Theme: Eyes Wide Open: Digital Privacy, Security and Citizenship in Schools
Advances in technology make it possible for students to experience personalized learning anytime and anywhere. But this can only take place if our school systems have well designed networks that support the increased demands of student devices and 24/7/365 access and that remain current in the face of rapidly evolving technologies.
In our first phase, with the generous support of Qualcomm, the SEND Initiative developed guidelines for network design and a checklist for district network planning. Currently, SEND II is building on that work in collaboration with leading technology partners: AT&T, Brocade, Cisco, ENA, Filewave, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Presidio, and Sunesys. SEND II is developing next-level resources for building network architectures that can handle and evolve with new demands.
Maximizing K-12 Fiber Connectivity Through E-Rate: An Overview was co-authored by Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN; Ryan Thompson, Student at Harvard Law School; and David Talbot, Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center.
The toolkit comprises three parts: providing an overview of the E-rate program and the types of fiber eligible through the program; describing important considerations for schools to assess their options; and issuing a call to action for school systems to begin taking measurable steps toward deciding on and making effective use of today’s fiber connectivity options. Learn more about E-Rate 2.1 by watching this helpful new educational video series.
Our newest white paper, Smart Networks: Comprehensive Design Overview provides SMART guidelines for school system leaders. Traditional school networks, depending on size and geography, are generally not able to scale to support teaching and learning in a digitally transformational environment. Smart Education Networks that increase capacity and reduce costs can be implemented, but the process must be approached holistically, with full understanding of the tradeoffs among the requirements and a comprehensive design that addresses them as a whole.
Education Networks of America, in collaboration with eLearn Institute and TechEdvantage, developed a white paper that provides insight into potential network security threats impacting today’s school districts. It also shares key considerations and best practices every school district can implement for improving their network security as well as preparedness when an incident does occur.
Included in the white paper are the experiences and recommendations of two school districts—Broward County Public Schools (Florida) and Huntington County Community School Corporation (Indiana). Their valuable insight will be immeasurably helpful for school districts nationwide.
As districts begin to transform digitally, many must rethink their network architecture to maintain affordable Internet access. Our handy infographic breaks down some of the costs associated with the digital conversion and talks you through the Smart Networks that this era demands.
Most U.S. schools and school districts are at critical junctures in their technology planning and investment life cycles. IT decision makers can easily be overwhelmed by the change observed in classroom instructional techniques, the widespread proliferation of consumer devices on their campuses, and the promise of transformative teaching and learning effectiveness offered by mobile computing. Student engagement and academic achievement can be transformed by 24/7 access to quality digital content and personalized learning models, but only if reliable education networks have been established. Furthermore, network designers must consider not only today's bandwidth demands, but also what future innovations may require. The SEND Guidelines for School System Chief Technology Officers list our full recommendations and conclusions.
Learn more about E-Rate 2.1 by watching this helpful new educational video series.