Delivering New Digital K-12 Platform to Support Smart, High-Performance Education Networks

Washington, DC
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Washington, DC (May 7, 2015) – The continual, unending, increasing demands on networks burden the modern school chief technology officer (CTO) and education networks. To address this challenge, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today launched the Design Performance Guide at the Association for Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) Annual Conference in Oregon.

Powered by the association’s Smart Education Networks by Design initiative, the new digital platform delivers resources, videos, and information about strengthening network design in school districts. The initiative is supported by ENA, Ipswitch, Cisco, Presidio, and Comcast.

“Leading districts and states implementing one-to-one and bring your own device (BYOD) find that once they commit to digital transformation, the requirements of district networks become non-linear,” said Marie Bjerede, CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning and SEND initiatives. “Although it varies, for many districts, demand on network capacity grows over 60 percent every year – this is the same as doubling network capacity every 18 months. To build networks that are resilient to this growth, old approaches to network design may not meet district needs for the future. School leaders must rethink their network design approaches.”

Starting today, school technology leaders will be able to access the following new resources:

  • Discussion of the five key network design elements for a digital transformation: Setting performance targets, defining cloud / on-premise strategy, investigating aggregation, designing for the future, and evolving the network.
  • Brief, candid video testimonials and insights from district and state technology leaders who are implementing 1:1 or BYOD mobile learning.
  • White paper that identifies and describes best practices and the process for Wi-Fi implementation in schools.

“Education technology is experiencing rapid change. Along with those changes, there are increasing demands on both the physical and wireless network infrastructures. It's not enough to ‘just get by’ any longer,” said Keith Bockwoldt, CETL, and Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214 (IL). “Networks must be flexible and fluid to meet those demands with the proliferation of mobile devices, Internet tools, and web-based standardized testing. Educators and students expect to have access to the digital world when they come to school each day. I am excited to see a set of tools to help school districts reimagine and design their networks. The SEND Framework provides guidelines for district leaders to assist when building their ‘next generation network.’”

Provided at no cost, the resources are available at: cosn.org/SmartEdNetworks

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