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New Technologies for School Districts

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New Technologies for School Districts

Educational institutions, whether K-12 or collegiate, face a unique challenge. They have a variety of users—students, teachers, administrators—each requiring different kinds of applications, levels of access, and security. Serving these diverse user segments has always been a complex challenge for academic IT staff.

In the 21st century, however, academic IT has the pleasant prospect of advancing technology solutions while lowering complexity. With the availability of new technologies, it finally has options that let it deploy appropriate desktops and back-end systems for the appropriate segment of users.

Even better, these new technologies give cash-strapped school districts a computing model that doesn’t force them to choose between rich, interactive content and cost-effective deployment and management. They combine the best of both worlds. They give more control to IT and deliver enhanced, effective 21st century educational materials to students, which translates into a win for students, teachers, and administrators alike.

An Evolving Challenge IT managers in education have always faced challenges at the desktop. While they needed to allow students access to computers, they had to restrict the ability to download and upload inappropriate content. That almost seems prosaic compared to today’s situation, in which technology is an even more integral part of most school systems. This is true both on the back-end, where servers and networks support administrative services, such as electronic attendance and absentee notification, but also in the classroom as well.

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