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Systems Management Trends in Education

teacher with students on laptopsDuring the BETT 2011 event, Dell Education ran a competition to discover what ICT professionals in the education sector saw as their top IT priority for the next twelve months. Respondents just had to tweet what their own big IT projects in education would be. Looking at the entries that we received, there were a couple of interesting trends for systems management in eduction:

  • There was a split between the use of IT within the classroom to improve teaching and engagement on one hand, and the role of ICT and management on the other. It was not a straight divide between “front-office” IT and “back-office” management, but there was a recognition by just under half of those that entered that there is a requirement for better management in order for IT assets to be useful
  • Online tools and collaboration software are a big trend for systems management in education and will play an even greater role in the classroom over the next year, as teachers can use these tools to expand pupils’ knowledge and ways to learn. One of the respondents called this “bringing the world into the classroom.”
  • Another big trend in systems management in Education is students and teachers are all potentially interested in bringing in their own IT assets into the classroom. As more people get their own laptops or smart phones, they would like to use these devices in the classroom as part of their day-to-day learning and teaching.

This trend of individuals wanting to use their own laptops is referred to as the “consumerization” of IT in business circles – as everyone gets more familiar with computers and IT, they tend to want to use these devices more in their daily lives; this is not only a trend in systems management in business it is not becoming a trend in education. Instead of the school providing a device, pupils want to bring in their own laptop from home – this can be because it is their personal device that they are familiar with, and sometimes it can be because the laptop or other device is much newer than the one that the school owns and so performance is much better.

For IT professionals that support computer networks, looking at these trends can show them what they will need to consider in future. Managing ICT assets so that teachers can get the most out of them within the classroom is an ongoing concern, while new trends like IT consumerization and pupil-owned devices entering the network will make systems management in education an area where schools may have to invest in order to keep pace with the needs of the teachers and students.

These shifts in systems management for educational institutions increases pressure on IT administrators to  increase efficiency without sacrificing educational quality.The Dell KACE Family of Systems Management Appliances meet and overcome these challenges; multiple educational institutes from k-12 to higher education  leverage the Dell KACE Management Appliance to help them quickly, easily, and cost effectively manage their  IT environments. Find out more about Dell KACE Educational Customers.

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Calling all UK Residents; Want to Win a Dell Inspiron duo?

London Bus and call box at night

Are you a UK resident? Do you want to win a Dell Inspiron duo?                Then join the @DellEducation conversation! 

As part of our activities at BETT 2011, Europe’s largest technology fair in London, we’re holding a Twitter contest that is open to all UK residents following  @DellEducation. We’ll be giving away a Dell Inspiron duo to a randomly selected individual who tweets an answer to our technology in education question.

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow the Dell Education Twitter conversation @DellEducation.
  • Answer this question: What’s your systems management priority in Education for 2011?
  • Answer the question using the following formats:
    • “#BETT2011 @DellEducation my #ITpriority is [Your Answer Here]“
    • Tweet mentions or direct messages to @DellEducation will be accepted as well.


All correct tweets to @DellEducation answering the question above posted between 8:00 a.m., January 12, 2011, and 5:00 p.m., January 21, 2011 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.  The winner will be contacted via Twitter on or before Tuesday, January 25, 2011 and we’ll add and update to our blog soon after.


@DellEducation is intended to be a source of two-way conversations between people using technology in Education and Dell Education news and activities that have a bearing on educators.

To enter the Dell Education twitter drawing you must be a legal resident of the United Kingdom and 18 years or older at the time of entry. We recommend you review the full terms of the drawing.


Photo Credit: London Bus, by E01, taken February 8, 2008.
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