Technology is the Circulatory System of the School
Let’s think of your school as a breathing, living organism, and, in more ways than one, it is. This organism consists of a group of people working together toward a common goal: student education.
They collaborate through interconnected systems, dependencies, and workflow, much the same way that the human body does. In the body, each system has a purpose and works toward the grand goal of keeping the body alive and functioning.
In schools, technology is the same as the circulatory system. We’ll be discussing the role of technology as the circulatory system in schools throughout this article.
The Role of Technology
In our bodies, the circulatory system is vital and extends to every single part of the body, delivering blood to guarantee that life continues. It consists of various components and mechanisms that ensure that blood is oxygenated and exchanged while also being prepared for any emergencies that may arise.
Technology fulfills the same role. Today, the purpose of technologies in schools is to distribute the organization’s lifeblood in information. Whether it is wifi and a network cable serving as the veins and arteries, or continued access to information that is up-to-date serving as the oxygen, technology makes sure that every part of the school receives what they need.
It has protective measures and backups that act as crisis management. Like the body’s circulatory system, technology functions around 98% of the time, and most people ignore it unless disaster strikes.
The Heart & Why it Must Be Kept Healthy
Not only is technology the school’s circulatory system, but it is also the heart. From a functional point of view, technology does act as the heart of a school – the systems and servers that pump data and information throughout the institution are indeed a vital organ.
They must be appropriately protected, maintained, and free of backups and clogging. If this system were to break down, the result would have the same effect as that of a heart attack, with the potential for severity being the same.
Sure, technology is the functional circulatory system and heart of the school. Still, it is not the emotional core, and this is key for stakeholders to understand, as it sets transparent culture and expectations.
Understanding Technology’s Critical Role
If teachers, students, parents, leaders, and tech personnel understand the essential role that technology plays in all operational and academic areas of the school, then the institution can set appropriate expectations. Communications and uptime requirements from the technology department will be more in line with the reliance everyone else has on their work.
The need for appropriate funding and institutional support will ensure that the circulatory system remains healthy, and stakeholders will understand the need for clear operational procedures and protective measures.
As ed-tech continues to grow and evolve, it will continue to become more and more essential to schools and educational institutions. This is why it is crucial to understand the role it plays in schools today.
Technology is the school’s circulatory system, and by treating it as such, the organization’s functional aspect can be improved and maintained healthily. This lets everyone focus on the real heart of the institution.