In comparison to ISTE 2014, this years show saw almost every Wi-Fi Networking vendor showcasing new 802.11ac access points, along with Wi-Fi controllers and switches. 802.11ac has now become the de facto standard and e-rate is driving adoption but adoption is expected to quicken in the next 12-18 months as funding is approved.
Connectivity and infrastructure continues to be a key area of the education sector and most Wi-Fi and networking vendors were exhibiting. 802.11ac Access Points (APs) were being shown by most vendors as well as Wi-Fi switches and controllers.
The management of mobile devices is still an issue for the education market, especially with the proliferation of personal computing devices within the school. Several companies were showing MDM platforms such as Cisco Meraki and AirWatch, the latter displaying its MDM platform as well as teacher tools platform. Impero were also demonstrating its MDM platform as well as the recent announcement it made around the expansion of its iPad management capabilities prior to the show.
3D printing was also a key theme of the show with a number of companies showing how the technology can be utilised in education. Some of the key companies showing this technology were Leapfrog 3D and Ricoh who announced a partnership to supply the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer to customers at BETT, as well as Vector 3
Classroom collaboration solutions are plentiful with many providers offering display/tablet interaction, quizzes, rollcall solutions and classroom management. This market sector is cluttered with a range of suppliers offering overlapping solutions (Interactive Display vendors, Classroom Management vendors, dedicated app/web based software providers).
Today’s K-12 students tap into a wide range of mobile devices to enhance learning—both in and out of school. Principals, parents and teachers support this mobile learning trend by recognizing the benefits of increased access allowing students to learn anytime, anywhere. See how mobile devices enable new and customized learning that is untethered and digitally-rich.
One to one initiatives are developing at a rapid rate within education across the globe as governments and schools realise the potential for technology in developing 21st century teaching styles. The education sector clearly provides a vast target market for vendors and component suppliers alike, with over 1.45 billion enrolled students and teachers across the world. Declining prices, increased product customisation, digitisation of education content and a growing trend toward government investment in ICT in education are all combining to develop significant market demand. This report covers:
•Market Sizing – To quantify and track quarterly, global sales volumes and installed base of notebooks, netbooks and tablets in K12 education
•Market Forecasting – To develop five year sales forecasts, reviewing key feature set developments.
•Investment Status – To identify shifts in education spending and government plans
•Product, Technology, & Competitive Review – To identify and interpret key market developments and trends.
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The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe.
A collaboration between the New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative. 3/18/2008
This report summarizes the results of a yearlong effort to integrate laptop computers among all the students and teachers in grade three of the Eastern Townships School Board.