EdTech magazine highlights five technologies every college needs for a modern campus that will attract and retain students.
1: Wireless networks
With wireless devices more prevalent on college campuses than ever before, high-performing Wi-Fi networks are necessary to keep people connected. Use network surveys to identify the spaces that need more access points or equipment upgrades. Also try implementing controller-less Wi-Fi, which allows institutions to automatically apply configuration and authentic policies to different access points.
2: Cloud computing
Cloud-based services free up space in IT departments that would normally be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting on-campus applications and infrastructures. Cloud computing also helps colleges better manage temporary spikes in wireless usage, such as during online testing and registration. Some public cloud platforms are specifically geared toward helping students navigate the cloud.
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3: Interactive whiteboards
Instructors can use multi-touch interactive whiteboards to work alongside students, whether figuring out math problems or drawing diagrams. Some software allows instructors to customize demonstrations or upload students' photos taken outside of class. Students can also download content from the interactive whiteboard to save for later, making the technology especially useful for studying.
Video is a multifaceted tool that holds value for a range of groups on campus. Students can access lectures for on-demand viewing from the comfort of their dorm rooms, while administrators can utilize video for alumni relations and funding campaigns, among other activities. Video is particularly important for on-campus safety and surveillance. To enhance security, connect video surveillance cameras to the cloud for storage purposes or other networked devices such as campus access-control systems.
5: Digital signage
Digital signage is essential for communicating information efficiently to members of the campus community, especially in emergency situations. The best digital signage solutions are simple to connect to campus networks and allow users to enable central control messaging. Other options can track how many people pass by, helping administrators figure out the best locations to set up digital signage (Joch, EdTech, 7/25).
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