Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's Time for Schools to Adopt Unified Communications

A lot has been written about the use of technology in schools and a lot of K-12 school districts, colleges and universities are slowly but surely introducing technology into their schools and classrooms. Some examples are fiber connections to increase broadband speed or giving laptops or tablets to students for use in the classrooms. Another great use of technology is video conferencing to help connect students to the outside world whether it's to other schools in the U.S or another country.

Unified Communications (UC) is a great technology for schools as it can bring together the use of mobile devices and video for a collaborative telepresence experience. The learning environment is rapidly changing as online learning is becoming as, or in some cases, more effective than traditional classroom learning. Being able to bring it all together for a combination of both (online and classroom learning) will become more and more important.

Unified Communications takes simple VoIP to another level as it can seamlessly integrate voice, HD video, messaging, email and mobility and allow these solutions to be fully accessible from any PC, Mac, desk phone, smart phone or tablet. Businesses and hospitals are already implementing UC and as a result are seeing increased productivity and efficiency while reducing costs related to traditional phone lines. There is no reason why schools can't reap the same benefits.

Technology adoption in schools is well underway, now it's time for schools to start bringing those disparate technologies together to create efficient collaborations. Unified Communications can be a very effective tool to start the collaboration process.

Rodney Brown

Mr. Brown brings extensive experience building companies and leading sales, operations and service organizations in technology and healthcare. He is the Executive Director of HealthNet connect and CEO of HNcBNc.

The views and opinions on this blog are my own.

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