By April 2020, schools closed their doors to more than 1.5 billion students worldwide, but in many cases, the instruction didn’t end. Instead, schools quickly shifted to remote learning programs, pressing forward to finish the school year despite the educational challenges during a pandemic. Keeping students connected and engaged with their teachers requires a technology-heavy strategy. Often, schools quickly pieced their plans together—since few people had anticipated widespread, long-term school closures that year.
When students returned to in-person learning full time, they and their teachers had a few years of experience with EdTech and wanted to continue to benefit from it. Managed services providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) now have the opportunity to help schools build a technology strategy that enhances education, streamlines processes for teachers and administrators, and gives them the flexibility to adapt to future challenges.
Post-Pandemic Solutions for Education
Meet with your clients to discuss their needs related to:
1Learning Management Systems
Your client may be ready to upgrade to a formal learning management system that helps teachers adhere to schedules, confirm that students have received and completed assignments, provide a platform for feedback and intervention and keep the records that teachers need to show that students mastered the material in the curriculum.
Your client may also turn to you for advice on web hosting, especially if they experience problems with connections, slow page loading, and constant buffering when streaming. Offer your clients an evaluation of their current system and hosting plan to determine if they need to make changes.
3Solutions that Connect All Students
In some cases, all students within the client’s county or district don’t have access to internet services. However, innovative VARs and MSPs have been able to offer creative solutions. For example, some help schools use school buses as Wi-Fi hotspots to get students online. Others assist schools in building total solutions based on radio or television broadcasts and text messaging for communication. You can add even more value by offering your services to bring all stakeholders together, including telecom or internet providers, transportation companies, and broadcast companies.
In some cases, perhaps for students in primary grades, completing lessons on paper is best. If your client plans to print worksheets or workbooks for students, make sure their printers are up to the task, and their facilities are enrolled in automatic printer supply replenishment services, so they don’t encounter downtime due to a lack of supplies.
If students can connect to a school’s network, potentially, so can hackers. Discuss the importance of heightened cybersecurity as schools digitally transform their processes and ensure your clients have security solutions in place. It may also be an opportunity to sign a district for managed security services.
Schools need surveillance systems to protect their buildings and assets and assist with student and employee security during the hours when instruction occurs. Your clients may benefit from a system of smart cameras that analyze video and images and alert staff when they detect unusual or dangerous activity.
7Communication and collaboration for educators
Educational teams became accustomed to meeting and collaborating via cloud solutions during school closures. The convenience and effectiveness of these solutions may be something they want to continue long-term. Ensure your clients have the reliable communication and collaboration solutions they need and consider offering Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) with features designed for educational professionals.
8Support for parents
Provide technology that keeps parents in the loop and gives them a secure way to ask questions or find resources. For example, an online portal with messaging or a simple chatbot that can point them in the right direction can save parents and school staff time.
Don’t Miss this Opportunity
Challenges related to the pandemic are driving decision makers to upgrade technology that allows schools to be more agile when circumstances change while still providing quality education. You now have the chance to meet this need, differentiate your business as a solutions provider specializing in education, and grow revenues. Don’t miss this opportunity.