The district of Harz as a school authority recognized early, that a school has different needs to the public administration. Therefore the school IT is separated from the IT structure of the administrative district. Their structures enable them to remain flexible and to respond to the individual needs of the schools. A special school needs other applications and end devices than a grammar school. Nevertheless, both systems must be manageable and functional.
The city of Paderborn, Germany is special. Not only because of its beautiful Romanesque Cathedral, but because of its school system. Why? Nearly 20 years ago, local political decision-makers decided to take an important step towards digital collaboration. In 2000, they started “Lernstatt Paderborn”, a pioneer project that digitally links all schools in Paderborn, from elementary to high-school level.
Schools now run on technology. For some this is unwelcome and disturbing, for others it’s inevitable and an enabling force. But all agree that technology has become central to the learning process, largely replacing pen and paper for students, teachers and administrators. So are you able to relax knowing that all your school’s crucial data is safely backed up offsite? Certainly some of your data is now “in the cloud”, but for many schools some critical data remains …
iPads in schools The digitisation in schools that are equipped with UCS@school continues to progress rapidly. Many school authorities and federal states are providing schools with mobile terminals for use in the classroom. Apple’s iPads in particular are in demand. The devices are robust, easy to use and affordable. They are also equipped with a large number of special apps for digital education.
Dr Robyn Torok is an expert in on-line radicalisation at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Recently she presented a research paper showing how social media such as Facebook is being used to radicalise teens.