White Papers

Welcome to our free K-12-technology-in-the-classroom white paper and case study library from our sponsors. Click a title to read more or download.If you have any questions or comments about our webcasts please contact Mallory Bundy via email.


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5 Steps to a Killer Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi Optimization is the practice of readying your network for BYOD-like environments so that IT can deliver users a predictable experience, regardless of how heavy the network load is. There are 5 components, and we've even created a handy infographic to help illustrate how you can optimize your Wi-Fi network

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1 - User Optimization: deploy secure access for guest and approved personal devices.
2 - Application Optimization: ensure predictable application performance at all times.
3 - Device Optimization: classify and manage devices by type to address their unique characteristics.
4 - Spectrum Optimization: maximize the usage of limited RF spectrum.
5 - Capacity Optimization: increase capacity as demand grows.


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Supporting EdTech Intitiatives is Easy as (Pizza) Pie

Sometimes navigating all the state and local EdTech initiatives and funding options feels like having to choose a pizza with hundreds of topping options. It can be overwhelming! But keep the pizza analogy going, and it can actually really simplify the EdTech landscape. We break down EdTech into 4 different pizzas, and explain the various components of each.

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  • Testing initiatives like PARCC, Common Core and SBAC
  • Funding sources like E-rate/E-rate 2.0, categorical grants, ConnectED and bonds
  • Elements of 1:1 support like smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers on wheels (COWs)
  • Purchasing vehicles like state contracts, PEPPM, NCPA and leasing


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How to Avoid Another #WiFail?

You know the feeling. Everyone's experienced it. When's the last time you had something you really needed to get done, but the Wi-Fi was so unusable it made it impossible? Chances are, probably not that long ago considering how much we all rely on Wi-Fi. So what, exactly, did you experience? We've coined a new term for it: a #WiFail.

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A #WiFail is exactly what it sounds like—it's what happens when a user can't perform a mission-critical task due to network congestion.In the inforgraphic, we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. For organizations that are BYOD already, or looking to move to BYOD, understanding how to ensure business applications perform to QoS over Wi-Fi is critical.


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The ABCs of 802.11ac

Anytime a new Wi-Fi standard comes out, it brings with it a host of new buzz words, acronyms and jargon. And that's certainly true of 802.11ac, which has been billed as "gigabit Wi-Fi." But how can you learn your 11ac from a, b, g and n? Well, we've tried to make it as simple as learning your ABCs.

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802.11ac Demystified Poster

Technical poster that provides an overview of 802.11ac, the data rates, channel bonding, MIMO digital signal processing, and more!

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Optimizing Your Wireless Network

Designing wireless networks for coverage is no longer enough. They must be built for capacity and performance, which makes Wi-Fi optimization best practices crucial.

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Driven by the rapid evolution of mobile devices, the move to cloud-based applications and data, and the continued development of new wireless technologies, Wi-Fi has become the network of choice for connectivity. Most new devices no longer have wired connectivity—for them Wi-Fi is the only option. IT managers now count Wi-Fi as an essential business facility.


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802.11ac Whitepaper

802.11ac is a new very high throughput Wi-Fi standard (final approval in 2014). It delivers data rates in excess of 1Gbps in its first phase of products with future iterations planned to take performance to nearly 7Gbps. 802.11ac maintains backward compatibility with existing 802.11 equipment to simplify network migration to the new technology.

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IDC Case Study: Grand Island Public Schools Implements Identity Solution to Centralize Management and Increase Security for Macs

A large K-12 school district overcame the challenge of integrating Macs and maintaining security for students and faculty by implementing an Active Directory-based solution enabling centralized policy, password and access management.

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In this case study, you will learn how Grand Island Public Schools deployed an Active Directory-based solution to:

  • Improve organizational efficiency and security
  • Centralize management capabilities and enhance security for the school system
  • Unify its numerous, distributed Open Directory domains and standardize on a single Active Directory domain.