The broadband situation in K–12 has improved substantially in the last four years, with most systems reporting that their schools meet or exceed the short-term broadband target of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students set by the FCC. But the goal of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students is still distant for most.
Slow internet connections are hampering the future of education and limiting libraries and health organizations, according to a coalition of schools, libraries and health groups in a campaign launched Thursday. The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is urging the Federal Communications Commission to make emergency improvements to its Business Data Services (BDS) order to include high-capacity broadband lines.
An Illinois school system has upgraded its computer security set-up for its three high schools.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Duke School, an independent, preK-8, project-based school in Durham, NC, has updated its data storage infrastructure in an effort to deliver storage services to students and staff.
A new National Council on Digital Convergence has formed, and it includes a cross-section of K–12 administrators from urban, suburban and rural school districts from across the Midwest and East Coast. The 10-member council, sponsored by the Denver-based ed tech company Modern Teacher, is also planning to release a “State of the Industry Report on Digital Convergence” in the very near future.
Samueli Academy, a public charter high school in California, has implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology to let students access computer-aided design software from their Chromebooks.
The United States Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology is unveiling a new online tool, the Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach, that’s designed to rapidly evaluate ed tech products and help educators decide whether a product or tool is worth their money.
Research shows that teachers prefer to rely on one another to get solutions to technology problems than they do on the IT department.
- By David Nagel, Dian Schaffhauser
The Pasadena Independent School District will deploy an LTE broadband network for students to access the internet from home in an effort to close performance and homework gaps.
San Diego Unified School District has gone public with its work related to running 1-to-1 programs for 47,000 of its 132,000 students.
- By Dian Schaffhauser