Information Technology in Schools

Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND)

Information and Communications Technology is a crucial part of the complex fabric of education. ICT has enabled timesaving measures and personalized learning, and is “increasingly recognized as a key source of innovation…, essential in the current information revolution that is transforming economic and social transactions in our societies.”  Teaching and learning processes must embrace innovations to improve learning. The educational landscape is already changing dramatically, thanks to innovations from smartphones to open-source instructional materials. Education networks tie all those changes together. 

From seemingly ancient dial-in modems to today’s always-on internet, technical innovations have been transformed. Advanced technology has fundamentally transformed our daily lives and expectations. Digitally-inclined parents, students, and employers are challenging educational leaders to deliver real and relevant learning.

Global technology trends continuing to impact education networks include:

1. Digitization – the mass adoption of connected digital services and the ever-increasing repository of digital content.

2. Consumerization of Information Technology – new information technology emerges first in the consumer market and then spreads into organizations.

3. Ubiquitous Access – Everyone. Everywhere. Connected.

These trends enable hybrid online learning models and empower collaboration, fundamentally changing the way our students learn. They also support the SEND design goal of anytime, anywhere learning. Keep an eye on trends including: network designs that support enterprise and cloud-based services; device-agnostic access solutions; and programs to ensure equitable access.  

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