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.
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.
Washington, DC (February 17, 2016) – To improve digital equity in school systems nationwide, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today launched the Digital Equity Action Toolkit for district leaders.
Introduced through CoSN’s new Digital Equity Action Agenda leadership initiative, the toolkit provides school system leaders with thoughtful strategies to address and narrow the “homework gap” in their communities.
It’s hard to gain a true sense of how well your district is doing if you examine your accomplishments and roadblocks in isolation. This is why CoSN has partnered with ActPoint® KPI Management System to provide you with the data you need to benchmark yourself against other similar districts.
Washington, DC (June 20, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today responded to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to modernize the E-rate program:
Washington, DC (March 3, 2014) – As part of its Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND) initiative, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released the first phase of comprehensive guidelines to support K-12 chief technology officers (CTOs) in building, strengthening, and maintaining durable education networks. These networks support technology-rich 24/7 learning.
CoSN Survey Highlights Need for Greater E-rate Funding and Overwhelming Lack of Broadband in Classrooms
Upcoming CoSN Webinar: E-rate and Broadband Survey - A webinar analyzing the E-rate survey results will be held from 1-2 pm ET on October 30. Thanks to epic-ed and Connected Educators for their partnership on this webinar!
District and school leaders are increasingly aware of the need to make classroom-level data available, usable, and relevant to inform and improve instructional practices. Data solutions such as student information systems, learning management systems, data warehouses, and instructional improvement systems are often viewed as the tools to provide the identified data and information elements and to generate the reports and analysis.