K-12 school districts are faced with striking challenges, as well as opportunities to reshape how students are best prepared for college and 21st century careers. Schools can take advantage of emerging educational technology to meet the teaching needs while adhering to austere budgets. Delivering personalized learning to students requires rich, digital content including video and adaptive learning text books. One-to-one computing programs are a way to make sure all students enjoy the benefits of digital learning content. These are the critical technology issues facing school districts as they implement one-to-one computing. Addressing these issues will help school districts achieve their objective of learning success for all students.
Critical Technology Issues for One-to-One Computing Deployment
DELIVERING HIGH SPEED DIGITAL CONTENT
eTextbooks and video present high quality learning content at lower cost than traditional textbooks, but require high speed, ubiquitous Wi-Fi to connect every mobile device. Edge switches provide backhaul from the Wi-Fi access points and connect wired infrastructure to the network. High availability or fault tolerance are important to insure uninterrupted teaching.
PROTECTING STUDENT SAFETY AND PRIVACY
The network must selectively connect authorized devices and block unauthorized devices. This requires comprehensive policy enforcement that is based on device type, user, location, time of day, and many more attributes. Network integration with web filters and firewalls is also important. The network must be capable of both controlling and monitoring all devices and network activity.
In addition to easy onboarding of district-owned devices, a simple method for onboarding guest devices and instilling them with the appropriate access to Internet resources must be provided.
Visibility into application usage, website access, bandwidth consumption, and patterns of activity are important for optimizing the user experience and verifying that digital educational content is adequately delivered. This is also vital for optimizing the infrastructure and for short- and long-term planning.
COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE AND SUPPORT
Access to a global technical access center (GTAC) on a 24×7 basis ensures that all support questions can be answered promptly to keep the network functioning at all times. Prior to installation, it is important to survey and assess the RF characteristics of the site to determine optimal placement of access points and switches. Depending on the network support resources available within the district, network training and managed services may be required.
The solution described below provides school districts with Wi-Fi connectivity including an efficient means to on-board and manage both district-owned and guest devices. The system offers a single window for administering the network and setting policy to determine which resources each device can access, both within the school and across the Internet. The policy manages a range of parameters that determine device access rights, based on user, device type, location, time of day, and 40 more attributes.
Extreme is the only company in the industry that takes an architectural approach to bringing products to market from R&D to product release. As a result, all of our network products from wireless to wired are managed by a single Extreme Control Center network management console for easy administration by constrained K-12 IT teams. Our open, standards-based, and comprehensive SDN enables simple integration with third party technology such as web filters and firewalls. Extreme Networks has over 1,400 district customers spanning more than 17,000 schools nationwide, delivering the best educationally-focused networking solutions in the industry.
To learn more see our solution guides for Online Testing and Digital Citizenship, Student Privacy and Safety and visit Extreme Networks K-12: Primary / Secondary Education Solution Center
|Required Capabilities||Recommended Solution||How We Do It Better|
|High Density, Pervasive Wi-Fi Connectivity||• AP3805 802.11ac Access Points (2x2:2)|
• AP Licenses, Radar Licenses
• 2x V2110 Virtualized Controller for High Availability (for up to 1050 APs)
|• Highly scalable, seamless and secure mobile Wi-Fi connectivity|
|Wired Edge and Backhaul||• ExtremeSwitching X460-G2||High performance wired backhaul, cross-platform stacking, embedded application controls, PoE+|
|Control and Monitoring of Network Performance and All Devices||• Extreme Control Center|
• Extreme Identity and Access Control
|• Single pane of glass management system provides centralized visibility and end-to-end granular control of the unified network|
|Services and Support||• Maintenance|
• Professional Services
• Site Survey and Analysis
|• Extreme Networks’ Global Technical|
|Application Usage Visibility and Insight||• Extreme Application Analytics||• Visibility into applications and websites being accessed with reported user experience measurements from every part of the network|