Implementing new systems for the future
But as vast as an educational institute can be, it’s unlikely that they will have the infrastructure or full IT team in place to support this amount of change in such a short space of time. To achieve this, educational organisations need to ensure they are working with the right managed IT suppliers to guarantee a validating strategy. Not only supplying the software or equipment needed, but also supporting post roll-out to ensure a smooth transition process and that users are fully trained.
Furthermore, establishments need to be partnered with suppliers who will enable and manage this process long-term, ensuring that the infrastructure capability is there when the latest new technology is ready to be implemented, advising on upgrades down the line to future-proof the investment.
Hinds concluded that home grown start-ups were in much the same position as the industry heavyweights, such as Apple and Google. Acknowledging that they might actually have something more important to bring to the EdTech table, perhaps a deeper understanding of the problems faced by educational facilities.
So, it seems, it may be the Silicon Valley giants that will be the main providers of the exciting VR and AI tech that will peak the interest of students, but in terms of setting up the background mechanics to tackle the more pressing issues first, it’s down to the industry experts who are close to the institutions and understand their practices to make these ideas come into fruition.