Friday, December 21, 2012

School District 211 will expand their bandwidth again

District 211 will nearly double their bandwidth again during the winter vacation.  A new contract with Comcast will increase the Internet bandwidth from 340mbps to 640mbps.  It is scheduled to go into effect on January 7, 2013.  The district has further plans to expand to a full 1GB of bandwidth during the summer of 2013.

Demand for more bandwidth is being driven primarily by two factors - more Internet content and more devices used by our students.  There has been a sharp increase in the amount of Internet-based content used by schools.  Schoology, Khan Academy, YouTube, Google and Twitter are becoming major components of a 21st century classroom.  There has also been an increase in the number of mobile devices used in school: students are bringing their cell phones, computers and tablets on their own, and the district has also begun to purchase large numbers of mobile devices (iPads) for students to use on a one-to-one basis.  With more devices accessing more content, it is critical to monitor and grow the capacity to connect to the Internet.

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