with responses ranging from robotics and iPad carts, to working with special ed kids and spurring creativity in students.
UK high school uses social networking technology to enhance student experience.
Harwich and Dovercourt High School uses social Wi-Fi to engage students
Headmasters in the UK see social Wi-Fi as an invaluable way of promoting their schools as tech savvy. Competition is fierce, especially among private schools, and social Wi-Fi is an innovative means of recruiting students and connecting with them. What better way to reach students regarding events, news and key issues than by communicating on their preferred social platforms.
“Children often find school boring, so if we as an institution are able to communicate with them on a level that they find interesting and engaging, then we are not going miss out on this opportunity. On the other hand, the need for security within education is paramount and is often a deciding factor for parents when looking for a school. AirTight social Wi-Fi supports our mission to be social, while protecting the network and securing users’ communications.”
Richard Blott, IT manager for Harwich and Dovercourt High School
Read about trends in education technology: Wi-Fi as a subscription service, outlook for 802.11ac adoption in schools and integration of social media into wireless networking.
BETT 2014, UK’s learning technology show, has been and gone, but it certainly won’t be forgotten! For those in the educational technology sector, be it primary school teachers all the way to network managers of colleges and large secondary schools, this was THE event and is memorable for new technology and aching feet from over 4 days of the conference.
Wireless as as Service for Education
So what was all the fuss about and why was #BETT2014 trending on the social feeds? There were a few noticeable trends this year noted by attendees and exhibitors alike. Firstly came “XXX as a service”! As educational funding changes, so does the need to adapt and service the new legislation whilst still enabling the educational IT needs in what is a constantly evolving technology landscape.
Cloud Wi-Fi as a service