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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 Cisco, Comcast, ENA, Ipswitch, and Presidio. SEND II is developing next-level resources for building network architectures that can handle and evolve with new 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.