Realise your school’s potential with the cloud
Simplify your journey to the cloud with ABtec. Breaking it down into manageable, meaningful steps.
What is the Cloud?
Simply put, the cloud refers to anything managed and hosted online as opposed to hosting on local servers and computers within your school.
There are many stages in moving to the cloud and it is best be viewed as a journey, where each step will help improve your school in one way or another. It’s important to ensure you have a digital strategy in place for your school or academy to get the most out of the ever-improving and changing technology that becomes available.
Removing physical servers within your school and moving the software you use into the cloud can bring many benefits and cost savings – one main advantage is being an increased ease of access to your resources from anywhere at anytime, which can be key to improving distance teaching and learning.
How can ABtec Help?
ABtec has helped schools, academies and Trusts of all sizes move to the cloud, starting with advice to assist planning, all the way to delivering full migrations as part of a strategic cloud strategy.
ABtec can provide a robust connectivity solution to a cloud focused school through our industry leading Connectivity Services, with a range of recommended Cloud devices, supplemented by the full management of both those devices and your network itself. In addition, ABtec can perform all data migration and management services.
All of this can be wrapped up by our IT Support Services, providing advice, management and flexible support to schools and academies around the North West.
How do schools benefit from the Cloud?
There are a number of benefits of embracing cloud technologies , which will differ and be personal to your requirements as individuals and schools. Common benefits are:
The collaborative elements of cloud computing are amazing. Cloud apps allow greater collaboration between teachers, students and academies within Trusts, giving the ability to access work and resources wherever and whenever it’s needed. Further to this, the tools available can increase classroom efficiency, for example, if teachers or students are ill, classes can be recorded to ensure no one falls behind.
In addition to this, teachers can see students’ online work and Notebooks through Microsoft 365 or G Suite for Education, and so help teach one to one, without having to alert the whole class to a struggling student.
Due to the regular updates on cloud platforms, the device and infrastructure security is always being worked on and can be updated at times convenient to you to avoid any downtime during class times. This means that as soon as any potential security flaw is identified, the cloud platform provider can fix and patch it before this flaw is exploited.
Ease of learning
There are an ever-increasing number of apps for browsers and websites that allow students to learn more easily. For example, Microsoft Learning Tools allow students to change fonts and background colours, to have the document read aloud to them, or have the text broken down into syllables; particularly useful for SEND students and younger children who may struggle to read.
Cloud solutions require less management and can be managed from anywhere. Cloud management tools can help save time in provisioning new devices and can lower support and maintenance costs with less to go wrong. Whether you use Intune for Education or the Google Admin Console, because of this ABtec can spend more time with you on driving better use of technology in your school, rather than managing devices, which has a real and positive impact on teaching and learning.
Training students for their futures
The cloud is becoming more and more popular and there’s no getting away from it, and the students of today will be using cloud computing in some capacity in whatever they decide to do next, from college to retail work, medicine to office jobs, labour work or university. Whether you’re a nursery, primary or secondary school, college or university, your students will need to be confident using cloud tools in the same way previous generations just needed to be able to use computers.
There are many ways for schools to save money with cloud computing. The most obvious is through reducing physical hardware, whether that’s desktops, shared laptops or servers. The costs to both purchase and maintain these computers can be significantly lower! There are also cost savings through the better management of devices and sharing of resources across multiple schools within the same academy. In addition, you can potentially benefit from lower costs of supply teachers with the ability to record lessons for the students when teachers are ill.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Can i trust my data in the cloud?
Whilst it’s true that internet access can be a single point of failure, your data will not be lost and one of the big benefits of the cloud is the ability to access your data from anywhere, whether that’s in school, at home, in a coffee shop or tethering off your phone. Before we recommend anyone looks at the cloud, it’s critical that your internet connectivity can be relied on.
What about SIMS.. Can i go serverless?
The answers is yes by using a cloud based version of your MIS, or we can work with you to build you a SIMS server in the cloud giving you the beneift of the full SIMS suite but with the same great benefits of cloud computing.
Where do I start?
A Cloud Readiness Audit with our team is a great place to start to help understand where you’re currently at, where you would like to get to and what we need to help you get there.
ABtec can help devlop a digital strategy with you to bring about sensible and manageable next steps