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.
WiFi is one of the most important things to consider before rolling out a deployment of mobile or notebook devices. Without proper WiFi coverage (a strong signal wherever you are) and capacity (the ability to support all your devices at once), your students and staff are going to struggle to make the most of the devices you’ve invested in. Having structured cabling and switches is also very important to ensure your wireless is fast and reliable. Without full integration between your access points, cabling and switches you might suffer from signal black spots, slow-loading files and web pages, and the indignity of dropping off the network because too many people in the IT lab next door are on the WiFi at the same time.
The top solution we recommend for keeping classrooms connected is from Aruba Networks, an HP company, and we can also provide a full installation service which includes structured cabling and switches to ensure your WiFi is working effectively, and ongoing support.
Aruba Virtual Controller technology delivers enterprise-grade WLAN capabilities – that basically means it's high performance, scalable and secure.
Aruba is resilient to failure – if an access point fails, another one takes on its job so you don’t get any disruption.
Manage multiple networks really easily. Configure and manage it through the built in web interface or centrally.
eSafety is important when it comes to your network - keep students safe online. Working with the OpenDNS service, Aruba Instant wireless LANs help schools protect children from inappropriate web sites and content.
Any worries you may have about security are taken care of, with an integrated firewall that inspects, prioritises, blocks and restricts network traffic based on policy.
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, you will need to have 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. Unlike very static local authority filters, Lightspeed uses a combination of clever algorithms and real web analysts to filter the constantly changing harmful stuff out while keeping as many learning options open as possible.
Lock down specific content and keep students away from anything you absolutely don't want them to see in lessons.
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.
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.
Two more things it’s very important to consider in your technology deployment are your servers and storage. A server gives everyone in the school access to centralised files and folders on the network, while storage solutions make sure all your resources and wonderful content you and students have made like video and audio are all backed up and secure (and not just on disparate USB drives or saved to the desktop – never to the desktop!). If you think yours might be in need of an upgrade, get in touch with the team for a free review!
Tailor-made server and storage equipment built based on your needs and requirements by the team here at Jigsaw24.
Save time and headaches by letting us connect up devices at your school and give you an overview of how the whole system works.
Perfect storage solutions for the classroom, including a wide range of portable, rugged external hard drives.
Is your system running too slowly and becoming unreliable? We can advise on how to get your servers and storage working more efficiently together.
“[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
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