The Top Tech Trends across Education and Government in 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and we’re preparing to turn our calendars to 2015. We at The Modern Network decided to take the opportunity to do some reflection on the technology trends and topics that dominated the discussion across both the federal government and education sector in the past year. Across the federal government, IT decision makers were focused on improving the security of their networks in 2014. They

5 Education Technology Resources for School Network Administrators

2014 has been a whirlwind year for anyone involved in education technology. With a focus on digital learning, BYOD and other innovations in K-12 schools, network administrators have their work cut out for them staying on top of current technology trends. As we speed through the holiday season and towards a new year, The Modern Network has put together some resources to help school network administrators close out the year

Internet Connectivity for Rural K-12 Schools Reaches Crisis; Government Commits to Fixes

We recently wrote about the troubling technology gaps in K-12 schools, particularly in rural areas. According to the 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, only nine percent of American school districts have sufficient bandwidth to meet the demand for online assessments and digital content anticipated over the next 18 months. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notes an estimated 15 million Americans in rural communities don’t even have access to entry-level

The Future of High Performance Computing on Display at SC14

Super Computing 14 (SC14), an annual, international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, was held November 16-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana. SC14 is known for, “spotlighting the most original and fascinating scientific and technical applications from around the world,” with a particular success in bringing together the HPC community from global public, private, and academic sector organizations. Much like previous years, our sponsor – Juniper Networks –

Troubling Technology Gaps Stand in the Way of Digital Learning in K-12 Schools Across America

More than 80 percent of K-12 school districts in the United States said that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) E-rate program’s current funding levels are not meeting their needs, which is leading to troubling gaps in broadband and technology infrastructure in schools across America, particularly in rural areas. The findings, according to the 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey also show that only nine percent of American school districts have

BYOD Enables Learning, Increases Engagement in K-12 Schools

Recently, we wrote about schools in Montgomery County, MD embracing mobile devices by supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practices. The county has adopted a technology initiative that aims to provide 40,000 computing devices to students this school year, with an eventual goal of bringing a total of 100,000 laptops and tablets into schools by 2017-18. They also aim to formalize the practice of BYOD and educate the community about

Education Technology Highlights Fall 2014

It seems like just yesterday K-12 schools were wrapping up summer vacation and heading back to the classroom…now Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. With so much going on in the education technology world, it’s hard to stay on top of it all—even here on The Modern Network. In case you’ve missed any of our education technology-related content this fall, we’ve put together a list of some of the

Majority of Internet Experts Predict High Speed GB Networks will Revolutionize Apps by 2025

In a recent canvass of Internet thought leaders, pioneers, and Internet builders, the Pew Research Center found that 86 percent of the 1,464 experts who responded believe major new applications will accompany a rise of bandwidth speeds in the United States by 2025. The respondents were asked “Will there be new, distinctive, and uniquely compelling technology applications that capitalize upon significant increases in bandwidth in the US between now and

Internet2 Technology Exchange to Explore IT for data-intensive Research

Next week’s Internet2 2014 Technology Exchange, hosted by Indiana University, will be a forum for technical visionaries and IT thought leaders to discuss the challenges that data-intensive research poses to IT network administrators at research and education facilities. Hosted by the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2 will include formal talks, panel discussions, and meetings on a variety of topics such as security; trust, identity and middleware applications;

DDoS Attacks on Schools are on the Rise: Is Your District Prepared?

In K-12 education, online assessments are increasingly becoming the norm and will become mission critical as states across the country implement the Common Core Standards this 2014-2015 school year.  In tandem, cyber-attacks on schools are on the rise. According to Gartner and other researchers, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on schools not only are increasing, but also are becoming more highly targeted, deliberate, sophisticated, and difficult to detect. These