external December 2017 - BlueRange Technology  

Ed Tech Trends to Expect in 2018

It’s not just about getting a computer in every classroom any more (although that is still a focus for many schools). Now we’re seeing augmented and virtual reality, mobile devices, and curriculum that teaches students to create new digital content on the machines that were once merely used for entertainment or the occasional supplement to traditional classroom activities. Instead of viewing tech devices as a nuisance, distraction or inhibitor to learning, ed tech enthusiasts are finding ways to take the classic learning principles used in schools for years, and enhance them through new tools that create greater excitement and engagement among students.

Here’s what ed tech has to look forward to in the coming year.

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Is Your Business Ready to Move to the Cloud?

With two-thirds of SMBs revealing that technology is the primary element in pursuing their objectives, cloud computing remains among the fastest growing technologies. In fact, a Microsoft SMB study indicates that by 2020, 78% of the small business will have adopted cloud computing.

And thanks to the many and continuing benefits, cloud computing has become a natural step in the growth of every small and mid-sized business. So, as an IT executive, CEO or one of the central decision makers in a company, you have to ensure your business moves with time lest you’re left out in the revolution by your competitors.

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Cisco Firepower for System Vulnerabilities

It’s one thing to decide that your school, business or healthcare facility needs help, but a very different animal to implement a strategy that doesn’t wind up making things worse. Part of the problem lies in the misguided belief that more = better when it comes to IT security. However, as we learned in Cisco’s 2017 Cybersecurity report, many IT professionals are using dozens of security products from multiple vendors. The problem with this approach is that these products were not designed to work together, and so they don’t. The result is gaps in security that can be hard to spot through the layers and layers of “resources.”

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The Implications of The Internet of Things in Education

The Internet of Things or IoT, as it is known, will soon transform numerous things in our everyday lives — including education. Internet of Things was first coined back in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, a gifted technology advisor. The Internet of Things refers to a network of everyday physical objects, such as refrigerators, stoves, watches, clocks — that transmit data via the Internet to the cloud. This “smart technology” is already seen in many homes and businesses. Examples of IoT technology include the Nest Thermostat and Amazon Echo. By the year 2020, more than 50 billion objects will be connected to the internet according to the latest estimates.

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