K-12 school systems today are creative laboratories for the use of interactive digital technology. Just to keep up with the technical initiative of students, many of whom started using technology before they could walk, you need to provide access to a diverse range of educational content, applications and games on an assortment of tablets, PCs and smartphones. You also need to be able to support learning analytics, and, in the not too distant future, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Schools today, as a result, are scrambling to provide the bandwidth, cabling, cloud capabilities, as well as the in-classroom technology tools that will enhance both the learning and testing environments students and educators have at their disposal. The Federal Communications Commission offers E-Rate funds to help schools offset the cost of technology improvements, but each school system still has to be able to determine which technologies will be most effective for their student body.
Technology has become such an integral part of education that IT departments in K-12 educational systems are facing challenging assignments in all aspects of the educational experience. For example:
A flexible, blended model is replacing the one-size-fits-all classroom approach that kept every student in his or her seat facing forward. Teachers today are using digital technologies to engage students with more personalized learning experiences involving video, interactive games and applications at their desk or workstation. The technology in some classrooms, as a result, rivals that in corporate conference rooms. It needs to be fast, flexible, and durable.
Educational resources need to be able to follow students wherever they go by providing easy and secure access and applications designed for smaller screens; not to mention supporting and providing a consistent learning experience across a diverse array of devices, sometimes numbering in the thousands.
School administrators and teachers need to leverage big data and analytics to improve learning with personalized courses, feedback analysis, as well as cost analysis and ROI.
Cloud based authoring tools and learning platforms are growing at more than 50 percent a year in the U.S. Projected growth of top Learning Management System (LMS) is more than 200 percent for 2015.
As students have become more engaged with online data, applications and services across a variety of mobile devices on the front end, the data center requirements for K-12 schools have escalated dramatically on the back end. At the same time, school systems need to be able to step up to new technology without having to walk away from technologies they have invested in in the past.
Wired networks have to able to support escalating demands for continuous access to wireless networks that often extend beyond school boundaries. Some schools report a growth rate in capacity demand exceeding 50 percent a year. 1Gbps connections at each desktop and up to a10Gbps pipe for each school is becoming the standard
Key technologies in our book bag include:
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