3 educational technology tools we’re grateful for
23rd November 2017
The three Ts: Thanksgiving, turkey and tech. It’s a given we’re all thankful for the first two – spending time with family and friends and devouring a giant turkey. Now is also the time to reflect on what educational technology tools are U.S. school districts are thankful for this year.
the rise of Chromebooks
With 1:1 initiatives increasingly being either considered or implemented across the U.S., school districts need an affordable and easy-to-use device for their students: enter Chromebooks. Google is a familiar platform for most students, so it comes as no surprise that the Chromebook, which uses the Google Chrome browser, is the number one device of choice, used in over 58% of U.S. K-12 schools.
These devices and the included applications like Google Docs, support collaborative learning. Using Chromebooks for interactive lessons and group work helps encourage problem-solving and teamwork in the classroom – skills students will be grateful to have in the future.
U.S. schools, particularly those in rural areas, have struggled to provide broadband that is fast enough to allow for the benefits of devices like Chromebooks. However, investments of over $1.5 trillion in American Internet infrastructure have helped to improve broadband speed by 660 times since 2002. These efforts now provide 39.2 million students, 2.6 million teachers, and 73.9 thousand schools with the minimum connectivity goal to give students equal access to digital learning opportunities – a figure schools can definitely be thankful for!
As the U.S. Government puts stricter laws, bills and policies in place around anti-bullying, with references made to cyberbullying, school districts are implementing monitoring software solutions to help them detect potential bullying concerns. As students become more tech-savvy and spend more time online, the potential for cyberbullying increases. Having a monitoring system in place for the devices students are using in school, helps teachers keep students focused, detects potential instances of cyberbullying and helps keeps students safe online – something the whole school can be thankful for!
recent developments of Impero Education Pro
In direct response to these 3 educational technology tools, we’ve developed Impero Education Pro, our consolidated solution for classroom management, network management and online safety.
- Impero Education Pro helps manage and control your Chromebooks in the classroom, view a full feature list here.
- Impero Education Pro helps support your internet safety policies in many ways, opening up opportunities to funding such as e-rate. Learn more about this here.
- Included as part of the online safety features in Impero Education Pro, school districts are provided with live thumbnail views of student activity and keyword detection to keep your students safe online. View full features here.
Used in over 500 US school districts, it’s a solution you’ll definitely be grateful for come Thanksgiving 2018. To learn more about Impero Education Pro alongside our other educational technology tools and book a demonstration today.