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Technology Solutions for K-12 Institutions

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The Internet is expanding the scope of our children’s classrooms far beyond their walls. To stay competitive and support the digital classroom, K-12 schools require:

  • A Scalable Network. Your network must be able to handle twice the number of users as you currently support, as well as four to six devices per user. 
  • Higher Bandwidth. Your network must support bandwidth-intensive resources such as e-textbooks, video streaming, homework servers and cloud-based applications. 
  • Wider Coverage. Network access must extend beyond the classroom to cover the entire campus, including high traffic areas such as auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums. 
  • Reliable, Easy-to-Manage Voice Solutions. Whether you’re communicating with teachers or keeping parents informed of their child’s performance, you need a voice system that you can count on. 
  • Security at the Edge. Wireless networks must be protected with stringent endpoints security and RF-intrusion detection tools. 
  • Data Storage and Backup. Protect data, systems, and your network from human misconduct, natural disasters, and technical failures

The Federal government has stepped in with funded programs to help:

  • E-Rate provides reimbursement for a portion of the expenses related to the delivery of network connectivity and more.
  • ConnectEd is an initiative that calls for a minimum Internet speed of 100 Mbps for schools.

FairPoint’s Education Technology Solutions team is a knowledgeable resource for schools considering how to leverage these programs. Speak with one of our education technology experts today or read more below about the trends we see in K-12 education that drive how are customers are using technology. 

K-12 Trends Driving Technology Solutions

  • Distributed Content & Shared Information. To remain competitive in the digital-learning world, K-12 schools are developing ways to share educational content throughout the district over their high-speed networks by distributing live music classes, recorded video art lessons, video chat, virtual field trips and other educational content. 
  • One-to-One Learning Initiatives. Many districts are empowering their students by opening a whole new world of learning. They are swapping traditional, printed textbooks for tablets, laptops and computers. Digital course materials provide students with the latest technology and access to the Internet. Educational institutions will continue to build new curriculum in and around this marriage of education and technology. Many schools are also using virtual field trips to help reinforce lesson plans. 
  • Standardized Testing. By putting down the No. 2 pencils and adopting online testing, schools have faster access to results. Online testing enables educators and parents to quickly assess students’ progress and better understand their strengths and areas needing additional focus. 
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). As mobile device ownership becomes more pervasive, students and teachers want to bring their own devices into classrooms. This trend has influenced schools around the world to consider BYOD. BYOD initiatives allow schools to leverage technology for enhanced teaching and learning. 
  • Safety, Security and Disaster Planning. Student safety is of utmost concern. But so is ensuring network availability since learning is so dependent on wireless network access during the day. Schools must not only have video surveillance on campus, but they also must consider how they will communicate with students, staff and parents in the event of an emergency or if they temporarily lost access to critical data or IT systems. 
  • Limited IT Resources: Many school districts struggle to keep up with rapidly changing network requirements. These requirements often exceed the limits of existing technology, as well as the capabilities of their in-house staff. Cloud-based, managed technology solutions can help schools meet growing demand for bandwidth while reducing management complexity, addressing security concerns, and ensuring high availability. 
  • Budget Constraints: Many organizations face budget constraints, especially educational entities. In every case, however, prudent investment in advanced technology services can lessen the burden and help these organizations achieve their strategic goals. Read FairPoint’s white paper on how next-generation technology services can solve IT budget challenges

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Through its fast and reliable network, FairPoint delivers a comprehensive range of affordable data and voice communications services to K-12 schools.

 

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