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Is Your Bandwidth Up To Par?

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

EdTech Focus on K-12

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Is Your School’s Network Ready for the Future of Education?

A few weeks ago, “The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K–12 Edition” outlined coding, online learning, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality as the key education trends for the next five years. But is the average school’s network ready for such developments?

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Collaborating to Meet Current and Future Bandwidth Needs

The use of technology in school systems around the country is foundational to the delivery of education in the 21st century. That use is only expected to grow. According to the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), ensuring adequate high-speed internet to meet all needs is critical for the future of schools around the country. The question is: is your network infrastructure prepared to handle increased demand?

Monitoring current, and predicting future, bandwidth demand is a critical function of educational IT leaders. But monitoring alone is not enough. IT needs to reach beyond its traditional siloed function to connect, and work with, educators, administrators and others to ensure capacity will be available to meet future demand based on current, and developing, strategies. It’s a collaborative process that can also benefit from input from trusted vendors.