May 01, 2018; Brisbane, Australia: The Southport School has recently worked with Data#3 to implement a next-generation wireless network solution.
Richard Humphreys, Director of ICT at The Southport School, commented, “We now have the ability to manage more than 3,000 different devices for 1,600 students, and to provide internet access across our vast 100-acre campus with ease.”
He continued, “From greater network coverage and improved security, to enhanced reporting capabilities and better BYOD control, we have a powerful platform upon which to deliver a seamless wireless experience, placing the school at the forefront of technology-driven teaching and learning.”
Leveraging technology from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, and Palo Alto Networks, IT staff can switch off Wi-Fi access in chosen locations, at select times, monitor students’ online activities, and restrict certain websites. Where necessary, they can alert teachers if the boys access dangerous content or engage in inappropriate behavior, helping to combat cyberbullying.
Karel Bos, Dean of the Students at The Southport School, said, “The new technology is helping educate the students and prepare them for the future, promoting and empowering the boys to take control of their cyberworld and how good behaviour should be seen online.”
With turbo-charged Wi-Fi, students are now ahead of the pack in robotics and technology innovation. The Southport School is the first school in Australia to take part in the global Cyber Patriot Games, where the objective is to clean up corrupted software within six hours.
“Teachers have been able to stay at the forefront of advances in teaching practice – be experimental and innovative and flip the classroom and get speakers in from across the world. It really is only limited by the imagination of the teachers and students,” said Jo Inglis – Deputy Headmaster, Head of Teaching and Learning at The Southport School.
National Practice Manager for Education at Data#3, David Wain, commented, “The Southport School is a fantastic example of technology empowering schools to educate in ways previously unimaginable. We look forward to continuing to work with The Southport School, and to extending education beyond the four walls of the classroom.”