Until recently, the way students are taught in the classroom didn’t look all that different from how they were taught a couple of centuries ago. But in just the past few years, a revolution has occurred in school systems around the world that is fundamentally changing how information is consumed and delivered.
The primary driver of this classroom revolution is the widespread adoption of business and consumer mobility tools and devices. They have allowed school systems, particularly those with less funding, to expand the reach of their resources by removing the traditional space and time boundaries of the classroom. Mobility tools and devices allow students to access the school’s resources from anywhere, anytime, on any device. This new capability alone is truly transforming education, and this may only be the beginning.
Bringing the World to the Classroom and the Classroom to the World
The traditional tools of the classroom are rapidly becoming as quaint as black and white TVs and fax machines to today’s students. Textbooks are being replaced with digital books that students access on their tablets or smartphones. Where textbooks are not replaced, they are enhanced with digital courseware that brings the arts and sciences alive with interactive text and teaching tools, 3D graphics and animation, video, and audio.
Students today don’t just read about the heroes of the past in their history textbooks; now they can—thanks to the capabilities their devices provide them—experience Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a richly immersive, compelling, and engaging way. Teachers can augment their classroom instruction by accessing and sharing a variety of resources with their students, including, for example, the wealth of historical photos and documents now digitized and available online through the Library of Congress. Online course management systems now facilitate student homework submission; upcoming assignment reminders; peer editing and collaboration; personalized, adaptive quizzing; and the exploration of supplementary materials, such as videos and infographics, that reinforce classroom learning.
Digital tools are turning many educational verities on their pedagogic heads. For example, why use precious classroom time to deliver a lecture that could be delivered outside school by a variety of streaming devices? As schools understand the profound educational implications of mobility technologies and devices, they begin to shift the traditional definition of the ‘classroom experience.’ For example, the ‘blended’ or ‘flipped’ classroom, in which online and classroom experiences are used together, is becoming more popular as teachers and students alike grasp the potential of using digital devices to teach and learn in new ways.
Empowering the Education Revolution
A transformation this profound cannot help but bring challenges to the school system—challenges that are especially complex for the IT administrators tasked with implementing and securing widely diverse school mobile networks. Making these networks as open to peer-to-peer and student-to-teacher collaboration and communication as possible, while also protecting the privacy rights of all involved, as well as the private data of the school staff and administrators, can be a near-Herculean task.
The Secure Digital Workspace for Education, powered by VMware Workspace ONE, allows schools to take full advantage of the digital revolution by establishing the secure, mobile learning environments that students, faculty, and staff need to succeed. The Secure Digital Workspace for Education allow schools to manage and control all the school system’s individual mobility devices from a single administrative dashboard.
VMware is committed to transforming learning with digital classrooms by supporting features and programs designed to deliver the best devices, apps, content, and resources to students and teachers, including full support for the new education features in Apple iOS 9.3. The Secure Digital Workspace for Education moves with students, faculty, and staff throughout their day—unifying users, desktops, and mobile device management to enable limitless learning. And the technology makes available more than 20,000 separate educational applications to help students with everything from vocabulary words to understanding the anatomy of the human brain.
It’s no wonder that with so many new mobility tools, technologies, and devices, an educational revolution is transforming the classroom. Where will this transformation lead?
To learn more about the many ways mobility technologies are impacting the educational experience, explore the interactive graphic below.