Meru Networks has announced that Hove Park School in Brighton, Sussex, has installed wireless solution to support Apple iPads(R) for each of its 1,700 students. Additionally, the school extensively uses iTunes U(R) and Apple TV(R), which are supported through the application of Meru Bonjour Service Control. More than other 3,000 schools in the UK and Ireland are currently using Meru MEG solutions.
Niel McLeod, deputy head teacher and business manager at Hove Park School, said that iPads have brought revolutions to their teaching practices and the way their students learn. He added that they have been able to increase access to information, increase the range of tools and applications available, and improved student collaboration with each other both inside and outside the school.
The school has a motto “Putting Achievement First” and has made use of mobile technology to aid in the transformation of learning and personal experiences between teachers and students. The 1:1 iPad Learning Transformation Project was introduced in one of the ‘Most Improved’ School on the UK Department of Education in April 2013 and has led to improved achievements, behaviors, and learning perceptions for the students. The school is putting standardized tests and assessments into iTunes U(R) where parents and teachers can closely monitor the students.
Every classroom and learning space is equipped with Apple TV enabled by Meru Bonjour Service Control while all the teachers and students work with an iPad supported by an Apple (R) Bonjour. Meru Bonjour Service Control enables the transmitting devices and displays connected to Apple TV units that are appropriately coordinated on a per-classroom basis, preventing interference and confusion. Management of the services is conducted by Meru access point and controllers.
The consistently high performance at the school can be attributed to the Meru solutions, which is housed in other buildings located on a split site 1.5 meters apart. Hove Park opted for Meru solutions due to its high-density capabilities, reliability, and ease of installation after a formal tender process, in which the nearby Hampshire education authority gave a Wi-Fi contract to Meru for 60 secondary schools.
McLeod said that they did a comprehensive research in to the different providers based on their strengths and weaknesses and Meru emerged at the top as being reliable, easy to maintain, and easy to install. He also noted that Meru was the most popular among the other schools they toured across the country.
Mark Howell, area director for UK and Ireland at Meru, said that there is a real buzz about Hove Park and are delighted to be part of the school’s transition to a personalized learning environment where each student has an iPad, adding that the school has made tremendous move to improve performance and raise the standards by use of technology.