It’s usually the iPad devices and other creative technology that get all the plaudits for their teaching and learning benefits, but the real unsung heroes work behind the scenes. We’re talking about WiFi, networking, servers and storage. They might not be the most exciting aspect of your tech, but without them, you’re going to struggle to support a large device deployment.
And while you may have a Dependable Dave you can rely on to handle your IT, when it comes to more complex WiFi setups, you may find yourself in need of a networking expert. Luckily we provide solutions to ensure your WiFi and network are up to scratch, and you’re backed up with reliable storage.
Security and eSafety
When giving out a raft of mobile devices to students and letting them go off and access the internet, eSafety is naturally going to be one of your biggest concerns. Not only do you have to make sure pupils aren’t accessing anything inappropriate when they’re online, but you need to be able to keep personal information secure, and remove any risk of bullying or abuse. As well as writing up your own eSafety policy or code of conduct for students to follow, we’d advise having actual technology solutions in place (we recommend Lightspeed Systems) that include web filters to restrict what pupils have access to, and a firewall to secure your network and protect students’ devices from viruses and dodgy websites.
Lock down online content
Lock down specific content and keep students away from anything you absolutely don't want them to see in lessons.
Different access for different student groups
Pick and choose what different groups have access to, and even create different admin groups to let teachers have control over what students can access in their department.
eSafety at home
Keep students safe at home, with a solution that can manage and restrict access in any kind of environment including a bring your own device (BYOD) setup, whether students are on or off the school network.
Creating an IT infrastructure that supports modern learning
In 2014, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School reopened as a free school, and realised that their IT setup and network wasn’t up to the challenge of handling new students and staff. The IT team came up with a five year investment plan and, with a bit of help from Jigsaw24, a high speed network was soon in place...
“[The new network] had a huge impact on staff morale and on their confidence in the IT systems of the school, which had previously been low. Our staff were amazed at the speed at which the improvements took place.”
Vikki Dodd, Head of Computing, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
What can we do?
Get tailored tech – IT solutions for every level.
Whether you’re after iPad for primary or secondary schools, or need more advanced, industry-standard IT creative tech for further and higher education, we provide solutions for every education level.
Get expert advice – Ask us about our consultancy.
Our team can talk you through a tailor-made solution based on your needs and budget. Along with the technical skills, they have a knack for translating IT technician speak for teachers.
Get all set up – We can help with installation.
Our networking experts can provide a full system that includes everything from new access points to brand new speedy cabling.
Get futureproof – Sustainable solutions.
We offer solutions that are scalable, so your WiFi can expand as the number of your WiFi-hungry devices does, with predictable budgeting too.
Get supported – Our tech support team.
We provide a dedicated point of contact who knows your system inside out, so you can be sure your school has minimal downtime if anything goes wrong.
Get peace of mind – Our ongoing maintenance.
We also offer contracts that include phone and remote support, dedicated Education Managers and Trainers, purchasing portals, training, surgeries and more.
Creative Edu Autumn/Winter 2016 issue