IT Tools That Can Facilitate A Productive Learning Environment

The quality of IT Solutions in an Educational Environment can have a direct impact on the learning environment. While we are experiencing the “new normal” of remote education, it is crucial to adopt educational technologies that can better foster a virtual learning environment. In 2020, there are many solutions that educational institutions can adopt for their IT environment to have such a benefit. Here are a list of products and solutions that can immediately impact education:

HP Classroom Manager

Classroom Manager is a tool mainly for educators and students. It is fitting for the Computer rooms of schools where students and teachers are all on different computers and engaging with the same content. Classroom Manager is a software the entire class would be using in their respective devices and the educator would have control over how the students use their devices.

The intention behind this solution is to prevent distractions among students and to foster a collaborative environment. This tool enables students to share their work from their computers with the class and has communicative capacities for instant messaging between students and teachers (in case they have a question). Additionally, teachers can lock/unlock devices; clear students’ devices, monitor their screens.

Managed Print

Every school, college, or university has print needs. Teachers need to print materials for their lessons and students need to print their assignments and/or the required content for class. Additionally, the administrators need printers for their official forms. Despite the importance of print in an educational environment, printers still have issues and cause delays. These delays have detrimental effects on the overall educational process.

Managed Print Service is a Solution where the school works closely with a Service Provider on their print environment. The Managed Print Service Provider would maintain the print security, closely monitor the supply quantities, assist with repairs, and facilitate the replenishment of necessary supplies. At the end of the contract, the service provider works closely with the school’s IT team on refreshing the print supply as well.

IT Network Security

With a high volume of students and educators using the network in a school, cyber threats can sneak in through the network. It is difficult to properly manage every small threat. At any given time an individual user can open a bad phishing email or download a suspicious program.

The lack of IT Security can leave room for a cyber breach into the school’s network. Reacting to this crisis would prove costly to the administration and cause significant delays to the educational process of students and teachers. Additionally, sensitive data of each individual user can be breached such as passwords, and personally identifiable information.

With the proper firewalls, IT officials can monitor the content each endpoint device has access to; and find suspicious activity in the network. In addition to firewalls, email security is also necessary as is insider threat detection. With the proper configurations and segmentation, the IT team can have an organized network where different levels of officials have different types of exposure into network data.

Business Technology Can Improve The Environment

COVID19 has caught us all by surprise and has had devastating impact on the economy, the public healthcare system, and millions of families. The rapidly contagious nature of the coronavirus has caused millions to practice social distancing and stay at home.

As people are spending more of their time inside at home including for remote work, there has been less consumption of transportation leading to one unexpected beneficiary of the COVID19 pandemic: the environment. In China, the average number of “good quality air days” has increased by 21.5% in February compared to the same time period last year. According to The Guardian, pollution levels in China, South Korea, Italy, and the United Kingdom are drastically lower this year than last year. The shutdown of industrial operations and transportation resources led to less CO2 emissions, and an overall improved air quality.

The Catch

It is unknown when the COVID19 Pandemic will slow down globally and come to an end for us to have a sense of normalcy again. But whenever that day comes, the usage of transportation will go up again and we will see the air quality back to its state before the pandemic. While in this scenario, COVID19 Pandemic is indeed great news, the state of the environment is something we ought to consider as well.

How IT Can Help

It is inevitable that many industrial operations and in-person businesses such as food service will resume. However, there are businesses and organizations that can take many of their roles into remote work. If millions of employees begin to work remote, that would lead to less operational costs for the physical work space and in turn, less people would use transportation.

While this is all a conversation for a time in the future, there are steps companies and organizations that are currently social distancing through remote work can take. Here are some things to consider for management currently:

  • Remote Productivity should be high. Equal to or more than when in the office
  • Reporting and task management protocols should be optimal and convenient for both the management and the employees
  • The necessary IT infrastructure is in place for remote productivity to be high.

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Classroom Management Is Now an IT Matter

The recent COVID19 Pandemic has proven to us that education is an important cornerstone of our society. It is economically crucial to have an educated populace in order to boost the exchange of ideas and help advance areas of society such as technology, science, public policy, etc. In order to maintain quality education; the necessary IT tools and resources need to be made available. Nowadays, schools have adopted remote learning. HP Inc.’s Classroom Manager is a trendy solution that we found would benefit education tremendously.

It is not uncommon to find situations where teachers and students are all in a room full of computers doing work together. However, when students are engaged with the computers, distractions can easily arise. Students can be working with other types of content instead of the main lesson at hand and the educational effort of the teacher would be wasted. HP’s Classroom Manager can address this ordeal.

With Classroom Manager, educators can manage the content that students are exposed to and both teachers and students can share screens. Students can share their screens to present their work to the rest of the class. Teachers can also share their content, avoiding a disconnect on the learning process between the students and the teachers.

Here are the following features teachers have from this solution:

  1. Lock/unlock: Ensure students focus by locking student screens
  2. Blank all: easily clear all students’ devices with a click
  3. Message: Send messages from the teachers’ device to one or all student devices selected.
  4. Help Requests: Students can discreetly alert the teacher when they require assistance.
  5. Student Screen monitoring: View all student screens from the teacher’s PC. Double-click to take control
  6. Q&A: The Question and Answer mode enables the teachers to conduct both individual student and peer assessment scores.
  7. Web Launch: remotely launch a selected website on student devices.
  8. File Transfer: Teacher can quickly transfer file to one or multiple students

This collaborative solution can keep classes synchronized when it comes to the educational progress. HP’s Classroom Manager is a tool for teachers. While the current pain point is that centralizing the productivity has its challenges with every student and teacher in a different location, HP’s Classroom Manager can fine tune how the teachers and students get their point across and make for an improved remote learning experience. Social distancing does not have to mean a reduced quality of education.

