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Seeing Triple

by Sam Morris

Lenovo Education

Article excerpt

Equity Through EdTech: Bridging the Digital Divide

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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Staying On Top of Technology Infrastructure Demands

The 2016 K-12 Horizon Report lays out a lot of potential that can be gained through technology. But realizing that potential requires bandwidth and infrastructure which come at a cost both in terms of labor and monetary outlay. It’s a real Catch-22 in education as well as in other industries: technology is providing a lot of new opportunities and potential, but it comes at a cost in terms of the infrastructure and bandwidth necessary to adopt the new technologies that students, teachers and parents are continually clamoring for. What is your school system doing to prepare?

According to the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) the average school system will need to triple bandwidth over the next three years. As districts move to one-to-one and other programs it’s important to carefully monitor the impact on the network and to attempt to stay ahead of the bandwidth demand curve. The SETDA report offers some recommendations for addressing these demands.

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