Desktop Research: Challenges for which High-Speed Networking might Present Solutions

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your press clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Jan 27, 2015. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • High Speed Internet and K-12 Education
    This website examines the challenges related to information and communication technology K-12 schools are currently experiencing. Following a discussion of these challenges, benefits high-speed networking could provide K-12 education and recommendations for application in schools are discussed. Included on this website is a downloadable PDF fact sheet including this information for easy sharing.- jmorrison jmorrison May 11, 2015One of the things I like about this group is that their partnership lineup really reflects lifelong learning--one rarely sees veterans, retirees, and various education groups at the table together. Do you all feel that this diversity comes across in the organization's materials? - marcia.mardis marcia.mardis May 13, 2015- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015- marieb marieb I do see the diversity @jmorrison, but I also see old-school thinking. More focus on tech as a content-delivery system than a catalyst for student agency and power?
  • Igniting Change in Vehicle City: High-Speed Networking Brings Game-Changing Capabilities
    This article describes the changes that have occurred in Flint, Michigan as a result of the high-speed networking projects. The author highlights expected improvements to health care, neighborhood, universities, and K-12 schools. By constructing faster fiber-optic networks, leaders are working to expand the ability of Flint schools to access virtual learning. - Sam Sam May 6, 2015- ann ann May 24, 2015Ann-this is an important one to observe and follow since it is a GENI site, ubiquitous ultra high speed broadband, encompasses nearly an entire population, has some visionary leadership; as an aside, might make an interesting longitudinal cohort study beginning with some k+ cohort.

  • Technology in Education jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    This article presents the trends and challenges occurring in education resulting from quickly changing technology. The author identifies three areas: technology infrastructure, research, e-learning, mobile computing, and social networking, and briefly discussed opportunities and challenges for schools. The author raises the need for better infrastructure that would support high-speed connectivity these trends require.
  • Education Superhighway: The Connectivity Gap jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    Overall, this website offers a wide range of resources about K-12 connectivity. Resources are available about K-12 connectivity for educators, school districts, and states. Of particular use to educators is The Challenge section of this website. This section discusses the need for high-speed connectivity in K-12 classrooms, what high speed is important, and a visual mapping of typical school system networking and suggested improvements to school system networking. It seems the gap has moved from having or not having internet access to having slow internet access or fast internet access. I have not heard any say lately that they wish the internet would slow down. I believe there was a resource we came across working on the Horizon K12 report that talked about internet being something that would eventually just transmit through the air around us, be ever prescent. Not something we had to connect to. - jmorrison jmorrison May 14, 2015- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015
  • Solving the Problem of School Bandwidth
    Evan Marwell, founder and CEO of EducationSuperhighway, discusses the bandwidth schools need, the current problems schools and school districts encounter with bandwidth, and how his non-profit is trying to provide help to schools. Marwell identified two major high-speed networking problems: a shortage of technical knowledge in individual schools and lack of available funding for internet access. Marwell closes by stressing the importance of adequate bandwidth in classrooms to improve the quality of students’ education.
  • Broadband and the Future of Learning
    In this article, the author describes how high-speed networking in schools will allow students to become productive citizens in a highly-technical world. Connected learning is discussed as one possibility that high-speed connectivity can support. The author highlights connected learning as the “future of education” allowing students to learn outside of the classroom and providing internet access to all students. The idea of connected learning resonates. The emphasis is not on the technology itself but on technology as a tool for teaching and learning.- jmorrison jmorrison May 14, 2015 - marieb marieb May 18, 2015 This article nicely places students at the center of learning with connectivity to enable them. Good points about connectivity, access, personalization, and equity.
  • High-Speed Broadband Access is Critical to Success of All Students jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    In a response to the FCC’s call to improve the current status of E-rate, the authors highlight the necessity of high-speed broadband for digital learning. Improvements in the existing technology within classrooms is important for educating students so that they can be successful in a 21st Century workplace. The authors link the ability of schools to provide students with high-quality learning to the availability of high-speed access in K-12 schools.- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015
  • K12HSN: California K-12 High Speed Network
    This website for California’s K-12 high-speed network program is an example of how one state has approached increasing high-speed access in K-12 schools. The focus of K12HSN is to provide teachers, students, and school staff with access to useful online resources. K12HSN demonstrates how high-speed networking can aid school districts in overcoming difficulties often experienced when delivering online learning and resources to educators and students.
