The age of mobility has mobile initiatives and devices deployed at a much larger scale than previously seen. It’s supported by cloud computing, which gives education institutions access to advanced services, applications, content and data without the hassles or the cost of ownership, management or maintenance.
The cloud provides access to much of the infrastructure required for mobility without the capital expense or management woes. And switching to cloud-based curriculum, content and other learning tools saves on textbook costs while enabling 24/7 student access.
Tommy Sumrall’s physics lab is hectic and noisy. In one area of the classroom, teams of students use hand-held computers to collect data from experiments on light reflection and refraction. Meanwhile, Sumrall and several students gather around laptops and engage in an animated discussion about an online optics simulation that allows them to use virtual mirrors and lenses to model the behavior of light.
In 2011, Three Village School District IT leaders decided to complement the district’s existing classroom technology initiatives with an interactive presentation program. “Initially we were interested in interactive whiteboards. Whiteboards are an important element of the classroom, and we wanted teachers and students to have a more interactive tool,”said Kerrin Welch-Pollera, the district’s director of instructional technology. “With regular whiteboards, we felt they were missing out on a much richer experience.”
New technological innovations aren’t just impacting teaching and learning for the better, they’re allowing K-20 institutions to improve efficiencies across every aspect of campus. In fact, a paradigm shift toward intelligent technologies in K-20 education is revolutionizing the physical campus environment.
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Administrators in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have long been committed to evolving the district into a 21st century school system. After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, they remained dedicated to this goal, despite damages inflicted on many schools. Less than two years later, with the help of the Cisco® 21st Century Schools Initiative (21S), JPPSS had integrated technology into a student-centered learning environment in 16 schools, with plans to transform the remaining 71 over the next 18 months.