Education tradeshow highlights Mobile Learning opportunity for operators
LONDON—The BETT Show 2015. The exhibitions at the annual British Education Training and Technology Tradeshow are an indicator of the products we can expect to see in schools, colleges and universities in the coming year. This year the focus was on tablets, smart television, smart device storage and more advanced software for both teachers and students.
There was also a glimpse of state of the art M2M devices and services. One of the most innovative, was Lightspeed System’s Mobile Manager, a mobile device manager that enhances Mobile Learning for schools and teachers in a variety of ways.
Mobile Manager allows for the remote configuration of devices, real time reporting and a central management system that makes it easier to implement local authority education policies across a wide range of subjects and classes. Features such as these will allow teachers a greater opportunity to cater each student’s needs and improve their learning.
Although the introduction of tablets and other hardware has altered learning, it is connected devices, services and the use of data, which will fundamentally transform it. Moreover, as the introduction of new hardware in schools becomes more prevalent, so too does the need for more effective administration of such technology.
There are clear market opportunities within the mobile learning space for mobile network operators to provide connectivity for M2M and IoT focused solutions. According to recent research by analyst house, Machina Research, the number of connected PCs, tablets and smartphones will increase from 8.5 billion in 2015, to 10.67 billion in 2020. Operators already have considerable experience in deploying M2M solutions for Mobile learning, and have done so across a wide range of markets across the globe.
Operators can add value to the learning process by enabling families to ensure that their child can learn remotely when they are away from school premises. Smart connectivity provides a number of efficiencies to device and content management, helping school leaders and teachers to spend more time on what they do best: educate learners