New Name,
Same Purpose

Formerly known as Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND), the Network Design initiative provides schools and districts with resources to help them adapt to shifting and sustainable technologies that support the increasing demands of teaching and learning.

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Connected Home & School

The abrupt rise of online learning and reliance on remote access tools forced schools and districts to reconsider and disrupt their existing processes. It is incumbent upon edtech leaders to invest in sustainable and robust school network designs. 

Done in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), this report provides educators and policymakers data about the student experience of learning from home.

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As part of the recent Student Home Connectivity Report development, the Student Home Bandwidth Calculator is now available as a member-exclusive resource. Use this calculator to determine the estimated bandwidth requirement for students based on the findings and recommendations in the Study.

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A CoSN Member Exclusive Brief
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to connectivity solutions. Instead, each solution has its strengths and weaknesses depending on the diverse challenges and needs of the students, school district, and community. This resource covers considerations for edtech leaders as they plan for the future.
Network Coverage; Data Speed; Data Management Systems; Cost; Compliancy

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This report provides guidelines and documentation on why 24/7 Access to Broadband is Essential to Student Learning.

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Timeline and potential delays.

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Organizations seeking ways to maximize their available staffing, improve network efficiency, and provide consistency to network management and service delivery should consider the opportunities leveraging Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) can provide.

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Organizations seeking ways to maximize their available staffing, improve network efficiency, and provide consistency to network management and service delivery should consider the opportunities leveraging Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) can provide.

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This resource will help you understand and estimate bandwidth consumption for teachers and students allows for IT leaders to plan for connectivity challenges and advocate for more comprehensive connectivity solutions.

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Communicating
with District Leadership

Need a ready-to-roll slide deck to discuss network and infrastructure in your district?  Customize and go with this resource.

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The modern CTO should be having critical conversations both inside and outside of the organization in order to be effective in a dramatically evolving environment.

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Transformed learning demands smart networks that are affordable, scalable and reliable.

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Network Security

Education Networks of America, in collaboration with eLearn Institute and TechEdvantage, white paper that provides insight, considerations and best practices every school district can implement for improving its network security.

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Technology leaders and policymakers need to protect their networks and information security, analyze their current status, and validate what they are doing well. 

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Budgeting, Funding & E-Rate

Funding network connectivity, both at physical locations and remote or home locations, for employees and students is a continuous challenge for many organizations. 

The SEND initiative provides recommendations and resources for funding connectivity.

Moving from Capital Expense (CapEx) to Operational Expense (OpEx)

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Understanding Why 24/7 Access to Broadband
is Essential to Student Learning

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To continue to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing demands on the network, it is important to seriously consider whether to build one’s own network infrastructure within the school system or buy network services from a service provider.  It is important to complete a thorough build or buy analysis and consider the following benefits and disadvantages of each approach.

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Cloud
Computing

K12 schools that operate in the cloud, primarily use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to provide e-mail and other productivity tools, learning management and student information systems, digital content, and other digital learning resources.

SEND: Cloud is a part of the Smart Education Networks by Design initiative and focuses on creating resources to help school and district technology leaders transition from the conventional to IT-as-a-service.

An overview of cloud computing in education.

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Districts are increasingly moving to cloud computing for many reasons. Learn why.

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More than half of the IT workload in K12 schools is currently running in the cloud. How does your school system become one of them?

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Worried about transitioning from on-premise data centers to the cloud? Learn how cloud services can reduce IT system complexity and improve data security in this case study from Boulder Valley School District (CO).

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The key to understanding the cost of cloud computing is understanding your actual resource usage.  

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Advisory Committee

Thank You to Our Inititiative Sponsors

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New Tech

Esports

Launching an Esports program offers new opportunities to expand student engagement and connect students to new opportunities to build their leadership and teamwork skills. A successful program launch will leverage a solid plan and cross organizational commitment. Addressing key issues in the district’s plan will support a positive experience for students, staff, and spectators.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT devices offer many opportunities to automate processes within a school system; however, they are not a neutral addition to the organization's technology toolkit. Like other technologies, implementing IoT devices in the district requires careful review and planning to ensure security is correctly architected and in place before implementation, and to implement a plan for supporting and sustaining the IoT devices once implemented.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to influence practically every aspect of education and society. Nothing could be more clear as the world manages through this current health pandemic. As educators plan for more blended learning approaches, this resource provides guidance on both the upsides and challenges of integrating AI into the K-12 learning environment, as well as both adaptive and intelligent platforms, and school security. This 1.0 version is expected to be updated as AI in learning environments evolve.