Technology in education is evolving more quickly than our children are growing. How is a school district to keep up with these changes with limited staff and budgets? We visited with Patrick Loughlin, director of state and local government and education for NetApp, who shared his thoughts on K12 education technology and how goal setting can help set the stage for an IT environment that can keep up with changes.
According to Loughlin, school districts should be prepared – and willing – to embrace mobility technologies, including applications designed to educate students, connect and train faculty, and communicate with parents. Schools should look at their IT approach to mobility from both a device and learning perspective and should ask whether their IT infrastructure is agile enough to leverage BYOD opportunities and to maximize mobile technology.
Loughlin suggests that school districts must take a multi-dimensional approach – recognizing the needs of multiple stakeholders and the opportunities of multiple types of educational technology for those audiences – when building out strategic plans and putting IT priorities in place.
There are three key areas in which K12 IT departments and school district administration should be sure to focus on:
- creating a stable, easy to manage network infrastructure so that IT can be innovative and agile in today’s ever-changing educational tech environment.
- setting goals and priorities around data management and the evolution of applications that will allow for scale, growth and easy implementation of new applications going forward.
- ensuring that both students and teachers are equipped to take advantage of today’s – and tomorrow’s – instructional technology innovations.
Listen to the tips and suggestions that Loughlin has for K12 school districts here or via the player below: