High school students and faculty now have the speed and reliability
to support increasing bandwidth demands of a digital and mobile learning
Enhanced interactive mobile learning for every student, including
access to online tutors, supplemental learning resources, and
media-rich lessons and materials – all with the student’s individual
needs in mind
Improved classroom management by empowering teachers to control the
viewing content available during class time
Inspired innovation by teachers to draw on resources that exist beyond
the schools walls
Personalized and complete communications system solutions that are
tailored to meet school’s needs, while enhancing the learning
experience for all students
Total service and support provided by dedicated, knowledgeable sales,
service and support staff who live and work nearby and who understand
educational needs and challenges
Superior infrastructure, including dedicated Internet access that
features fixed-rate dedicated connections with speeds from 1.5 Mbps to
1 Gbps – ensuring the fastest speeds and greatest reliability
The C Spire Wireless hosted solution will ensure that
financially-strapped school districts will not have to bear the
financial burden of overwhelming upfront costs to purchase equipment
that can quickly become obsolete
RIDGELAND, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Jackson Prep students just got significantly faster and it has nothing
to do with athletics. That’s because last fall, the school’s new
state-of-the-art dedicated Wi-Fi infrastructure went live with the help
of C Spire’s Education Revolution next-generation technology solution.
The Mississippi-based telecommunications-based diversified technology
company and Flowood institution joined forces to make Jackson
Preparatory School Mississippi’s first academic institution to receive
the comprehensive hosted high-speed Internet solution – opening the
doors and the possibilities for other Mississippi schools to bridge the
digital divide and help their students prepare for 21st
century skills through digital learning.
Jackson Prep’s technology plan focuses on preparing students for the
technologically sophisticated classroom they enter upon graduation, so
the fact that in the 1999-2000 school year Prep was the first school in
Mississippi to install a campus-wide wireless network is not surprising.
However, rapid advances in technology have made frequent upgrade and
replacement a challenge. The Prep-funded scalable Wi-Fi solution removes
the overwhelming upfront costs and allows the school’s wireless
infrastructure to keep pace with the academic rigor and excellence that
has always been part of the classroom experience.
C Spire’s hosted Wi-Fi solution, which was installed at the school over
the summer, features over 100 access points throughout Jackson Prep’s
campus, providing super-fast and secure wireless internet coverage in
every corner of the school. The solution also provides simultaneous
wireless connections for every student in every classroom and throughout
the campus – allowing for immediate access to essential web-based
resources and digital learning tools like digital textbooks, library
e-databases, reverse learning podcasts, electronic submission of
assignments, real-time lectures, mobile applications, and so much more.
“For decades, C Spire has been dedicated to enhancing educational
opportunities for Mississippi students though wireless technology. We
understand Mississippi’s educational challenges and believe that part of
the collective solution should include an advanced technology
infrastructure. By offering students, faculty and staff essential
digital and mobile learning tools, networks and support, we can make a
real difference,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. “Our
Education Revolution initiative for schools like Jackson Prep leverages
our expertise in wireless and wireline technology and fiber optic
infrastructure to offer students the access to digital learning tools
they need to compete in today’s mobile world.”
With the rapid growth in the use of mobile devices, coupled with the
development of electronic textbooks and educational apps, elements are
in place for a successful implementation of mobilizing education.
However, a device or app is only as good as the network on which it
runs. Robust, highly reliable data networks are essential to the digital
migration in academia.
C Spire’s hosted Wi-Fi solution at Jackson Prep allows students and
faculty in every classroom to have simultaneous access to web-based
interactive learning material, widespread online testing and mobile
educational apps. Additionally, Jackson Prep’s customized network
features TeacherView – a powerful, yet simple app for teachers that
allows them to see, manage and control the students’ connection status
instantly and seamlessly. Teachers can adjust connectivity based on the
curriculum and plan for the day. For example, they can enable access to
internet resources for class time use and disable at testing time.
“TeacherView is just one example of how C Spire’s hosted Wi-Fi network
has enhanced the educational process and student experience at our
school,” said Denny Britt, COO of Jackson Preparatory School. “The
network infrastructure C Spire has put in place at Prep is helping our
teachers bring innovation directly into each classroom and helping our
students develop 21st century skills they need to be
successful as they move on to college and beyond.”
Britt and Laura Bishop, head of IT at the school, said C Spire helped
accelerate implementation of the school’s technology development plan
with the hosted WiFi solution. “C Spire took our [Jackson Prep] 3 – 5
year wireless infrastructure technology plan and made it a reality
within 6 months,” Bishop said. “That’s progress on the fast track.”
Benefits of C Spire’s Education Revolution solution
Whether it’s experiencing a new lesson through a podcast or online
access to tutors and mentors, the benefits of digital learning hosted on
a fast and reliable network, like the one C Spire has deployed at
Jackson Prep, are real, significant and lasting:
“C Spire is excited to offer Mississippi students and educators a
viable, affordable, and workable solution to help make our state a
leader in education and student achievement through access to a
customizable, scalable and robust mobile learning environment,” Meena
C Spire’s technology solution responds to the rapid development and
introduction of new digital learning strategies and tools for schools
throughout the state and nation.
Access to Digital Learning Tools
Digital Textbooks: Digital textbooks are more portable and
convenient for students. Mobile devices also serve as a consolidated
repository for academic resources. Instead of carrying around
textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, and other study aids in a
backpack, a mobile device provides students instant access to a
multitude of resources.
Mobile Applications:Numerous apps have been created to
support traditional teaching and learning activities. Some of these
replace existing learning plans and teaching methods, while others
supplement the more familiar in-class instruction.
Teacher/Student Interaction: If teachers upload videos of the
daily lesson or instruction, students are able to watch it later and
review if there was a concept they missed or didn’t understand the
first time. The opportunity for review extends beyond the classroom
setting and can be done in the privacy of one’s own home or on one’s
digital device. It also gives students the chance to take control of
their own education and make decisions based on their personal
learning style and speed.
Supplementary Learning and Tutoring: Students can easily
interact with web-based tutors, sites or other resources through
software that can be used on any device with computing capabilities.
Students can easily interact with tutors in another location, despite
not being geographically together.
C Spire is an industry leader in developing technology-based solutions
for consumers, businesses and schools to help meet their voice and data
communications needs. In addition to the deployment of its Education
Revolution initiative at Jackson Prep, the company has developed unique
programs and provided innovative solutions to schools, communities and
businesses throughout Mississippi – improving the future for residents
and businesses and making a difference through technology access.
For more information about C Spire’s Education Revolution and other
network solutions that company can provide, please visit www.cspire.com.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class service and a superior, comprehensive
suite of customer-inspired wireless communications, high-speed Internet
access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to
consumers and businesses. This news release and other announcements are
available at www.cspire.com/news.
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About Jackson Prep
Jackson Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college
preparatory day school enrolling 800 students in grades six through
twelve. The school is located on a 74-acre campus east of Jackson and is
the largest independent secondary school in the state of Mississippi.
The Prep faculty/staff is comprised of over 100 dedicated and
experienced professionals, including 44 who have earned post-graduate
degrees. Seven faculty members hold doctoral degrees. The student body
is diverse, representing various racial, ethnic, economic, and religious
groups. For more information about Jackson Prep, visit www.jacksonprep.net
or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jacksonprep
or Twitter at https://twitter.com/jacksonprep.
Dave Miller, 601-974-7725
Source: C Spire