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Navigating Common IT Challenges in Schools: A Comprehensive Guide 

Common IT Challenges for Schools

Overcoming common IT Challenges in Schools

As technology continues to reshape education as we know it, schools grapple with countless emerging IT challenges. In this blog post, we delve into five common, but critical hurdles faced by schools nationwide and offer practical strategies to overcome them.

Unreliable network connectivity hinders seamless tech integration.

Slow and Unreliable Network Connectivity

Inadequate network infrastructure in schools significantly impact the educational experience for both students and teachers. Unstable network connections disrupt productivity for educators and limit opportunities for collaborative learning. Often resulting in frustration and disengagement for educators and students alike.

To mitigate these challenges, schools should invest in robust network infrastructure, upgrade bandwidth and ensure proper maintenance by an experienced IT provider.

Ensuring seamless integration, security and support for 1:1 schools

Navigating BYOD and 1:1 Rollouts

Planning and implementation of a 1:1 device initiative is challenging for even the most experienced IT coordinators. If your school is only in the early stages of going 1:1, we would strongly advocate for one device to be chosen by the school in tandem with their IT support. Bring Your Own Device schemes (BYOD) can be highly problematic in areas like security, behavior management and device benchmarking.

Rolling out a 1:1 initiative successfully involves strategic planning and careful execution. We encourage schools to involve their IT support from the offset. An expert IT support provider will set clear goals, select a device akin to your school’s individual needs and implement an efficient device management system.

Schools store a lot of sensitive information

Lock Down Data Security Risks and Vulnerabilities

Schools are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals seeking to exploit weaknesses. This is because schools store a lot of sensitive information such as student records, employee data, and institutional information. Vulnerabilities in data storage or weak access controls can lead to unauthorized access or data breaches. Cyber-attacks can take form in ransomware attacks, phishing emails and malware.

To protect against cyber-attacks, schools should work with their IT support to implement strong security measures such as using secure passwords, conducting regular security audits and arranging cybersecurity training for staff.

Evaluating quality and durable school devices

Outdated and Underpowered School Devices

Do you want to spend less time troubleshooting and more time teaching? Outdated and underpowered devices struggle to run modern educational software, causing teachers to avoid using otherwise useful education tools and resources. Frequent issues such as low RAM restrict the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and become obsolete faster therefore straining school budgets. Another issue to watch out for is devices with low CPU benchmarks, as they result in sluggish performance leading to the slow execution of tasks and prolonged loading times for educational software. It is important to note that some educational software such Dragon Naturally speaking require a minimum CPU performance level.

The cheapest price now could prove to extremely costly in the long run. For multi-user devices, we encourage schools to look at re-enforced devices with at least 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a benchmark that surpasses 9000. While these devices may look more expensive, their longer lifespan, durable nature and faster performance will have a positive effect on both your school’s community and budget.

Insufficient IT support hinders effective teaching and learning.

Lack of IT Support for Educators

Common attributes of sub-par IT support include slow response times, poorly managed systems and inadequate school devices. When school leaders receive poor IT support, it becomes increasingly difficult to make informed decisions about technological investments. Competent IT support is essential for empowering educators and enhancing student success. Selecting inexperienced IT support will eat up the school budget, jeopardies staff morale and disengage learners.

Quality IT support empowers school leaders and IT coordinators to drive innovation, make informed decisions and create a conducive environment for effective technology-enhanced learning.

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Our Final Thoughts

By addressing these challenges head-on with a trustworthy IT provider by your side, schools can create a more equitable, efficient, and innovative learning dynamic for their entire school community.

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