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The K-12 learning environment has moved beyond the physical walls of the classroom thanks to behavioral shifts and digital connectivity. However, robust and speedy network services that are designed to keep student and faculty data secure come with a price tag. The cost of ongoing connectivity and keeping networks secure is a constant barrier for most school districts, but thankfully, the E-rate program gives them an opportunity to do just that. Take a look at the graphic below to see how the classroom environment has evolved, the threats... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As reliance on technology continues to grow, and students inevitably require greater access to web assets, schools have been keeping up by incorporating programs that allow for more devices and a more web-focused curriculum. While it’s important to provide these services, between paying for internet access and securing the network, they typically come at a great cost. To mitigate these costs, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its subsidiary, the Universal Services Administrative Committee (USAC), implemented the E-rate program,... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If our kids spent as much time studying as they do bypassing firewalls, we’d be cranking out Rhodes Scholars left and right. I spent several years as one of those all-too-typical public school tech guys. I taught math and science most of the time and had an extra period off during the day to handle every bit of technology in the school. Desktops, laptops, servers, network infrastructure, databases, you name it. Sometimes I had an intern (one semester I had two!). I’m not complaining - this is the reality for many public schools that, like countless... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 03, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends