One of the main axes in the today’s educational environment is the successful use of newer technologies, for which it is necessary not only to guarantee its implementation, but also to identify previously introduced developments that allow facing the particular academic challenges.
In order to provide concrete solutions to the current and future challenges that arise in today’s educational institutes we have gathered five of the most advanced and innovative technologies that could be implemented:
- Distance learning with face-to-face feeling
The demand for quality driven and accredited online courses that features face-to-face web interaction is increasing every year. Most of the market research reports have estimated that the global online education market, which is entirely virtual, will increase at an annual growth rate of 24% between 2017 and 2023. If this forecast is confirmed, we are talking about almost 423 billion dollars in movement for 2023.
The generation of quality content for these platforms is fundamental. The videos need to have superior audio, high resolution and broadcast quality for a clear, fluid and effective deliverance in a completely virtual environment. Sometimes, the video needs to be recorded in a high end studio or in a different environment, so the camera must be portable to place it on any table. And the generated videos need to be uploaded to the platform in a simple way, in the appropriate format. With the increase of online teaching, more and more cameras like the AXIS V59 will be used to create these digital libraries.
- Control of restricted areas
With millions of people circulating daily, it seems impossible to monitor the flow of people in all the buildings of an educational institution. But a greater control of certain spaces is very valid: some of the most expensive equipment are inside laboratories. Parking is often used exclusively for employees. Libraries open to external visitors, and others only for students. Administrative areas should not receive teachers. The teachers’ room should not receive students.
There are video intercoms the size of an iPhone that can be placed at the entrance of each of these places, next to or above the handle. Just press the button so that the head of the control center opens the door. For rooms with more intense circulation, the AXIS A8105-E video door phone can perform the facial recognition of the visitors and open automatically, without anyone activating it. In this case, you can even program that only students of a certain class, in the current semester, access the laboratory. In the following semester, the list is updated and new students have the access.
- Call by facial recognition
The old review of the list of students to know who is present in the classroom remained in the past. But there are reasons (academic, administrative and security) to register who actually attended the classroom. The technological answer for this is facial recognition to control the presence of the student.
With a properly placed camera, it is possible to register in the system who was in the room during the entire semester. But we know that some institutions prefer not to record what happens in the classroom. In this case, the camera can be used to generate graphics instead of images, listing on a screen the present and absent students and showing the level of absenteeism, but without displaying or storing the images of the room. This allows even to measure things in a more dynamic way.
- Perimeter security
Perhaps the most determining aspect in the choice of the institutes’ management is the safety of their students. It is not enough that the institution seems safe. Security measures must create a long-term reputation, based on risk prevention and responsibility for threats.
One of the latest technologies for perimeter security is the use of smart cameras installed in the wall that detect the invasion immediately, even at night. In case of invasion, the Axis Perimeter Defender camera will connect the lights, operate the AXIS C3003-E speaker and direct the PTZ camera to the alert area. Real-time video images are sent to security personnel in service and cameras can be used to track the attacker live. This reinforces the duty that, within the walls of the school, everyone is protected.
- Anti-bullying notices
Imagine a sound system that allows you to talk with students in the indoor and outdoor areas, remotely, even if you are talking on a mobile phone. The messages may be for operational reasons, such as a notice about changing the schedules, or also of an educational nature, to sensitize students who are bullying.
The 2016 data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, in the United States, shows that more than one in five students report having suffered bullying. Another study, from 2010, shows that only 36% of children who were victims of this abuse came to report it. It is the responsibility of educational institutions to ensure the welfare of their students and create plural and non-oppressive environments, both for the psychological and academic consequences.
There are studies that indicate a relationship between victims of bullying and a deterioration in academic performance. On the other hand, the feeling of security positively influences the student’s performance.
Lara Hawkins one of today’s top most industry analysts, writer, blogger and counselor working since a number of years in the field of academic and career counseling. She began her career by working at a university assignment help UK based company and now maintains a global recognition in her chosen field.