Technology is one of the biggest enablers to your school, college or multi-academy trust. Education in the UK is becoming ever-more reliant on technology. The future prospects of today’s schoolchildren are largely dependent on their familiarity and confidence with a wide range of technologies and IT equipment. This knowledge will enable them to transition seamlessly into the workplace.
When teaching groups of students with diverse learning styles, having access to different types of technology can be hugely beneficial.
1. Desktops and Laptops
Computers of any type are the most obvious and basic type of technology needed in a school. Upon entering the professional world, students will be expected to be fully versed in the capability and functionality of these devices, along with standard administrative software (Word-processing, Spreadsheets, Email). The newest, trendiest models naturally have prohibitive price tags attached to them, but there are plenty of affordable, available options out there. You will also want to choose between Mac, PC and Chromebook, depending on what department you’re kitting out – a pricier Mac may be more suited to the music department, but a Chromebook perfectly adequate for Mathematics.
2. Tablets and Handheld Devices
Many students will be familiar with tablets from their home life, making them an easy introduction into the classroom. There are a wide range of options in the tablet market, from the lesser known brands to the ubiquitous iPad. Tablets may be a steeper learning curve for the teachers than the students, so it may take a bit of time to realise the full potential of these manageable, portable devices. Once they’re integrated into every day teaching however they’re an excellent tool for learning.
3. Interactive Whiteboards and Displays
The interactive whiteboard has been a classroom staple for over a decade, but it’s slowly being replaced by the newest iteration, the interactive display screen. Both bring an enhanced dimension of teaching and learning to the class, delivering engaging and immersive lessons. The newer models are more versatile without glare or shadow but do offer multi-touch capabilities and improved audio/visual capability.
While somewhat outdated in a classroom setting in favour of interactive displays, the projector still has its place. A small projector could be hugely useful for its portability, delivering a lesson requiring a display to a small group of students in an abnormal location. A large projector still has its place in halls, auditoriums and for mass gatherings of students or parents.
Purchasing Essential IT Equipment for Your School
We know you’ll have a budget to stick to when it comes to purchasing your IT equipment, however price shouldn’t be the only driver in what items you buy. You’ll need to balance price out against longevity and capability. For example, a laptop with only 2GB RAM may be the cheapest option, but when it struggles to load and run the software for which it’s intended, it becomes a redundant item from day one. Having some expertise to help with your purchasing can be invaluable to getting the most out of new equipment.
Purchasing outright also doesn’t have to be the only way to upgrade your devices and peripherals. There are many cost-effective leasing options available and parent purchase programs are also a popular avenue for funding one-to-one student devices.
M-Tech have strong relationships with vendors, distributors and leasing companies, resulting in both education discounts and economies of scale. We can work with you on a purchasing schedule to get the best equipment for your school, on budget.
As an end-to-end solution provider we can also take care of install and even build whole solutions around your new hardware, talk to us about your plans today.
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