We work with schools all over Northern Ireland and Scotland and so we understand the challenges and constraints with wireless access – but we are here to help.
It’s essential to have robust, solid, reliable WiFi in order to impact teaching and learning with iPad. At iTeach we have installed wifi in hundreds of schools. Secure, filtered systems. They are proven and come very highly recommended from schools that have installed them.
Getting Wi-fi need not be as difficult or expensive as you may think. We can help survey, plan and install a system that will support teaching and learning. Its secure. Managed. Cost effective. Supported. Safe. Best of all? It just works.
Here are the two main options to consider for NI schools:
Option 1 – C2K Wireless by ‘Meru’
C2K have equipped every school in NI with a Meru Wireless provision. This is part of the managed network. It supports log in to a ‘Guest Trusted’ network, and more recently a system called ‘Open Guest’. As a school, take your time, evaluate this system with mobile devices and draw your own conclusions through use before you decide of it will support your teaching and learning needs.
Option 2 – Dedicated solution by iTeach
This is ‘off c2K’ , where we help the school provision a fast broadband connection from BT . We then provide a content filtering ‘firewall’ , wireless access points, everything you need – with the advantage of remote iPad management for the entire school. Its fast. And it ‘just works’. Its secure and handles filtering, logging and school specific setup. You can optionally take our managed network system – and leave us to manage, monitor and control your entire system remotely.
This costs from around £1800 for Primary and £3500 for a typical post primary of around 600 pupils*. That’s a ‘one off’ payment and the only ongoing charge is £50 or so per month for BT. All schools are different though and we will do a site survey.
Remember this is non C2K, so have a read at the Department of Education document for the key things to consider – most crucially the need for a filtering system. (available on C2K exchange) and solid policy in place for devices, internet and eSafety. Our 360 safe assessors hand over the WiFi solution with all the documentation you need on filtering, risk assessment, reporting and policy.
*guide price, subject to survey
Drop us a line and let us know which local authority you are within – we’ll help get you the best advice as to getting the most from the system your LA has deployed.
Need more explanation?
Call us on 02890 020375 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help choose what’s best for your school and budget.