Apple’s new iOS 8 release has big potential for education, but school networks must be prepared, experts say

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But as most school IT leaders will agree, iOS 7 posed problems for school networks, in many cases leveling those networks as students attempted to update at least one, and often more than one, device on their school’s network.

Apple has a huge stake in the education market, and iOS 8 promises some next-level features for educators and students.

A major feature, called “extensibility,” enables apps to work together better and share more information. According to Business Insider, this means less time switching between apps and more time for productivity.

Extensibility, coupled with other iOS 8 features, promise to put the latest upgrade at the top of Apple users’ priorities.

How can school IT leaders prepare school networks for the upgrade?

(Next page: Important steps schools can take to prepare)

Laura Ascione

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