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Last August we helped a local infant school take the plunge with a complete Apple network and a Google Apps Cloud solution. Cablers were very proud to have provisioned one of the first site wide Apple networks in an infant school in Essex.

With the need for a refresh of their IT network and infrastructure they school decided it was time to move away from a traditional static windows learning platform.

The schools vision was to decommission all of their interactive boards, projectors and their entire windows network over the summer and move to Apple and Cloud based services.

The solution Cablers put forward to the school incorporated an Apple Mac Server, staff MacBooks, 50 iPads and apple TV’s linked to 50″ Panasonic LED displays. A new Ruckus wireless system installed by Cablers only last year ensured the network would cope with the extra demands of a totally mobile network.

All of the staff have fully embraced the new way of teaching despite the huge changes to the way they work. It has been a pleasure to provision and watch the excitement as they received their demonstration from their team leader, demonstrating the iPads connected to the LED displays. During the demo there were 57 Apple devices connected to the wireless network within the classroom. The Ruckus managed wireless system load balanced these devices between 2 access points providing the users with a full speed connection to the network.

We have now completed the installation, providing the school with a fully managed Apple network, file sharing, storage and full integration with Google Apps for Education.

Almost twelve months on and i can report that the school are still loving and embracing their complete transition to an Apple network and we have been told that the  benefits are being felt throughout the school and across the curriculum every day of the week.

We are able to provide Apple and Cloud based solutions in all areas of Education. Whether you are looking for a complete transition or partial integration of new technology with your existing School network Cablers have a solution for you.

Why all primary schools should have a wireless network.

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“Wireless networking works well in all schools and can help deliver major educational benefits.” Now that may be a sweeping statement but i believe it is a powerful truth.
A carefully planned wireless network will allow more children to benefit from ICT learning. It also gives teachers the freedom to incorporate ICT into more subjects and the flexibility to use more areas of the school for a wider range of purposes. Which is no bad thing considering the pressure many primary schools are under as they are squeezed for space with another baby boom generation filtering into the education system.
With classroom space in short supply and pupil numbers increasing it is now being recognized that reliable wireless solutions are giving schools the power to start utilising those nooks, crannies and corridors which were previously dead space. Dedicated ICT suites filled with bulky PC’s and monitors are being converted back into classrooms. Schools now have the opportunity to replace outdated equipment with tablets and laptops which can be strategically deployed on trolleys where they are needed most, creating one to one learning opportunities that traditional methods of placing hardwired computers throughout a school do not provide.
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As a flexible resource mobile devices give better value for money than desktop computers. Schools using wireless networks report that when combined with their mobile devices which allow easy access to classes across the school, both the amount and the quality of ICT use surge ahead dramatically. These shared resources are giving more children better access to school networks and the internet on a daily basis.
Wireless networks are also making it possible for teachers to blend other technology within the classroom seamlessly into lessons too. For instance your interactive white board & projector, large format touch screen and audio equipment can often be connected to your favorite mobile devices and to the schools network wirelessly. And let’s not forget your mobile devices can also connect to each other as well.
This of course leaves the door wide open for you to explore new ways to engage with students and colleagues across multiple devices and platforms.
Current wireless technology coupled with up to date mobile devices in schools are giving 21st Century teachers and students a fantastic chance to explore new ways to present, share and collaborate with each other.

Why not give us a call if you would like to know more about the benefits of a managed wireless solution on  01787 221166 or contact us through facebook or Twitter.


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