With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid pace, keeping up with what's new and hot on the educational side is no easy task. To help IT directors, administrators and teachers stay up-to-date with the changes, THE Journal talked to users in the field about what's happening now and what's coming down the pike during the year ahead.
- By Bridget McCrea
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has provided additional details about its move into 1-to-1. The district, which has 350,000 students, will be rolling out 100,000 HP and Lenovo Windows 8 devices by August 2014.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Tablet manufacturers are beginning to face a more difficult environment domestically. Growth in tablet sales, particularly among end users, has slowed dramatically. Institutional purchasing, rather than consumer demand, seems to be the main force that's continuing to push tablet adoption.
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.
We live in a data-driven world. Data informs decisions about everything, from which laptop we use to how best to invest for the future. So how, then, do we leverage data to better understand the needs of our students when it comes to learning in our ever-evolving digital environment?
Fourier Education is bringing its einstein Tablet+ to the United States. The devices, designed to function as a mobile science learning lab, is currently in use in schools in more than 60 countries.
Wisconsin's Green Bay Area Public School District is taking a novel approach to supporting its 1-to-1 Chromebook program. Rather than simply using standard WiFi, the district is providing broadband access via 4G LTE and allowing students to use the network on and off campus.
Lenovo has unveiled two new Chromebooks and two new Windows-based laptops for schools.
TabPilot has launched a new series of tablets designed for classroom presentations. The new Breea Freedom HD tablet, which is being shown at this week's FETC conference, taking place in Orlando, FL, is designed to broadcast tablet content onto projectors and comes with classroom management software pre-loaded.
Aerohive has introduced a new cloud-enabled mobility management product designed to simplify enterprise networking and extend visibility and control over connected mobile devices.