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How Connecting the Community Transformed a Rural School District

Superintendent Matt Akin used federal funding to make the entire town of Piedmont, AL, wireless as a way to increase equity for students, about half of whom did not have Internet access at home.

New Castle SD Converts Old Netbooks to Thin Clients

New Castle School District in Indiana has cut costs and improved the user experience by repurposing its old netbooks as thin clients rather than buying new thin clients.

CoSN Survey: Only 9 Percent of Districts Have Adequate Bandwidth

Results from the Consortium for School Networking’s 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal gaps in U.S. school districts’ broadband and technology infrastructure.

Samsung Unveils Intel-Powered Chromebook 2

Samsung has debuted a new Chromebook 2 model that offers speeds of up to 2.58 GHz and sports an 11.6-inch HD display.

Report: Students Lack Wireless Access to Digital Learning Resources at School

Students have better wireless access to the Internet at home than at school, according to a new report.

Survey: Teachers Don't Think Parents Understand the Common Core

More than 95 percent of teachers believe the parents of their students do not understand what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a recent poll of veteran high school teachers in the northeastern United States. No teachers told the surveyors they believed their students' parents knew what the standards were and 4.4 percent said they weren't sure.

GitHub Rolls Out Free Student Developer Pack

GitHub has partnered with 13 companies and organizations to provide a package of developer tools free for students.

SchoolReach Introduces Community App Creator

SchoolReach has launched its new Community App solution, which is designed to help schools create custom-branded iPhone and Android apps. Customized apps can include modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework info, lunch menus and social media accounts.

Bellarmine College Prep Deploys Low-Cost SAN with Off-the-Shelf Hardware

Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA has deployed a software-defined storage system to reduce storage costs and provide campus-wide redundancy.

2 California Districts Upgrade WANs to 10 Gigabit

A Southern California school district with 6,000 students has gone public with the five-year contract it has signed to obtain the use of a 10-gigabit fiber optic wide area network (WAN) to replace its previous 1Gbps fiber optic Ethernet WAN. Another district in the region, Garden Grove Unified, signed a similar agreement in 2013.