Whitepapers

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 white papers please contact Mallory Bundy via email.


Smarter Networks for Smarter Students

Digital learning boosts student achievement and is vital to the modernization of school curriculums and long-term success of educators. For schools, E-rate eligible networking solutions mean an opportunity to deliver enterprise-grade capabilities, reliability and security needed to promote digital learning in K-12 schools and libraries. Read this overview to gain an understanding of how you can take advantage of E-Rate to build an infrastructure that is cost-effective yet scalable to your schools growing demands.


Learning in a Mobile-First Digital Environment

Classrooms are changing. Learning environments are now preparing students for their future work environments. Classrooms are shifting away from rows of desks, to an environment that promotes collaboration between students, teachers and learning devices. It’s what we call the Optimized Digital Classroom. To implement digital learning, a school must build the right infrastructure. As a result, IT professionals in education need to plan for the future and build a next-generation infrastructure that supports this digital learning environment and emerging technologies. In this solution overview, learn about the critical elements to help you build the optimized Digital Classroom for mobile first learning, and beyond.


Case Study: Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District

As the third largest district in Texas, and 22nd-largest nationally, Cypress-Fairbanks required a Wi-Fi system capable of securely supporting a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) environment and scaling to a half-million simultaneous connections daily. Read this case study to gain insight into infrastructure considerations and device policy management for deploying a network that would enhance the learning experience for students and guests alike.


Achieve Excellence with Blended Learning

As an educator, you know things are changing in your classroom—new educational techniques, new technology to help support those techniques, and a greater connection with each individual student. The world is changing and the way you teach your students is changing as well. Student-guided and technology-driven activities are helping create a truly personalized blended learning experience tailored for the needs and strengths of your students. The focus is more on the individual student. THE Journal has helped guide you through these transitions.


Schools Embrace Mobile Devices

To understand the issues K-12 faces in the midst of increased technology purchases and usage, THE Journal surveyed district and school personnel on matters related to E-rate participation, student device programs, major challenges posed by device usage, security matters and delivery of technical support, among other topics. Here’s a look at the findings.


Student Devices on the K-12 Network Infographic

Shifting to a student-centered education model requires that schools allow mobile devices for personalized learning. This also introduces new demands related to networking, security, technical support and more. To understand the new challenges, THE Journal surveyed K-12 educators and staff members on their practices related to device usage and security in their schools and districts. Here's what they report.


5 Ways to Bridge the Homework Gap

Anywhere/anytime learning can’t happen when students lack reliable, high-speed connectivity. Likewise, as school and teacher communications with families are increasingly handled through on-line forms, this "homework gap," as the February report points out, is becoming a "widening chasm into which parents/guardians also fall." If you're in one of the 75 percent of districts with no strategy for providing connectivity to students at home or after school, here are five ways to tackle the challenge of delivering internet access outside the classroom.


Accelerate Professional Learning

Download this informative white paper to explore how two districts help their educators create the collaborative, creative, and student-centered environment every student deserves. Two districts profiled here—one a pioneer in the use of 1-to-1 devices in the classroom and the other much newer to the pervasive use of educational technology—share their lessons for building a culture of change that’s both sustainable and scalable through regular professional learning sessions.