Grace Christian School, a K-12 school in Anchorage, AK, has upgraded to a passive optical local area network (LAN) to provide increased bandwidth and reliable connectivity for the school's 60 teachers and 600 students.
The Nevada Department of Education has selected a partner to provide Chromebooks, wireless infrastructure and other tools for middle schools participating in its Nevada Ready 21 program.
The Mahopac Central School District will take advantage of the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act to boost Internet access and buy Chromebooks.
An organization that monitors Internet connectivity to schools has reported that while 20 million additional students have been given access to high-speed Internet, a comparably high number "still don't have the speeds they need."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Sprint has committed to offer free high speed Internet service to students in several Illinois public school districts.
The K-20 Education Network, a publicly supported network supporting educational institutions throughout the state of Washington, is upgrading its wide area network infrastructure to provide high speed communications to 101 higher education institutions, K-12 school districts and libraries.
The Kentucky Department of Education has selected an Internet content filtering system for implementation at all 173 K-12 school districts throughout the state.
Kanawha County Schools in West Virginia has implemented 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity to its fleet of 158 school buses, so students can complete homework assignments while traveling to and from home, sporting events and field trips.
Broward County Public School District in Florida has implemented open content caching in an effort to deliver online content to classrooms faster.
A frequent conflict that educators have with their IT departments is over access to content for students — content that's often being blocked at the behest of administrators and parents. And many IT directors are becoming less interested in being stuck in the middle.