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Dawn of the Digital Campus

Education has at last embraced the future and is not stopping with digital signage

Education has at last embraced the future and is not stopping with digital signage and a well run intranet the whole education system will be ‘digitally overhauled'.

"With increasing numbers of students applying to universities, the focus now encompasses not only technology but the necessities of good business. Educational institutions are now treating their students and staff as customers and require solutions which would help towards consolidating the data held by their faculties, departments and services units, allowing students and staff to access facilities with a common set of credentials, preferably through a single point of entry, both on and off campus."

The problem we face is that those in charge of making the decisions on the direction of our education future are a generation educated by reading textbooks.  For many of us, the concept of going to school without a textbook is inconceivable. How else would you learn? The future of education doesn't depend on us digitizing and updating textbooks, it will rely on us leaving the textbook format behind entirely.

Students have always been known for their savviness and tight purse strings, now they are buying books from cheaper online retailers or by downloading e-textbooks, campus bookstores sell fewer and fewer textbooks. Could this be the end of the student book shop?

The US Department of education, who will be attending the NG Education US summit, have announced a process that would create an engaging state-of-the-art, cradle-to-college school system nationwide, embracing technology

"With this technology plan, we have laid out a comprehensive vision for how teachers working with technology can transform student learning in classrooms across America. We must dramatically improve teaching and learning, personalize instruction and ensure that the educational environments we offer to all students keep pace with the 21st century."

The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was written and refined over 18 months by leading education researchers, and will be discussed in depth by representatives from  the NYU Stern School of Business - Anand Padmanabhan, CIO, California State University - Richard Boes, Sr. Director Information Technology Services, Washington State University - Viji Murali, CIO and VP Information Services and University of Arizona - Michele Norin, CIO

On the whole, the attendees will address technology trends that could transform education, such as mobility and accessibility, the rise of digital content, and the rise of online social networks for information, collaboration and learning. Most importantly, it stresses that technology in the classroom only works when paired with effective teaching.

Education is the key to America's economic growth, prosperity and our ability to compete in the global economy. It is the path to good jobs and higher earning power for Americans. It is necessary for our democracy to work. Now is the time to support our future.


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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.