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IT Tools For Business Continuity During COVID19

The Coronavirus is spreading quickly around the globe including North America. As this outbreak takes place, it is crucial for businesses and organizations to prepare for business continuity. Business continuity in times of emergency involves remote-enabled employment for the staff. Here are some recommendations for IT Products that can help companies and organizations become remote-enabled in times of crisis.

Citrix Gateway

Citrix Gateway is a customer-managed solution that can be deployed on premises or on any cloud. Citrix Gateway provides users with secure access and single sign-on to all the virtual, SaaS and web applications they need to be productive. The foundations of business continuity in times of trouble is remote connectivity. The end-users will have to connect from home and Citrix Gateway gives you access to all your apps and networks.

Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex is a meeting solutions tool that can make meetings between staff easier. Cisco webex has video conferencing, screen sharing, and file sharing. Users can meet with contacts outside of their company and from their same team. With Cisco Webex, users can better synchronize on their work and transparency increases between teammates.

Headsets

Collaboration tools are vital during remote access since teammates need to communicate with one another. One tool are headsets for better hearing and voice communications. As teammates facilitate meetings on tools like Cisco Webex they will need proper tools to enhance their voices and cancel the outside noises.

HP ProBook 455R

Laptops are an important asset during remote enablement. The HP ProBook 455R G6 15.6" Notebook is a full featured, thin and light, the HP ProBook 455R lets professionals stay productive in the office and on the go. Stylish design plus optional quad-core performance and long battery life make this HP ProBook essential for today's workforce.

 

Ideal for professionals in corporate settings or small to medium businesses, wanting an affordable combination of innovation, essential security and multimedia capabilities.

HP Officejet 3830 Inkjet Multifunction Printer

Oftentimes there can be teammates that are working remotely and can need print capabilities. The user may not have their own print capabilities so it can be necessary for the employer to assist with that. That is where HP Officejet 3830 Inkjet Multifunction Printer comes in. HP Officerjet 3830 can connect to the smartphone or tablet of users. Tasks can be simplified and up to 50% of of ink can be saved with this affordable, easy to use all in one with fax. It fits in nearly any space and works quietly in the background. The OfficeJet 3830 has affordable at home printing with HP Instant Ink.

Office 365

Office 365 has most major productive capabilities for the office. In addition to your email via Outlook or basic document creation on Word and Excel, Office 365 also has storage via OneDrive and there is a meeting software with Microsoft Teams.

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki is IT Network Management in the cloud. Through Cisco Meraki, IT Managers can closely monitor endpoint devices and their activity within the network. If a device is problematic or suspicious, the IT Manager can closely monitor the situation and isolate the endpoint device.

Symantec Endpoint Device Security

Symantec Endpoint Security delivers the most complete, integrated endpoint security platform. As the on-premises, hybrid, or cloud based solution, the single-agent Symantec platform protects all your traditional and mobile endpoint devices, and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize security decisions. A unified cloud-based management system simplifies protecting, detecting and responding to all the advanced threats targeting your endpoints.

Data Backup

While it can be challenging to plan for business continuity, it's also absolutely criticla. HPE Small business solutions for Hybrid File and Backup are ready-to-go solutions that enable you to adopt a simple yet robust business continuity plan.

You can keep the business running with a robust business continuity plan that protects business files and data with on-site and cloud backups. You can improve productivity by easily sharing and organizing files - with no need to worry about data loss.

Compulink has a free IT Procurement resource where businesses, public institutions, and nonprofit organizations can visit to do free research on the necessary IT products for your business needs. 

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The Benefits of Display Boards Across Sectors

A display board can add great benefit to the business/enterprise context. When meetings are held, display boards can be used to visually depict what is being discussed and consolidate different ideas/plans etc into one board. Oftentimes display boards can be used for videoconferencing meetings with large groups in a conference room. There is a general misconception that display boards are just good for presenting new material and are “glorified televisions.” Here are display boards we recommend!

Apple TV

The Apple TV can have surprising benefits to the business environment. While some non-business related benefits include streaming movies, TV shows, and Netflix content; Apple TV can also allow you to display your iPad 2,3 and iPhone 4s to the screen on HDTV or projector via Airplay Mirroring. In a conference setting, Apple Airplay enables users to connect content on these devices without requiring a connector cable. Users can easily disconnect their device and allow a colleague to use their Airplay to connect to the TV from anywhere in the room and perform their presentation.

Interactive SMART Board

The SMART Board has its own set of unique benefits. The SMART Board nowadays comes with an operating system (IQ) that makes it possible to use without a computer plugged to it. Additionally, you can connect your computer to the SMARTBoard and interact with your teammates from the SMART Board.

The SMART Board has some key functions similar to a computer. For example, you can save files and surf the internet from SMARTBoard without a computer connected to it. The SMARTBoard enables users to use the whiteboard to draw diagram and take notes from the board screen. You can save your notes on your smart board to access it anytime.

The SMART Board integrates with a whiteboard app on your mobile device. You can use this app on the mobile device to write on the white board in real time.

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