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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Canvas and Sweetwater Union High School District - Nation’s Second-largest Union High School District Picks Canvas for its 1:1 iPad Initiative

Learn how Sweetwater Union High School District partnered with Canvas by Instructure LMS to make a 1:1 initiative work for them.

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When the nation’s second-largest union high school district decided to equip 6,500 7th graders with iPads, they needed to pair those iPads with the best LMS available. Learn why Sweetwater Union High School District decided to partner with Canvas.


Southview Middle School Gets a Grip on Design with Dimension 3D Printing

Peter Grimm, an industrial technology teacher at Southview Middle School in Edina, Minn., has challenged his eighth-grade pre-engineering students to find a solution for this messy problem. And the uPrint™ 3D Printer is helping students find creative answers.

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Common Core and Online Testing: Implementing Wireless Infrastructure for Common Core Testing in Schools

Until recently, every state had its own set of academic standards, contributing to a disparity in the way students learn from state to state and in national testing expectations. In 2010, states began to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of rigorous, common standards for K-12 education that provide clarity and consistency around student learning expectations across the country. IT infrastructure within the schools have a significant impact on how these Common Core standards are taught and how the assessments are conducted.

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This white paper aims to alleviate IT implementation-related concerns and answer mission-critical questions including how and when to meet these new mandates effectively.


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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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