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Helping Students Learn with Reliable Wireless Connectivity

The explosion of mobile devices in schools underscores the need for fast, secure, reliable, and easy-to-manage wireless internet access—enabling students to learn anytime, anywhere, while letting school leaders focus on instruction rather than solving IT issues.
With the generous support of Aerohive Networks, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives, along with other relevant resources, to help you provide fast, reliable wireless service in your schools and communities.
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Poll: Teachers, parents want more technology

Poll: Teachers, parents want more technology

Results from a new poll suggest that parents and teachers support more use of technology to improve students’ education and real-world skills. The poll comes from the Leading…

Broadband: Huge potential, but access barriers remain

Broadband: Huge potential, but access barriers remain

Broadband internet access is crucial for student learning as online and blended learning expand throughout the country, but obstacles such as digital access and policy roadblocks must be…

Public-private partnership transforms school bus into mobile learning lab

Public-private partnership transforms school bus into mobile learning lab

With nearly 500,000 school buses transporting students daily in this country, one in particular stands out at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. Instead of the familiar…

Report calls for more broadband access in schools

Report calls for more broadband access in schools

School districts should provide a minimum of 100 megabits per second of bandwidth for every 1,000 students and staff members within the next two years, and federal lawmakers…

Nobel Peace nominee: Pay teachers more, focus on mobile technology

Nobel Peace nominee: Pay teachers more, focus on mobile technology

Sir Bob Geldof—an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor, and political activist—noted during the Consortium for School Networking's recent K-12 Technology Leadership Conference that the world's economy is…

Groups advocate for mobile learning, 21st century education

Groups advocate for mobile learning, 21st century education

Two working papers from educational technology stakeholder groups advocate for mobile learning and its ability to expand educational opportunities to students of all circumstances.…

Students want personalized learning, mobile technology

Students want personalized learning, mobile technology

More and more students own mobile devices, including tablets, and indicate a strong desire to use those personal learning tools in school to increase collaboration and access to…

Experts outline mobile learning tips

Experts outline mobile learning tips

Mobile learning and the ability to give students anytime, anywhere access to school resources are high on every educator’s list, but the technology brings with it valid concerns—including…

Education groups weigh in on digital media use policies

Education groups weigh in on digital media use policies

A new report from a number of prominent education groups aims to guide school leaders as they revise their mobile technology and social media policies to better reflect…

How enterprise-grade Wi-Fi supports interactive learning

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This paper examines how schools can apply 802.11n enterprise-class Wi-Fi technology while overcoming such traditional challenges as shrinking budgets, high network management costs, and nagging performance and reliability…

Tips and success stories for effective mobile learning

Tips and success stories for effective mobile learning

More and more schools are using mobile learning devices to help boost student engagement and achievement, and a new monograph from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) examines…

Piedmont students to get citywide wireless

Piedmont students to get citywide wireless

The city of Piedmont, Ala., may be less than six months away from setting up a citywide wireless broadband service—a project that started with a push to provide…

Solving the challenges of mobile device management

Part of the challenge for schools is that the federal e-Rate program, which provides telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries, does not discount the cost of the data plan.

While the potential for mobile learning with smart phones or other portable devices is huge, many challenges remain before everywhere, all-the-time learning becomes a reality.…

Schools to get $9M for off-campus wireless access

The FCC is trying to decide whether, and how, to extend e-Rate discounts to wireless service for off-campus use.

Government officials are handing out $9 million for projects that will help schools extend wireless internet connections beyond the classroom.…

Mobile learning: Not just laptops any more

Last fall, nearly 50 percent of middle and high school students said they carried some type of smart phone.

Not all that long ago, the term “mobile learning” implied laptop computers and mobile carts that were wheeled from classroom to classroom. Now, as a growing number of…

Survey: Schools need faster broadband speeds

Fast and reliable broadband access is critical for schools.

More than half of school and library respondents in a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) e-Rate survey say they provide some form of wireless internet access for school…

e-Rate gets facelift with wireless pilot, community access

Dark fiber will be eligible for e-Rate discounts under an FCC ruling.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sept. 23 voted to upgrade and modernize the federal $2.25 billion-a-year e-Rate program by allowing schools to make e-Rate funded, internet-enabled computers…

Coming soon: ‘Super Wi-Fi’ connectivity?

Tapping unused TV white spaces could help bring wireless connectivity at speeds ranging from 15 to 20 Mbps.

A new flavor of Wi-Fi, with longer range and better wall-piercing power, could show up in wireless gadgets a year from now if the Federal Communications Commission works…

Texas district streams video wirelessly on demand

Keller ISD installed a video-on-demand solution to enable the school district to deliver rich digital educational content to classrooms throughout the school district.

A Texas school system has set up a wireless network infrastructure that is capable of streaming high-quality video to students’ mobile devices—enabling true anytime, anywhere learning to occur…

Additional resources

Holly Area School District

Holly Area School District After a visit to Apple’s Cupertino campus, Holly Area School District’s Director of Technology was inspired to deploy MacBooks, iPads, Apple’s 21C digital media tools, and other devices to the district’s students, connecting them to the Wi-Fi network.

The iEverything Enterprise

The iEverything EnterpriseVirtualization, cloud computing, and wireless technology are fundamentally changing enterprise computing, providing revolutionary gains in productivity and cost savings. Powerful enterprise applications can now be delivered to almost any device, anywhere, at any time. .

Schools Graduate to Enterprise-class Wi-Fi

Schools Graduate to Enterprise-class Wi-FiThis paper examines how schools can apply 802.11n enterprise-class Wi-Fi technology in ways that pay while overcoming such traditional challenges as shrinking budgets, high network management costs, and nagging performance and reliability troubles.

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