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The Impact of WiFi on the Digital Learning Experience
Posted by Erika Hashemi on Jan 11, 2017
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A Mojo Customer Story: Knob Noster School District

Located in West Central Missouri, Knob Noster School District provides a distinctive mix between rural and urban settings. With 1,600 students and 225 faculty dispersed between four locations, Knob Noster maintains a commitment to high-quality education by identifying ways in which technology can be integrated into all functions for their students.

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Without Classroom WiFi, STE(A)M Doesn’t Exist
Posted by Rick Wilmer on Jun 27, 2016

Since the introduction of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) movements about 10 years ago, there has been a focus on making sure that our students in the United States receive a great education to stay competitive in a worldwide market.

For me, the STE(A)M movement has a deeply personal connection. My background is in engineering and technology, my degree from Cal Berkeley is in Chemistry, which lead me to a 25-plus year career in technology. My education and career path have been very “left brain” (i.e. logical, analytical) focused. What I discovered over the years is that my “right brain” (intuitive, thoughtful, creative) not only needs a release but that giving that part of my mind regular exercise makes me better at my job.

School WiFi Device Management
Posted by Sean Blanton on Mar 17, 2016

In the past, a school IT department kept the phone systems running and maintained some desktop computers. Those days are long gone. Today, IT people need to monitor and maintain not just more computers than ever before, but mobile computers: tablets and laptops and smartphones. Some are owned by the school, but teachers and students also bring their own. How can IT maintain, control, and keep track of them all?

It’s easier than you think: a Mojo network comes with an extensive suite of features, each designed and built to make your job (and your life) easier. You won’t need a separate, third-party application for mobile device management (MDM) to accomplish these core tasks.

Educators Need Enterprise-Grade WiFi Networks
Posted by Sean Blanton on Mar 8, 2016

Enterprise-grade isn’t just for the enterprise any more. Educators need fast, high-capacity, secure networks to handle lots of mobile devices and the classroom learning that depends on them. Old-fashioned networks with hardware controllers just aren’t enough. They are too expensive, too difficult to maintain, too hard too expand. That’s why more and more schools are turning to cloud managed, controller-less WiFi networks.

Don’t Sacrifice Safety or Simplicity for E-Rate School Wi-Fi
Posted by Sean Blanton on Oct 6, 2015

By now, kids in primary and secondary schools across North America are settling back into their routines. But school IT administrators and tech-savvy principals and teachers should already be thinking about how to prepare their schools for the following year with fast and secure Wi-Fi, protect students from Wi-Fi hacking, and take advantage of available E-Rate Wi-Fi funds for next year’s deployments.

Cloud Wi-Fi Brings Safety, Simplicity, and Savings to K-12 Schools
Posted by Sean Blanton on Sep 1, 2015

Remember the 3 R’s in K-12 education – “reading, writing, and arithmetic”? Well, at AirTight, we’re bringing the 3 S’s to K-12 education – safety, simplicity, and savings.

Visit AirTight at ISTE 2015 - Booth 3161
Posted by Sean Blanton on Jun 28, 2015

Elevate the classroom experience with AirTight Secure Cloud Wi-Fi

Why #EdTech Needs Wi-Fi, and How FCC Aims to Help
Posted by AirTightTeam on Jul 2, 2014

ISTE 2014, the largest US education technology conference, closed July 1 - good-bye, Atlanta! The time frame coincided with new developments around FCC's proposal to close the E-rate's "Wi-Fi gap"; we cover these below.

As always happen with these large events, not everyone can go. But educators are a creative bunch. Rather than feeling left behind, they organized a parallel #NotAtISTE14 conference - complete with presentations, virtual badges and ribbons, Google+ community and hangouts, Twitter chats, karaoke (!), challenges and prizes. (Links and resources pertaining to a #NotAt... conference are at the end of the post).

We reached out to the community with a contest asking why they needed Wi-Fi for education technology initiatives.

A summary of the tweets are below, with responses ranging from robotics and iPad carts, to working with special ed kids and spurring creativity in students.

Social Wi-Fi Finds Home in Education (+Video)
Posted by Zara on May 28, 2014

UK high school uses social networking technology to enhance student experience.

Harwich and Dovercourt High School uses social Wi-Fi to engage students

Headmasters in the UK see social Wi-Fi as an invaluable way of promoting their schools as tech savvy. Competition is fierce, especially among private schools, and social Wi-Fi is an innovative means of recruiting students and connecting with them. What better way to reach students regarding events, news and key issues than by communicating on their preferred social platforms.

“Children often find school boring, so if we as an institution are able to communicate with them on a level that they find interesting and engaging, then we are not going miss out on this opportunity. On the other hand, the need for security within education is paramount and is often a deciding factor for parents when looking for a school. AirTight social Wi-Fi supports our mission to be social, while protecting the network and securing users’ communications.”

Richard Blott, IT manager for Harwich and Dovercourt High School

Education Technology: Wireless as a Service, 802.11ac and Social Wi-Fi
Posted by Zara on Mar 14, 2014

Read about trends in education technology: Wi-Fi as a subscription service, outlook for 802.11ac adoption in schools and integration of social media into wireless networking.

BETT 2014, UK's learning technology show, has been and gone, but it certainly won’t be forgotten! For those in the educational technology sector, be it primary school teachers all the way to network managers of colleges and large secondary schools, this was THE event and is memorable for new technology and aching feet from over 4 days of the conference.

Wireless as as Service for Education

So what was all the fuss about and why was #BETT2014 trending on the social feeds? There were a few noticeable trends this year noted by attendees and exhibitors alike. Firstly came “XXX as a service”! As educational funding changes, so does the need to adapt and service the new legislation whilst still enabling the educational IT needs in what is a constantly evolving technology landscape.

Cloud Wi-Fi as a service