  • Enterprise and Mobility: Building the K-12 Networks of the Future
    This report discusses the improvements and innovations that high-speed connectivity can bring to K-12 schools. By enhance technology and communications infrastructure, K-12 schools can improve and support emerging e-learning trends including online assessment, collaborative learning, and higher level learning technologies. This report identifies several common internal and external challenges school districts encounter when developing high-speed networking, along with possibilities for overcoming these challenges.- ann ann May 24, 2015Ann a bit outdated - from 2011.
  • The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs
    This report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) provides an overview of the need for high-speed broadband infrasture in K-12 schools nationwide, the current state of broadband in schools, homes, and communities, technology trends demand, high-speed broadband, and recommendations for K-12 policy makers and school officials. High-speed broadband would allow schools to offer students “technology-rich learning environments”, as well as improve online assessment and classroom management systems. In closing, the report suggests practical steps federal, state, and local school leaders can do to advocate for broadband. - Sam Sam May 6, 2015- KSchwartz KSchwartz May 13, 2015- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015
  • High-Speed Video Conferencing Brings Georgia Tech Experts Directly Into K-12 Classrooms jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    The possibilities for video conferencing in K-12 schools is examined in this article from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In the Direct to Discover (D2D) program, Georgia Tech researchers are able to connect and collaborate with K-12 classrooms. This article demonstrates the potential for students and teachers to benefit from the knowledge of researchers at universities and colleges from around the world. Through the use of high-speed networks, students are provided with the opportunity to engage with innovative technologies that support their education.
  • The Bandwidth Schools Have and the Bandwidth They Need jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    This article examines the current bandwidth inadequacy schools are experiencing across the United States and what bandwidth schools actually need to meet teacher and student needs. The author identifies several areas that can be improved by high-speed connectivity in schools including data storage, online testing, educator professional development, and student digital literacy skill development. Additionally, the author discusses ways school districts can assess the bandwidth that may be required depending on different purposes.- KSchwartz KSchwartz May 13, 2015. - jwerle jwerle May 15, 2015- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015
  • Many Schools Lack Internet Capacity for Tests
Using California as a case study, this article describes the difficulty school districts may experience with online testing as a result of connectivity issues. Significant upgrades to allow schools, especially those in rural areas, to ensure that student can complete the state required online tests. The author details the struggle to find funding for high-speed connectivity that California school districts are currently experiencing.
  • Troubling Technology Gaps Stand in the Way of Digital Learning in K-12 Schools Across America
    This news article examines the technology that exist in K-12 schools that prevent many school districts from offering student’s online assessment and digital learning. The results from a survey by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) demonstrate school districts’ concerns with the expense and consistent funding for connectivity, issues with infrastructure capacity and reliability, and slow connectivity for rural schools.- KSchwartz KSchwartz May 13, 2015
  • Connecting America’s Schools to Next-Generation Broadband]]
    This press release from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) briefly discusses President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative and how NTIA helps provide K-12 schools with high-speed connectivity. Quality internet connectivity is critical for providing online courses, online assessment, and research opportunities to students in urban, suburban and rural areas. In this release, NTIA’s past programs and a case study of one public school system is presented.
  • Smarter Spending for Smarter Students: Upgrading Arkansas’ K-12 Broadband
    Through a partnership with Education Superhighway, Arkansas is striving to lead the country in implementing President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative and increasing all students’ access to broadband connectivity. By meeting broadband needs, Arkansas’ student will be able to engage in digital learning activities as never before. This reports offers readers a detailed discussion of Arkansas’ approach, successes, future goals, and recommendations.
  • Digital Learning in California’s K-12 Schools
    This summary of the current state of digital learning in California’s K-12 schools and the need for improvements to greater bandwidth. An increase in bandwidth is need to allow students’ access to video conferencing, virtual field trips, and online testing. The challenges of providing high-speed connectivity to rural schools and districts are discussed.
  • Catching On At Last: New Technology is Poised to Disrupt America’s Schools and Then the World’s
    This news article discusses the changes that will take place in schools across America and international as a result of new technologies. Student evaluation, online coursework, podcasting, and flipped classrooms are a few of these changes the author predicts will spread through technology improvements. Additionally, the author describes how changes to the quality of education will impact industry and its future workers.
