How can technology benefit schools and education?

On Monday the autumn budget was announced with a promise that the decade long austerity measures placed on public spending was coming to an end.

The chancellor announced £400million bonus to schools across England to help them buy some little extras such as interactive screens and whiteboards. In real terms this equates to an extra £10,000 for each primary school and £50,000 for each senior school across England.

The curriculum is more widely placing a greater importance on technology in the classroom and on the curriculum, so it is not surprising that the Chancellor referenced interactive whiteboards in a subsequent interview.

It got us thinking, here at Leemic, about the benefits of an improved technology solution for schools. Have a read below about our top tips for selecting educational tech.

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboards have been a backbone of the modern classroom in varying forms for over fifteen years. The early versions of interactive whiteboards used a projector but as with any technology they have evolved at a rapid pace.

Here at Leemic we offer the latest in cutting edge interactive technology. The Sharp Big Pad is the most sophisticated screen in the market thanks to its exceptional quality and ease of use. The pen-on-paper experience allows users to interact naturally and intuitively making it perfect for a learning environment. And the 10 point capacitive touch mean that the screen can be operated by up to 4 people at any one time.

Sharp’s Display Connect software is pioneering, enabling pupils and teachers to wirelessly connect their devices (mobile, tablet or laptop) directly to the screen, allowing them to view anything that is displayed on the screen or contribute directly from their device.

Watch the video below to see how a Sharp Visual Solution has helped Woodchurch School:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDTFeQc2zWk&t=32s

Interactive Screens

Interactive screens in the classroom don’t end with the whiteboard at the front of the room, pupils are more and more likely to have access to an interactive laptop or tablet which can play an important part of the learning experience.

However there are also social development requirements on the syllabus in England and although there are wide ranging benefits from technology there is also a concern that independent screen time can be result in an anti social experience leading to isolationism.

At Leemic we have researched the market to blend screen interaction and social experiences and that is why we have launched the Sharp Big Pad Interactive Learning table.

This interactive screen is an interesting alterative to interactive whiteboards as it is a mobile solution (on lockable wheels) that comes with a battery back lasting for over 8 hours.

The Sharp Big Pad Interactive Learning Table comes complete with all of the features that you can expect from a BIGPAD but it provides users with a more enhanced collaborative experience thanks to its tilting feature. This versatile screen can be laid flat like a table or upright like a television screen which enables it to be used in a number of different environments in a school.

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Printing

Schools still have significant printing requirements with an ever-increasing demand placed on the solution provided. Invariably, as is the case across the corporate world, the education sector is seeking to move to more eco-friendly printing practicing including low energy machines, departmental print tracking, default mono printing, job release software etc.. At Leemic we call this strategic approach – Conscious Printing.

Our in house experts understand how important printing needs are to the inner functioning of a modern educational establishment and we also appreciate how costly printing solutions can be if the correct system isn’t deployed.

Leemic know that cost effective solutions are a must for schools and that is why we offer a range of finance options including Residual Value Lease contracts which can save schools up to 20% of the overall cost of the machine and service contract. We also monitor all devices remotely so we can track all the activity over the machine usage thus minimising any downtime that could potentially arise from breakdown issues or missfeeds, saving schools time and crucially money.

Leemic recently implemented a sophisticated print solution for local secondary school – Werneth High School. To get a further understanding about how we can optimise an effective and financial sound printing package please click here to read our case study.

So if you are looking for a company to help optimise your schools tech – give Leemic a ring for free, no obligation audit of your Schools technology.