A specialist education division of Northgate, who provide managed services and solutions in the UK, the company has been appointed an Apple Solutions Expert for Education (ASE). Manage Oracle Database Users and Roles Centrally in Active Directory or Sun Directory: Download nowNorthgate sees the Apple Mac's popularity as an education tool growing in recent years, particularly in creative art subjects such as art, music and drama, and will now be supplying computers to schools as part of its managed service. Apple offers a range of resources and educational discounts for schools and institutions in the UK including a dedicated Web site for teachers and students. iTunes U offers learning from within and outside the classroom, with a range of educational focused content from hundreds of schools, universities and museums.
Mac's are designed to support and enhance teaching and learning in schools, however as they traditionally do not run Windows operating system, until now they were not fully supported in a managed service says Northgate. However, the division along with Bristol Brunel Academy and the Apple Education Management Team has recently has conducted a pre-pilot research project and pilot testing to enable the use of Macs in schools. That scheme has proved a success and working with Apple and Bristol Brunel, Northgate was able to successfully integrate Macs as part of a Macintosh Managed Service provision. 'The Mac computers supplied as part of the trial integrated really well into our managed service at Brunel. The students found using the Macs a very positive and rewarding experience, the simplicity of use and the way the software and hardware seamlessly integrated together means they can concentrate on their creativity rather than on learning how to use the system,' said Richard Goucher, E-Learning Director, Bristol Brunel Academy.