Education

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

Software Lending Library Pilot: Using Next-Gen GB Network to Provide Small Businesses Access to Applications

When a small business, a start-up or a non-profit organization needs expensive software, they often must use a trial version, find a donor or cobble together a short-term solution to meet their needs.  However, for those whose employees or donors have Kansas City Public Library cards, they may soon be able to “borrow” software. Software Lending Library  is a concept that uses existing technologies, which, when combined with a next-generation

Next-Generation Firewalls Secure 21st Century Schools

While digital learning has transformed K-12 education, enabling schools to offer enhanced learning environments and fostering better collaboration between schools and parents, this progress comes with challenges. Schools must be able to support today’s digital educational offerings while grappling with the security threats that accompany these next-generation learning tools. School districts are caught in a Catch-22: open networks up in unprecedented ways to take education to the next level while

THRIVE: Timely Health Alerts Using Remote Sensing & GB Broadband

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 to create transformative applications to leverage it, we talked about some of the exciting new applications being developed by US Ignite partners to  transform how Americans receive healthcare, access education, keep our communities safe, become more energy efficient, train employees, and manufacture goods. 

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

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