  • E-Rate Modernization: A New Paradigm for Connectivity jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    Written for educators and school leaders, this white paper by Cisco examines how the modernization of E-Rate will impact connectivity in K-12 schools. Reasons and goals for modernization, along with changes to the E-Rate application process, are explained. In the “Next Steps” section, the paper outlines improves E-Rate modernization will bring to the digital experience of teachers and students.- keith.bockwoldt keith.bockwoldt May 17, 2015
  • Equal Internet Access is a K-12 Must Have
    In a commentary, the author presents equal internet access as a necessity for K-12 schools. High-speed connectivity is needed for “democratized learning”. For students who live in rural or low-income areas, school may be one of the few places for internet access. To be success in the 21st Century, high-speed and reliable Internet access is required for all students.
  • FASTERArkansas jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    This website for FASTERArkansas, an organization driven to provide all of Arkansas’ students with high-speed connectivity, offers an example of one state’s approach overcoming technology gaps in K-12 schools. Included on this website are discussions about connectivity issues schools are current experiencing and expected benefits as a result of changes to Arkansas legislation on technology and education.
  • Online Learning: Trends in K-12 Education in Texas
    This report focuses on the history of online learning in Texas, relevant legislation, future growth, and highlights the Florida Virtual School program. Included is a discussion of the potential for online education and the need for high-speed connectivity to support demand. Although the report is geared towards educators and school officials in Texas, it examines the beginning and future of online education, including the importance of high-speed technology.
  • Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Development
    Created by the Office of Education Technology focuses on President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, Future Ready Schools details the important role of online professional learning in providing high-quality learning for student. This document discusses how online and connected learning, communities of practice, and social networking can be brought to schools through high-speed networking.
  • Connected Educators
    Connected Educators Month (CEM) initiative connecting educators and education supporters from across the world and provides professional development. The website’s resources include events for participation, blogs, newsletters, publications, podcasts, and in-house social network site. Through CEM, educators and others can access information on a range of digital learning activities for use in the classroom.
  • Anytime, Anywhere Learning: New High-Speed Wireless Internet Technology Shows Potential for Improving Education in Rural Areas
    Rural schools and communities often suffer from a lack of internet connectivity. This case study highlights Georgia Tech’s work with WiMax, a set of standards for wireless connectivity, and its connection with education. For rural schools, internet service providers using WiMax infrastructure can supply “anytime, anywhere connectivity”.- ann ann May 24, 2015article about 10 years old -
  • SETDA: Online Assessment jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    SETDA provides states and school districts with a number of resources including publications, as well as links to relevant resources and reports. In the “Implementing Assessment” resources, case studies of states currently using online assessment and states planning for online assessment are presented. Through partnership with six assessment organizations, SETDA helps schools develop the infrastructure necessary to support online assessment.
  • Broadband and Education: The Promises, the Challenges
    Produced by Internet Innovation Alliance, this document outlines the critical role high-speed networking has in spreading and encouraging access to educational resources. Two key areas are recognized as supported by this access: online and blended learning and personalized learning and decision-making. While there are still challenges to successful use of broadband in K-12 schools, improvements in connectivity offer many opportunity for online learning.
  • The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education jbillings jbillings May 16, 2015)
    This policy brief discusses five recommendations for policymakers that are necessary to significantly change K-12 education. Particularly relevant to high-speed networking are issue #4 supporting innovative educators and issue #5 support new learning models through connectivity, data systems, and security.
    - marcia.mardis marcia.mardis May 18, 2015The number of states requiring online learning experiences prior to graduation is growing. This one is important!
  • The Right to High Speed Internet:The government should enact legislation immediately to require ISPs to provide the highest possible speeds to the largest group of people and let whoever can provide the best service win. If that's a large ISP or a municipal ISP it shouldn't matter. Fast, stable and affordable internet is something that everyone should have access to regardless of where they live.
  • Nevada threatens legal action for broken $4M school testing:
    Even with the increased number of servers, the platform does not support the number of students currently accessing the system," said Measured Progress in a statement. "We're working around the clock to deliver the Smarter Balanced assessments."- jmorrison jmorrison May 11, 2015
  • Edtech must do more to advance equity: This article references the new USEd developer's guide which talks about what education needs from developers. Among the top 10 problems: serving as a tool for equity, not just engagement. - marieb marieb May 18, 2015 also check out the guide itself: