Over the past decade, technology has become a huge part of how education institutions operate. Whether used on the front line to better engage students, used behind the scenes to improve efficiencies or used to communicate with members of staff, schools and other educational facilities have come a long way.
In fact, the Annual Ontario School Survey from People for Education, 97 percent of elementary schools and 100 percent of secondary schools now report that at least some teachers use technology to communicate with students.
The report says that the use of technology in today’s classroom has the potential to enable, expand and accelerate learning in ways previously unimaginable.
But it’s not just that, technology can also help education facilities significantly improve their internal efficiencies and save money at the same time. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the use of integrated cloud communication systems and cloud based phone systems.
In this blog, we take a look at what these integrated cloud communication solutions actually are, how they can benefit your school, college or university and why OT Group has partnered with GoTo to offer a powerful cloud based phone and communication solution specifically designed for educational facilities.
What is an integrated cloud communication system?
An integrated cloud communication system, typically known as ‘Unified Communications’ or ‘UC’, is a software platform that uses voice over internet protocol technology (VoIP) and is designed to unify your educational facility’s communications tools into one centralized platform.
Unified Communications provide schools, colleges and universities with advanced communications features and functionalities, application integrations and end-to-end solutions all in one easy-to-use platform.
The use of UC can help educational institutions to deliver quality voice, video and collaboration solutions - improving administrative efficiencies and reducing communication costs, all while improving the safety, and learning experience, of students.
UC solutions enable real-time communications for both on-campus and off-campus purposes.
How will a cloud communication system benefit your education facility?
With that in mind, here are five of the top ways that your education facility can benefit from the use of a unified communications system designed specifically for the learning sector.
1 - Enhance remote learning
With cloud-based communication software, educational facilities are able to seamlessly host and manage virtual classrooms for their students. Teachers can easily create and deliver online classes to students anywhere, and students can take part in online exams.
2 - Significant cost savings
Cloud-based phone and communication software can help education facilities save significant amounts on their current communication budgets. Low usage lines for campus use, VoIP phone solutions for remote learning, video conferencing and cheaper infrastructure are just some of the ways that integrated cloud communication systems will help educational institutions save money.
Since this is a cloud-based system, hardware requirements are minimal. By operating seamlessly on internet browsers for both desktops and mobile devices, schools can also save a huge amount of money on expensive hardware.
3 - Achieve greater efficiencies
Cloud communication systems offer easy accessibility to communication software, course documents, data and much more. Teachers can easily deliver communication to their students or other staff members, while students can receive information no matter where they are. This improved the entire efficiency of your facility.
4 - Simple scalability
While the number of students in most educational institutions is typically stable, classroom sizes can certainly change. Cloud communication systems can easily and seamlessly scale up and down depending on how many students your facility is teaching at any given time.
5 - Improve education security
Want to enhance the security of both your on-campus and off-campus students? Safety features in your communication system will ensure you are able to maintain a safe learning environment no matter where your students are learning from.
On-campus communication security such as overhead speakers, as well as off-campus security tools that protect your videoconferences when teaching remotely, will provide a secure and seamless learning experience for your students.
Looking for a cloud communication system for your education facility? OT Group can help!
Does this sound like something you are interested in for your educational facility? OT Group has partnered with GoToConnect to offer the GoToConnect Safety suite of integrated cloud communication systems.
Through our partnership with this integrated cloud communication system designed specifically for educational facilities, we are able to provide the perfect solution to help your school/college or university save money, improve efficiencies, enhance student learning and improve student safety.
Want to learn more? Get in touch with us today for more information about the product. Our team of communication technology experts would love to answer all your questions.