Single-sign-on benefits for schools, part 2: teachers

Single-sign-on benefits for schools
part 2: teachers

This is the second in a three part series looking at the benefits of single-sign-on (SSO) for different user groups in schools and colleges. In the the first post we looked at SSO benefits for students, and we will explore the benefits for administrators in the final post.
Part 2: Single-sign-on benefits for teachers

Great teachers are the most valuable asset of any school. Their passion, drive and enthusiasm has the power to inspire and engage students and, ultimately, get them to achieve to their very best. Part of being a great teacher is knowing how to use the resources available to you to their fullest, and since the online revolution the possibilities have increased exponentially: MyMaths, Khan Academy, YouTube, Pinterest, Quora, TED, Google Docs, Skype, Planboard, Dropbox, Evernote – the possibilities for progressive teachers are endless.

This explosion of tools opens up so many opportunities to improve learning and engagement – great teachers see their potential and want to exploit them. But the reality is that there is a major barrier that can prevents this from happening.

User Accounts

Many online tools require a user account – this does not always mean they are a paid service, many free tools also require one. This can be an annoyance to us in our everyday lives – another password to remember, often with more complex criteria to ensure its robustness. This is largely overcome by the ‘Remember me on this device’ tick box and our personal computer, phone or tablet doing the rest. But imagine for a moment if this feature wasn’t available, and having to enter your username and password every time you go to access Twitter, Gmail or any other service that has become second-nature to routinely check. Would you use these resources as often? Probably not.

Now imagine scaling this up to a classroom of 30 students, all needing to use three online tools for a certain lesson. That’s 90 usernames and 90 passwords. ‘Remember me on this device’ is not an option because the laptop or tablet they are using is shared. Of the 90 passwords that need to be recalled, how many have been forgotten, lost or confused with another?

The tools with so much potential to improve learning and engagement have now become a disruption and a barrier to learning, not an enabler.

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Despite there being multitude of online resources available to teachers in schools and colleges, they can effectivly be unusable without a single-sign-on solution.

Frustration for teachers

Seeing the potential educational benefits that online tools and resources can bring, but not being able to access them, can be a source of frustration for teachers. Especially those who are more forward thinking and innovative – the great teachers. If senior leadership want great things from these teachers, they need to make sure they have the tools they need, and access to online resources should be top of the list.

 

Why is single-sign-on the answer?

Well, if you’ll excuse the cliché, a true single-sign-on solution like Magellan ‘let’s teachers teach’. It breaks down the barrier that user accounts have become and allows teachers to explore and use whatever tools they like without fear of resulting mass classroom disruption.

Once in Magellan it is impossible for a student to forget their passwords, because there are none for them to remember. They can seamlessly go from resource-to-resource by simply clicking on the relevant tiles. And they can single-sign-on to any app, not just the ones provided in a proprietary app library.

Teachers are free to explore and innovate with technology as much as they like. Happier teachers, performing to their fullest thanks to single-sign-on.

 

In the final part we’ll be looking at the benefits of single-sign-on for administrators and IT managers in schools and colleges.



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