As summer segues into fall, schools across the country prepare their infrastructure for the coming academic year.
Each autumn brings new technological advances, and smart schools integrate the newest trends quickly to help them manage their systems, improve communication and better serve their students.
In recent years, the adoption of these technologies has taken several forms. Many schools have begun relying more on cloud computing, allowing their students to access documents, take tests and complete reading assignments from any computer.
Tablet computers have also become a fairly commonplace element in some schools, as they enable students to carry thousands of pages worth of textbooks in a single, lightweight device.
Technologies that assist in the administrative duties of a school are also catching on. Elaborate phone systems that give parents an easy way to communicate with school officials are showing up in schools from coast to coast. Many schools have also begun using video conferencing, as a way for students to take field trips without leaving the classroom and also for teachers to meet and share ideas.
There is also another new technology that can provide schools with an inexpensive, easy-to-use, secure method for communicating and exchanging documents. Online faxing - which allows users to send and receive faxes from a computer, tablet or smartphone - can help schools streamline their extensive communication system, and afford a wider range of options to parents, teachers and administrators.
There is a seemingly endless stream of files that bounce between schools, other institutions and individuals, data that includes medical forms, transcripts and release forms, among other files. This sheer quantity of information can place a large strain on a school's fax machine and restrict the freedom of faculty members by effectively tethering them to the office.
However, internet faxing helps dissolve this link by making sending and receiving faxes infinitely easier. Instead of forming a bottleneck at the front office, teachers and other faculty members can easily send faxes from the teacher's lounge, computer lab, their own classroom or even their home.
What's more, a fax to email service also adds some features and functions that traditional faxing can't compete with. The ability to store hundreds of addresses, to be notified when a message is received and to print only necessary documents are just a few, but there are many more.
Online faxing could be the tool that your school needs to make the upcoming academic year a success.