Reliable IT Network Infrastructure: Backbone of the Tech Driven Schools, Colleges and Universities

>>“Technology can become the ‘wings’ that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before; if we will allow it”- Jenny Arledge


By  Arati Naik 


With the advancement of technology, the education sector has been continuously evolving. It holds immense opportunity to support new learning approaches that engages with both, learners and teachers. Right from kindergartens to colleges, today’s students are getting opportunities to embrace technology, and expand their learning potentials. Schools, colleges and universities across the globe are leveraging the technology and digitizing their institutions with smart classrooms, laboratories, connected campuses, online distant learning courses and exams.

From past couple of years, many educational institutions in India have been using tools like projectors, computers, laptops and tablets etc. to encourage digital learning, however, the most important element that’s is overlooked by these institutions is IT infrastructure. The key success factors of an educational institution relies on the core IT network infrastructure: wired and wireless connectivity.

Here’s why you need to develop an IT Network infrastructure that would encourage digital learning in your school, college or university:

Digital Learning Tools Demand Reliable Network:

As technology has been transforming the way teachers teach and students learn, the IT infrastructure should leave no room for the network to fail. High speed internet is required for students to access information online, thus enabling more self-directed learning.

Connectivity Across the Campus:

Apart from classrooms, other common premises like libraries, computer labs, laboratories, canteens, play areas, auditorium etc. also require access to internet. High bandwidth connectivity is required for initiatives like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs, where students can bring their own devices and can study anywhere across the campus by carrying their devices.

Security:

With the Increasing threat of incidents of negligence, there is a need for schools and colleges to ensure students safety all the time. Thus, implementing CCTV Camera across the campus has become a priority. For this, one needs PoE enabled Switching solution that collates data from all the CCTV cameras and helps to monitor and keep a track of activities taking place in the school premises.

The adoption of technology will make education more relevant, engaging and motivating for learners. I thoroughly believe that technology can make a real difference, but only when it is implemented thoughtfully. Thus, it is crucial for educators to choose the right IT networking solution for their institution because IT Network infrastructure is the backbone that would empower all your digital initiatives.

(The author is COO, Digisol Systems Ltd.)

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