Protecting School Districts from Cyber Attacks during Online Assessments and Every Day

Whether referred to as Common Core, Standards of Learning, or Assessment of Academic Skills, the use of online assessments in today’s schools is the norm across the nation. To support online assessments – and digital learning in general – school districts need networks that are always on, have sufficient bandwidth and redundancy, and have adequate security in place to protect the information stored and moving across the network. Also district

Building a Best-in-Breed Open, Converged Network for Digital Learning

Today’s schools are immersing in digital learning, which is proliferating with the availability of a large selection of affordable mobile devices and high-quality digital content, access to cloud-based educational applications, and the expansion of wireless networks.  Today’s school district networks are critical to the success of students and districts as a whole. Unfortunately, according to recent research, only 40 percent of schools meet the bandwidth recommendations of what the State

Fitnet: Mobile Technology Enabling Better Health and Fitness

In our first few posts about  US Ignite, a nonprofit organization working to foster the build out of high-speed GB broadband and to activate a developer community that will create transformative applications that can leverage that high-speed broadband, we talked about some of the exciting new applications that are being developed by US Ignite partners. As we mentioned, US Ignite’s goal is to transform how Americans receive healthcare, access education,

BYOD is the new Normal for 21st Century K-12 Schools

As students in Maryland and Virginia headed back to class this month, some brought something previously forbidden with them: mobile devices. In years past, cell phones were routinely banned in many schools in the classroom and even on school grounds. However, as more schools embrace digital learning, some K-12 are embracing the devices rather than banning them. Many school districts are investing in laptops and tablets, but others are realizing

Next-Generation Classrooms Need Next-Generation Firewalls

Digital learning has transformed K-12 education. Today’s classrooms require significant amounts of bandwidth to support education applications, online assessments and virtual and blended learning.  Schools must be able to offer a wider array of digital education offerings while, at the same time, protecting their network, student records and other district information. To support these dual goals, school districts need more control over the applications and traffic on their networks. The

US Ignite Fostering New Apps through Test Beds of Creative Technology

In today’s podcast interview, US Ignite’s Dr. Glenn Ricart, founder and chief technology officer, and Bill Wallace, executive director, talk about the non-profit organization, the milestones it has reached, how they define next-generation networks and how they are working with communities across America to encourage developer involvement and innovation. In previous posts, we have heard from Juniper Networks’ Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of Product Marketing, who is on the

Newark Public Schools CIO Shares Insights on Disaster Recovery

Children across the country have headed back to schools that are ready and waiting for them. They have no idea all that it takes to prepare those schools for their arrival. While students are enjoying the summer, school districts never stop working, particularly when it comes to technology infrastructure. From applications students use in the classroom to payroll systems for school staff to collaboration platforms to keep parents informed, administering

Find out how to Create a Best-in-Breed Open Digital K12 Learning Network

Digital learning models are the norm in K12 education across the United States. From digital content and cloud‐based education applications to online assessment and BYOD initiatives, creating a solid, stable, scalable and secure network to support them can be a challenge. In fact, IT leaders in many K12 school districts find that legacy network infrastructure cannot easily scale and that their classroom Wi-Fi capabilities are overwhelmed or non-existent. Find out

New E-Rate Rules to Bring Schools into 21st Century, Close W-Fi Gap

The new school year is upon us, and K-12 institutions across the country have been opening their doors to students who are – hopefully – ready and eager to learn. While these students were enjoying their summers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was paving the way for schools to expand the resources that will help these students enjoy a richer and more engaging educational experience. The FCC’s recently adopted its

US Ignite Working across America to Connect Everything, Empower Everyone

In today’s podcast interview, Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of Product Marketing for Juniper Networks, talks more about why he got involved with US Ignite and why he is passionate about its mission to foster the build out of high-speed GB broadband across the country and activate a developer community that will create transformative applications to leverage that high-speed broadband. Marcellin, sees a strong connection between Juniper Networks’ founder Pradeep