As Gartner predicts that 85% of businesses will have deployed a BYOD programme by 2020, it’s hard to deny that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is creeping its way up the list of priorities for the workplace. As organisations embrace its benefits, which include saving money on procuring and maintaining devices as well as boosting productivity through making remote working more feasible, educational institutions would be missing a trick if they didn’t follow suit or at least consider it. Since BYOD can enable access to virtual learning environments on personal devices, it can act as a vehicle to engage students who are on the premises.Read More →

In a speech at Bethnal Green Academy today, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan discussed the impact of ‘extremist ideology’ on young people, announcing a new website Educate Against Hate. The website offers parents, teachers and school leaders advice and resources to protect children from extremism. Morgan said that schools play a ‘key role’ in spotting the signs of radicalisation. “Schools can pick up those behavioural changes which may signal that a student is being radicalised before their peers or even their parents have spotted them,” she said. “That is why it is so important that schools see protecting children from radicalisation as part of their safeguardingRead More →

Sporting the theme ‘Collaborate, Educate, Celebrate’, Capita’s SIMS Independent and International Schools conference 2016 saw over 300 delegates gather at the Beaumont Estate, Windsor to explore both the SIMS product and wider issues in edtech. Julie Booth, Head of Independent Schools, opened the conference as the crowded room of teachers tapped on the conference’s very own app – the event has been paperless for several years. Julie highlighted schools’ involvement in developing SIMS products through their focus groups, the largest of which are in the South East UK and in Dubai. SIMS has also formed relationships with the ISC, are involved in SHINE teacher awards andRead More →

According to the survey of 350 teachers and over 1,000 students, technology continues to be seen as a differentiator in schools, colleges and universities across the UK. Almost two thirds of respondents (62%) felt that their organisation’s investment in technology helped them to stand out from the crowd. This differentiation is important, especially where educational institutions often have to compete for pupils. Despite making for encouraging reading for those seeking to increase the pace of technological evolution in the UK education sector, these findings actually reveal very little change since last year’s survey. Investment in technology is a huge part of education in an increasinglyRead More →

IT teams in educational institutions are the superstars of Wi-Fi. While corporate IT teams typically focus either on high performance or high-density coverage, IT teams in education need both. Where else besides schools and higher education might IT teams need to onboard thousands of new users—each with multiple devices—several times a year? Now IT teams within education face new challenges. Integration of Wi-Fi into the curriculum raises the importance of reliability, Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and the Internet of Things (IoT) increase network load and new wireless standards like 802.11ac Wave 2 increase the importance of cost-effective upgrades. To overcome these challenges, look for a Wi-FiRead More →

The Government’s Science and Technology Committee published its latest report, ‘The big data dilemma’ on 12th February. The report states there is a drastic skills shortage in the digital market. This is not a new problem and the industry has been talking about it for a long time. Go On UK, a charity set up to promote digital skills, last year found that over 12 million people and a million small businesses in the UK do not have the skills to prosper in the digital era. The government’s report highlights that the issue is not going away and needs to be addressed urgently. However, asRead More →

Professional development opportunities aren’t just a great time to learn and grow; they’re a wonderful way to network with other educators. During conferences, you can gather lots of great ideas to be used in your classroom as soon as you return. You also may hear about initiatives and programs that have been successfully implemented in other schools, and which sound like they might work for your own school. At educator conferences, teachers get to come out from behind their closed doors and mingle with other educators to discuss issues impacting education and to brainstorm and begin to implement measures of necessary reform. In the lastRead More →

The Supreme Court on Wednesday started the arduous task of initiating “long overdue” reforms in legal education and in the profession of advocacy to put the LLB degree on a par with those of MBBS and BTech. “The system is crying for reforms and we must do something,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit said. The CJI said there was a general feeling that students enrolled in LLB courses when they didn’t get admission into other professional streams. “If students do not get into MBBS or BTech courses, they join LLB. Legal profession should not be a freeRead More →