The Classroom is Changing
MSP technology is quickly coming to define larger and larger portions of daily life. From smartphones to smartwatches, smartcars, and IoT devices that can turn your home into a computer-controlled convenience center, today’s technology is expanding rapidly. This technological revolution has even spread to elementary school classrooms.
At the kindergarten level, digital smartboards make learning interactive for whole groups of children. The teacher can help them learn numbers, letters, and the days of the year in an entertaining, engaging way. Children even learn to use that technology. With a smartboard, there are often a number of digital “markers” which can “draw” on the board. Math problems can be worked, pictures can be made, files can be opened and closed, and a great deal of collateral learning opportunities becomes available.
Tablets and Laptops
As children get older, they become introduced to tablets which can be used to cut down on consumable waste, increase digital literacy, and store schoolwork. Grading can be done more easily while children more quickly become aware of how technology works, and how to make the best use of it.
In many schools, small web-portal laptops become available to students as early as third grade. Typing courses are offered at this level as well, helping children increase digital literacy sooner. In a world where the digital nomad is beginning to characterize world travel, it makes sense to give your children understanding of the internet and related end-user technology as soon as possible. This is why many parents are choosing schools with technology options. Uninitiated schools will soon find themselves behind peers.
Oftentimes, when a class has laptops for every student, they must be maintained at the school. MSP technology solutions can be an integral part of making this a successful effort. A combination storage/charging rack which slides open usually stores the computers. This is called a “laptop cart”, which is a bit of technology that can be somewhat expensive. As an MSP, selling, installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining such a system of device storage for an elementary school classroom could be very lucrative. There are certainly additional technology needs which develop as a result, and which a school would appreciate an MSP’s assistance with. If you do a good enough job initially, it is very possible your MSP could score the entire district as a client.
The classroom can be a useful environment for children to encounter modern technology. In a sense, it has supervision. Schoolteachers act as information chaperones, and your IT organization can serve a given school by providing web security which restricts unproductive websites from distracting or otherwise disturbing children. Several very important advantages of tech in the classroom include:
- Digital Literacy
- Cyberbullying Prevention Through Education
- Decreased Waste In Educational Materials
- Educational Competitiveness
Students today have a need to be more educated when it comes to consumption of web content; especially since this increasingly characterizes daily life. It is integral to learn what sites are good, what sites are bad, what sites to avoid, and how to tell the difference between an online scam and something legitimate. This is especially true considering the rapid changes continuously defining modern technology
Students can be more closely monitored and chaperoned in the classroom. When cyberbullying is noted, it can be corrected by educators. This helps students refrain from such practices. It also helps them learn to handle— on an individual level— social media situations involving behavior of a malicious type.
This was touched on earlier: you are not going to need as much paper or other consumable educational materials with the right technology solution. This is a notable selling point for MSPs presenting themselves to schools.
Districts that do better academically are more likely to achieve grants and recognition. This prompts other schools to “clean up their act” and get aboard the technology train. It is an upward spiral for everybody, but the trailblazers get the most glory.
Expanding Educational Technology
MSP technology solutions can fundamentally optimize education. There is increasing need for MSP solutions in the classroom, and the company that capitalizes on this will likely see solid profit.