IT Management

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.

This report will help district technology leaders understand why interoperability standards matter.

The 2015 State of Education Networks: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Last week, CoSN (in partnership with AASA and MDR) unveiled the results of our annual survey that laid out the state of connectivity in schools across the U.S. There is lots of data for both pessimists and optimists among us.

Without question, there are some major challenges that are holding many school systems back from having robust education networks with broadband and WiFi capacity. Score one point for the pessimists.

K-12 Report: Affordability, Adequate Funding Biggest Technology Barriers

Washington, DC (October 16, 2014) – New results from CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal troubling gaps in U.S. school districts broadband and technology infrastructure. The report, released today, identifies affordability and adequate funding as the most significant barriers to delivering sufficient Internet connectivity and transforming the learning environment in schools. This chief hurdle mirrors the major barrier identified in the 2013 survey.

Our newest ETN report will walk you through the thorny issue of data in schools.

Teaming for Transformation 3


Teaming for Transformation 3, a hybrid professional development opportunity following in the footsteps of the highly successful TFT 1 and 2 initiatives, will bring together leaders who are pursuing digital conversions.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 to Friday, January 23, 2015
Mooresville Graded School District
Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main Street
Mooresville NC 28115

Bandwidth for...Most (The Limitations of ConnectED)

T.H.E. Journal’s recent article, “Bandwidth for All,” takes a crucial look at the problems of connecting rural America to broadband. Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the growth in overall bandwidth needs; fortunately, this is being addressed in part by the ConnectED program and its $2 billion in additional funding promised by the FCC. But for some rural schools, the program won’t be enough.