Six potential issues of bringing technology into a classroom

Mobile devices provide unlimited possibilities for learning and are excellent educational tools for students and educators alike. However, each technological innovation can create issues.

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1.      Students use of social media

Teachers are anxious about students using devices for social media rather than educational purposes. Children and young adults spend a lot of time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To prevent this problem, ensure a next-generation firewall is installed to provide application filtering.

Children on average, receive their first smartphone at 10.3 years old, with researchers analysing the impact on such young minds – https://www.ft.com/content/7c972e2e-a88f-11e7-ab55-27219df83c97.

2.      Network overload

Many schools and educational facilities are not equipped with the appropriate infrastructure and wireless networks to cope with the number of wireless devices using up bandwidth and a wireless site survey conducted by a professional is of vital importance before any new large-scale classroom technology is implemented.

3.      Security breaches

Most of the time, students will act out of curiosity rather than maliciousness, but they will probably want to push boundaries as an experiment. If your network allows access to any admin servers, they are probably going to gain entry to it.

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Security is the biggest issue and challenge that schools face and is often the main reason many schools do not allow major roll-outs of technology in the classroom. Role-based access control can allow you to dictate who, when and what each individual is connecting to within your network, and limit access based on profiles and roles you have implemented.

Consider endpoint security management services, such as those at promisec.com.

4.      Cheating

Cheating is a lot easier when students can pull up any information on their device. However, with the constantly evolving world of technology, there are new and innovative ways to manage this problem. For example, software companies are working on new ways for teachers to access device screens whether in an exam or classroom.

5.      Gaming

Gaming can quickly become a distraction and detract from productivity in class. Technology such as application filtering can help regulate this issue.

6.      Damaged devices

There is a large risk of damage to devices when distributed to students. Quick tutorials in proper use and how to take care of the device, as well as providing durable cases and covers can help prevent costly accidents. Device insurance is also a wise option.

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