1. Brace for Bandwidth Pressure.
Many schools are beginning to realize that implementing technology in the classroom can take its toll on broadband Internet speeds. School districts are facing the reality of slow connections disrupting the classroom. Students may have difficulty logging on or get kicked off during their lessons because a school's Internet connection does not have the capability to support the additional devices in the classroom.
2. Stress Test Your Wireless Network.
Find out how many students will use wireless devices for assessments and other classroom activities. School IT departments need to understand how many wireless devices can be active at one time in the classroom without overloading their wireless network. It is important for schools to look at the wireless standards, performance and capabilities of the devices that will be used in the classroom and then perform a wireless survey to ensure their existing wireless infrastructure can handle these demands.
3. To BYOD or Not to BYOD.
Letting students bring their own devices to the classroom for learning can save money, but can also create greater potential for security issues. School IT departments must learn how to deploy and manage applications on student-supplied devices, and develop plans around BYOD if devices will be involved in testing activities.
4. Manage Firewalls Carefully.
Firewalls are critical security devices, blocking hackers as well as harmful viruses and worms before they reach a computer. However, firewall configurations can interfere with activity between student devices and the network. It is important for IT departments to look at how the firewall is configured and make sure that it can be set up to meet specifications that make learning the primary goal in the classroom.
5. Be Proxy Smart.
Web proxies can interfere with activity between student devices and the network, especially in an assessment environment; school districts need to ensure that web proxies do not "time out" after test-taking connections that may last more than one hour.
"More devices and applications are entering classrooms every year, and schools must seriously consider their system bandwidth as the demands on their networks increase," said
Insight works hand-in-hand with school leaders to help them meet the demands of the evolving classroom IT ecosystem. As part of that effort, the company recently launched Insight ON: Education, a news and digital information resource to help the education community use technology to improve teaching and learning.
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