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IT Strategy for Educational Institutions 

Posted on January 23, 2018
  
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It goes without saying that education is one of the most important gifts in life. With technology constantly changing the way we learn, developing an IT strategy is important to obtain educational goals as we move into the future. 

Why should you keep up with IT?

Educational organizations may face a variety of struggles when it comes to IT, which is why developing an IT strategy is critically important to keep information technology healthy over the long-term. Unfortunately, IT pain can be an obstacle for education without the right internal personnel to develop and execute a strategic IT plan. But with an experienced managed service provider like Apogee, these internal limitations can be counteracted, and IT becomes an active part in making schools more efficient for students, faculty, and staff. With IT, educational organizations can stay secure from ransomware attacks and provide quality education to students inside and outside of the classroom.

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So how can IT make a difference for education? Here are 4 ways developing an IT strategy can benefit teachers and students:

1. Access to Educational Resources

IT makes it possible to access academic information anywhere, at any time. Online libraries and applications have even made it possible for students to download e-books, saving them time and money. With the implementation of an IT strategy, costs of accessing educational material are cut down and it becomes easier for students to learn from anywhere. Learning is not only limited to the physical classroom, students and teachers now have the ability to access learning materials wherever and whenever they need it. 

2. Group Learning

Completing group work has never been easier, thanks to IT. Schools can now create academic forums, where students can discuss specific topic with no fear of expression. Not all group members will be from the same class or school as it was in the past. Students from various schools around the world can now be in the same academic group and share academic information.

3. Use of Audio - Visual 

Many students interpret information and learn in different ways. The use of audio-visual education has been known to help students learn faster and easier. Using visual illustration on projectors helps many students better understand new concepts. Our brains tend to remember visual illustrations more easily than text. This explains why you can easily remember someone’s face but may fail to remember their name.

4. Long Distance Learning

Long distance learning can provide education opportunities for students with situations such as geographical remoteness, family circumstances, course availability, desire to home school, an individual disability, etc. With information technology, education is not only limited to the classroom. The desire for online courses is continually growing. The Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017 revealed that about 30% of all higher education enrollments are strictly for online courses.
 

Breaking Down IT Barriers with Apogee

With developing an IT strategy becoming more important than ever, it's critical for educational organizations to iron out current IT security issues, build a true IT strategy, and ensure they have a trusted, knowledgeable IT management resource moving into 2018.

As a managed service provider, we will help you build an IT roadmap that properly leverages your current technology while preparing you for the future. With a thorough understanding of your systems, we're able to act as your technology strategist and help you get the most from your IT while supporting it every step of the way.

 

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