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School Infrastructure Report: Strong Gains in Broadband Connectivity, But Challenges Persist

Majority of school districts today (85 percent) fully meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) short-term goal for broadband connectivity of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students. However, recurring costs remain the most significant barrier for schools in their efforts to increase connectivity, CoSN revealed today in its 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey Report.
 

Why We Applied for the TLE Seal: Baltimore County Public Schools

CoSN sat down with the latest recipients of the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to find out more about what they learned by going through the Program.  In this first in a monthly series of interviews, we bring you insight into how Jim Corns and the team at Baltimore County Public Schools approached the application process, and provide you with their advice for TLE Seal applicants.

Personalized Learning with Micro-credentials

CoSN supports edtech leaders who are dedicated to continued growth in their capacity to improve students’ learning with innovative, digital environments. We work to improve the human capacity of school systems by providing robust, thoughtful, and relevant professional advancement opportunities. This range from face-to-face events such as the Annual Conference to online courses to CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL®) program.

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), in partnership with CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), are pleased to present the Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know.

Our third annual Infrastructure Survey asked leaders about connectivity in their districts.

3.5GHz Innovation Band Becoming Available

Last year the FCC finished its rules for opening up previously restricted spectrum at 3.5GHz to experimental public use. In particular, this now permits commercial operations in 150MHz of new spectrum in the 3550-3700MHz band which was previously reserved for the Defense Department for coastal navigation use, and fixed satellite services. What does this mean for public school districts? A potential new path and service set for mobile data communications. This is another step in the Obama administration’s effort to expand broadband access.

How School Systems can Establish Reliable Internet and WAN Connections

With the exponential increase of access needed to cloud-based applications for instructional and operational use, Internet reliability is becoming paramount in school systems. So how can school systems provide the necessary access by having multiple Internet connections, or a fiber ring for their Wide Area Network (WAN)? The short answer we found in my school district is to provide additional Internet connections where the school system divides Internet traffic between schools. Let’s take a hypothetical example of a school district with 20 schools.

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