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Securing K-12 learning in a mobile world

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Unlike enterprises, school districts must contend with providing access for students, buying cycles that lead to separate domains and multivendor equipment, and inconsistent policy management and enforcement. Faced with 1:1 initiatives and Common Core standards, school districts need to address the basics. One of the first steps involves creating a mobility rollout plan that covers authentication, differentiated access and visibility. TACKLING AUTHENTICATION HURDLES Mobility initiatives often lack an identity store for K- Year 8. Students do not have assigned logins and…

CASE STUDY: Using technology to transform digital learning

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PROJECT DETAILS: MSS Client: St Mark’s Anglican Community School St Mark’s Anglican Community School has grown from humble beginnings in 1986 to be a thriving educational community of approximately 1580 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The School employs nearly 200 staff, including teachers, education assistants, music tutors and administrative, grounds and maintenance staff. Product and Services : Technology platform review & BYOD program implementation for Year 6 and beyond. Why MSS? : A trusted company that provides IT support and managed services to…

Cybersecurity Roadshow – October 2017

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9-13 October 2017 is Stay Smart Online week, a national government initiative to help individuals and businesses to develop strong protection from a range of online threats. MSS IT are giving back to the community to do our part in cybersecurity education with a series of events in October as part of our Cybersecurity Roadshow. From health organisations to the education industry to large corporations, our Business Development Manager Harriet Mellor will be out and about to help you understand threats, options for…

Making the world smaller

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We are excited to be the first regional partner in Perth for BlueJeans. The video network is bringing people together from all over the world enabling collaboration and bringing global companies together. With the likes of Facebook and Stanford using the software, we wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. We are using it as a test case in education as schools and universities want to collaborate with others around the world to bring more to their…

What’s really happening on your network?

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It’s better to avoid a security breach than hunt for excuses afterwards. In 2013, Neiman Marcus suffered a data breach and as a result credit card data for 350,000 customers was exposed. Of those accounts exposed, Neiman Marcus agreed that 9,200 of the accounts were later used in fraudulent activity. These type of breaches are becoming more and more common as hackers focus on more targeted hacks. We’ve seen massive problems such as operations being stopped in the NHS because…

New IoT survey: Wake up to the Internet of Things

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The dawn of the IoT era has begun. With opportunities and challenges galore, it’s no time to be caught napping. Business and IT decision-makers share their IoT plans in a new IoT study. When a type of project consistently exceeds expectations, you’ve got to sit up and pay attention. That’s exactly where we are now with the Internet of Things (IoT). In the survey “IoT Today and Tomorrow,” only 16% of business leaders projected a large profit gain from their…

How Can Australian Schools Keep Students Safely Connected in the Digital Classroom?

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We all know that technology offers tremendous learning opportunities to today’s students. Interacting with other schools, other cultures and languages – the classroom can be an exciting place. But how do we allow students to take the classroom with them as they move around the campus… and how do we make sure they can do it safely? Among the schools we’re working with in Western Australia, there are students video-conferencing with partner schools across the globe, classes learning about using…

Budget Pressures: How Can Schools Afford to Lead the Way in Technology?

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When planning an excellent education for children, aspects such as quality of teaching, facilities, even tradition might feature in the plans of schools and parents. Today, though, technology capability also plays a part. To prepare youngsters for the world of higher education and employment, it is vital that they have access to the right learning systems. And that means some tough choices for WA schools balancing an IT budget with other needs. Within three years, almost 90 per cent of…

Where Next for Technology in Schools? The IT Trends That Are Changing Education.

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Classroom technology is rapidly changing and it’s important for your school or education institution to be at the forefront of growing trends in technology. In a recent IT report*, it was suggested that emerging technologies will change our lives in ‘profound and unforeseen ways’, and education is in many ways leading the charge. In fact, the same report confirms what most of us have observed – the pace of change is rapidly outstripping the ability to fully understand it. Western…