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SME LEADERS ADVOCATE LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR TEACHERS BY BRINGING WORKPLACE TECH STANDARDS TO THE CLASSROOM
White paper includes recommendations for managing students’ Internet behavior
in 1:1 and BYOD environments
PHILADELPHIA, June 29, 2015—Bringing workplace standards to the classroom by placing accountability, flexibility and safety at the core of technology policy is critical for empowering teachers, protecting students and maximizing EdTech investments, according to a white paper released today during ISTE 2015.
“Societal expectations now hold educators to performance standards adopted from the private sector. Out of fairness and common sense, schools need access to IT support, infrastructure and tools comparable to those found in businesses and government offices,” said co-author George Dotterer, CEO and co-founder of Verite Educational Systems Inc., a spin-out of Verite Group Inc., which for over a decade has provided Subject Matter Expert (SME) services and tailored technology solutions to large corporations and government clients.
Drawing from their experience designing solutions for the workplace, Dotterer and his team recommend fluid, workable policies that can protect against increasingly sophisticated security threats, adapt to technological advances, and accommodate the increasing digital fluency of the next generation. Their advice for EdTech decision-makers includes four main directives:
- Know the pros and cons of the variety of technological approaches from 1:1 to BYOD, including hidden costs and the optimal policies to support them.
- Tether tech from school to home.
- Round out tech decision-makers with teachers and parents.
- Make accountability, flexibility and safety central to tech policy.
“The ratio of technology support and investment to number of users found in the private and public sectors exponentially outpaces that found in schools,” added Dotterer. “Moving to BYOD has stretched resources even further, forcing teachers to become IT professionals in the classroom by default.”
Advancing EdTech at the Intersection of Policy and Technology; Bringing Workplace Standards to the Classroom is the first in a series of white papers exploring the impact of and challenges surrounding technology in schools. Co-authors include Andrew Hedges, Verite’s program manager, and Harrison Parker, director of K-12 Education.
“Unlike schools, businesses have the luxury of deciding exactly what they need. Their technology investment will grow and be fed by the generation of revenue,” explained Dotterer. “Providing schools with the tools and support even approaching those used by the private and public sectors should become a societal imperative.”
Dotterer and his team designed NetRef, the first-ever Internet management tool that safeguards all web access points across a school’s networks and on all imported devices, helping teachers maximize the web as an educational and collaborative learning tool. With seamless and simple integration, NetRef offers umbrella protection across all systems, hardware and devices—from 1:1 to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments, minimizing distractions and helping keep students on-task.
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NetRef and Verite Educational Systems
Easy to use and integrate, NetRef is a new Internet management tool that helps teachers and students get down to the job of learning by managing access to the Internet on any device. With NetRef, schools maximize their tech investment and teachers get their classrooms back. Get schooled in NetRef at www.net-ref.com, on LinkedIn and Twitter @NetReferee