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Landmark Study Calls for Increased Bandwidth for At-Home Learning

The current FCC definition of home broadband — 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds — is inadequate for at-home learning, according to researchers who conducted a first-of-its-kind study of district data for students engaged in remote learning.

Google Classroom Getting Integration with Clever

Starting this summer, Clever will be providing automated rostering for Google Classroom. Clever provides a single sign-in portal, roster syncing and other services used by 65% of K–12 schools in the United States.

Flexible IT Infrastructure for an Evolving Education Environment

As education institutions aim to become more flexible to meet modern demands, teachers will continue operating under hybrid learning models — making the need for disruption-free virtual lessons and network access all the more critical. To best accommodate these needs, investing in a flexible IT infrastructure that can support remote-learning, especially as our country undergoes one of the most pivotal time periods in history, will be an important factor.

Kentucky District Upgrades WiFi with Extreme Networks

District digital initiatives have included a 1-to-1 device program, to provide students with iPads, Windows devices and Chromebooks, and a virtual "Backpack of Success Skills" platform for students, to demonstrate learning and collect artifacts such as pictures and video with Google tools. Assessments are done online. And the schools 3,000-plus IP-connected cameras with gunshot recognition capabilities and electronic access control.

Electric School Buses to Add WiFi

Starting now, electric school buses from IC Bus, a subsidiary of Navistar, will be adding WiFi as a standard feature, in a new agreement with Kajeet, a company that produces devices for internet access in education.

9 Policy Priorities for Closing the Digital Divide

A nonprofit that promotes "open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections" has issued a roadmap for 2021, laying out what it will be pursuing in its mission of supplying internet access to an estimated 42 million unconnected people in the United States.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic era has packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the upcoming school year an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to. Here's what they told us.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021

2020 packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the start of this new year brings an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to — in 2021. Here's what they told us.

K–12 Has Become the Most Targeted Segment for Ransomware

Malicious actors have disrupted remote learning by targeting school systems in their ransomware, malware and DDoS attacks.

Ransomware Hits Baltimore County Schools Thanksgiving Eve

Baltimore County Public School students returned to class, via remote instruction, while the district continued dealing with a ransomware attack that struck the day before Thanksgiving.

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