Exploring uses for Ultrafast Connectivity in Schools

Getting the best out of ultrafast Internet in Education

While Internet connectivity is a standard feature in practically every school around the UK, the sheer speed of change and development has meant that a lot of schools don’t get the best possible results from using their connections, missing out on some of the benefits available through online resources.

Through our not-for-profit exa.foundation, we’ve worked to help schools get a stronger grip on the possibilities of technology and online resources. With our CPD events and free resources, we’ve been able to directly support educators around the country, but there’s still a lot of cases where schools and academies aren’t getting everything that they could be from their Internet connection.

In some of these cases, schools are missing out on even more possibilities - bringing in ultrafast connectivity opens up a huge range of useful, genuinely effective possibilities previously unavailable through standard connections. In this blog, we’re putting together some information about key online resources capable of making real differences for schools, exploring services available through both standard broadband connectivity and ultrafast services like DarkLight.

Discovering effective online resources

Below, we’ve put together information about a few key categories of resource and service, along with links to some great examples in cases where free/ low-cost options are widely available.

Online Programming Sites: If you’re teaching Computer Science, it’s really important to give learners a real look at how the code they’re creating affects real-world environments, and online programming sites open up a lot of possibilities for this, offering fun and engaging exercises for learners. For a couple of great examples, head over to code.org for some fun exercises backed up with popular children’s characters, or check out Kodu, a free resource that lets learners build extremely customisable games.

Streaming Educational Videos: While it’s important to have a grasp of what kind of videos students are accessing through sites like Youtube, there’s no doubt that both staff and learners can benefit from the vast range of educational videos out there. For a couple of starting points, we’d recommend checking out our own ExaLens Webinar Archive for Primary and Secondary teachers, or heading over to #exabytes presenter Phil Bagge’s Youtube channel for a range of excellent exercises exploring Computational Thinking.

Exploring VR Worlds: Although the jury’s definitely out about whether VR is a real winner for schools, if you’re interested in the in-depth exploration possibilities created by the tech, there’s no doubt that you’ll need an effective Internet connection to back it up in most cases, downloading new experiences and opportunities. We’d recommend checking out the free VR resources provided by Google VR, while several other sites like Virtual Reality for Education compile a selection of free resources.

Rolling Backup Options: Having an effective backup service is critical for any school, but the vast amount of data that needs to be backed up with hundreds of students in the picture has traditionally created some problems for schools. With ultrafast connectivity, we’ve seen a lot of schools, even large Secondaries, adopting real-time backup services, with the symmetrical upload speeds provided by many ultrafast providers opening up the doors to effective Cloud-based storage.

With ultrafast connectivity now more accessible than ever, schools across the country are benefiting from the resources and services made available through high-speed Internet, particularly with the low-cost, high-performance connectivity options provided by Exa Education. To find out more about how your school could benefit, get in touch with our team at 0345 145 1234 today!