Focus on Education Part 1: Planning and Infrastructure

When it comes to education, there’s no shortage of opinions, theories or ideas. The good news is that even as differences exist, the ultimate goal is a common one: enable better outcomes for learners. If you’ve chosen education as your technology specialization, then you probably share this goal.

Teachers, administrators and parents agree that technology and connectivity are integral components of next-generation education. Great strides have been made in making technology and access available to more students and educators with initiatives like ConnectED. But there is a lot more work to be done and many questions to be answered as districts plan for the future in a mobile-first, cloud-based landscape. Herein lies an opportunity for IT professionals who specialize in education to make an impact, while building robust and sustainable practices. It starts with planning and infrastructure.

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Credit: Office of Educational Technology

The National Education Technology Plan is articulated for 2016 in Future Ready Learning: Reimaging the Role of Technology in Education. In it, the Office of Educational Technology describes the flexible infrastructure that will be needed to support new types of engagement and universal access to technology including:

  • Ubiquitous, high-speed Internet access both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Access to powerful mobile devices
  • High-quality digital content and tools
  • Safeguards and guidelines around responsible use

For Intel® Technology Providers with education practices, this creates a wealth of opportunities around the sale, deployment and management of devices, network connectivity, device and data security, software and apps. And, in parallel, there’s a myriad of accessories and add-ons needed, as well as requirements for ongoing managed services.

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Intel® Education helps you build comprehensive classroom solutions that bring learning to life. Make sure you know the right questions to ask to identify the right devices for your customers. Use Intel® Technology Provider marketing and sales tools, training courses, product comparisons and promotions to succeed in selling to your customers.

You can further enhance your expertise and earning potential with Intel’s Market Smart Training Courses for Education. The courses cover subjects including mobile devices and Windows 10, plus, you’ll find strategic topics including how to turn funding concerns into winning conversations; insight into the positives and perils of BYOD, and even resources to help define and build a digital curriculum.