Digital transformation is changing the education sector to introduce new academic opportunities. The Nuremberg-based ABL Social Federation, GmbH, specializing in managed hotspot services, along with partner TIME for Kids, GmbH, a market leader for child and youth protection on the internet, presented new opportunities for the education sector at Didacta 2018 in Hanover. They demonstrated how, with future-oriented technologies and the associated changes in geo-political frameworks, educational contents are increasingly being offered through modern, digital platforms.
ABL Social Federation CTO, Benjamin Becker, explained to Didacta attendees how managed WLAN services, provided by ABL, power the managed school. The entire network, including a filter system specifically designed for schools, is offered as “WiFi as a Service.” This means schools can use WLAN services in desired areas, both in and outside the school buildings, without having to perform administrative or technical tasks themselves. The security standards of the infrastructure, along with the school filter system, are maintained at the highest level by ABL, including ongoing technical innovations to keep networks up to date and secure.
ABL also creates innovative learning infrastructures which provide a stable and efficient infrastructure for teachers so they can concentrate on educational essentials without worrying about connectivity.
ABL Social Federation and TIME for Kids, Working Together
“With the idea of further developing the lessons and creating a suitable infrastructure, the two partners are meeting exactly the spirit of the times and the trends of Didacta 2018,” says Bernhard Höfling (Head of Managed Services). The education-purposed router from TIME for Kids, in combination with WLAN from ABL, offers many advantages to educational organizations. “For this we offer, for example, individual filtering of internet access, adapted to the respective age group or subject,” continued Höfling. These filters can be easily selected and specified in advance by the school administration or the college IT.
Further ABL and TIME for Kids technologies that interested the professional educational audience of Didacta included the abilities to:
- Control internet access by time
- Block or share certain websites
- Check websites for safety
The President of the Didacta Association of the Education Economy, Prof. dr.Wassilios E. Fthenakis, summed up the core message of Didacta as: “Didacta 2018 sends a clear signal on educational policy: the time is ripe for profound changes in the German education system. Digital transformation offers a great opportunity to redesign teaching and learning processes and to expand learning spaces – with benefits for the children and the technical and teaching staff. Through a creative combination of analog and digital offerings and thoughts, the educators can strengthen their own controlled and cooperative learning, problem-solving and creative behavior. ”