Mark Lee, Founder, and CEO
At the dawn of a post-pandemic world, education at universities and K-12 schools is undergoing a paradigm shift. In addition to bringing students back to classrooms, educational institutions are now embracing a hybrid model – a blend of in-person and virtual learning.
Considering this new model of hybrid learning is unchartered territory, there is some level of ambiguity in driving its adoption. However, hybrid learning is one tool to in eliminating inequity and lowering the barrier to entry to attaining a secondary degree for many students. For instance, students in higher-ed and career technical education (CTE) courses need access to expensive equipment and software for learning and practical knowledge. These resources are normally only available at a computer lab on the university campus at a specific time. Time and venue constraints give students limited choice on when and how to access much-needed computing resources, which effectively creates a disparity in resource availability.
Remote access and support solutions like Splashtop enable educational institutions to provide a reliable, user-friendly, and effective learning experience remotely. The company’s remote desktop software lets users remotely access and take control of on-site computers from their own devices (Windows or Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets, and more). Once connected, students see the screen of the remote computer on their own device and are able to use any application or file as if they were sitting in front of it on campus. “Our motive is to reduce the inherent inequity among the students in relation to lab and software access and learning resources,” says Mark Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of the company.
Once deployed in an educational institution, Splashtop’s offering allows both students and teachers alike to collaborate remotely in a streamlined manner by providing access to software such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), video editing, animation, and other software that may be too pricey or complex for students to have on their individual machines. By leveraging Splashtop, expensive software licenses or hardware is now available for use in real-time without any capital investment from a student. The solution also has a scheduling function that enables teachers and professors to schedule classes and time for using special equipment and computing resources.
The easy usability of our offerings completely bridges the gap in technical know-how among users to integrate Splashtop’s offerings into the learning framework of an educational institution
To deliver a smooth experience in utilizing such resource-heavy software, the company has worked to optimize their graphics infrastructure, providing very low latency and high frame rates required by students to use any specialized applications.
The company’s suite of offerings extends to in-classroom students as well. Teachers can interact with the students by screen-sharing whiteboards and learning content across Chromebooks, iPads and other tablets. Through Splashtop, classrooms can be well-equipped to provide an enriching learning environment to children of all ages, as well as differently-abled students who are learning remotely or in-person.
The ingenuity associated with the all-encompassing posture of the Splashtop platform can be attributed to the leadership team’s vision to simplify education for all students. “The easy usability of our offerings completely bridges the gap in technical know-how among users to integrate Splashtop’s offerings into the learning framework of an educational institution,” says Lee. IT support and help desk professionals can also use Splashtop to remotely support students and teachers, irrespective of where they are and which devices they are using. To support its customers, Splashtop provides round-the-clock customer support fives days a week to assists its clients whenever required.
Splashtop’s collaboration with Abbey Road Institute, based in London,is a fantastic example of delivering reliable software for remote learning. Due to the pandemic, Abbey Road had transitioned to online learning and needed to orchestrate remote access of the organization’s computers and powerful tools like Pro Tools and Logic Pro X to the students’ personal devices. And, to maintain consistency between in-person and virtual classes. Additionally, Abbey Road needed a solution to stream audio for learning purposes while being on Zoom. Splashtop’s remote access software was able to address all of these requirements. Once it was included in the client’s learning framework, students could access all the applications available on campus from their dorm or their home. Splashtop’s offerings were not just limited to benefitting students; faculty and staff of the institute were also able to obtain remote access to their work computers. To ensure a smoot remote learning experience, Splashtop’s IT support was always on-hand to provide the necessary assistance whenever required and eliminated any unforeseen glitches.
Building upon such successful engagements, the company has become a leader in enabling hybrid learning environments. Splashtop is dedicated to delighting its customers and actively listening to customer feedback and then leveraging these insights to plan and launch additional enhancements, making education productive for all.