If technology is like the air we breathe, then the “Connected Classroom” should be the top concern for educational institutions. Senior level technology officers, regardless of budget, can work with the Cisco Education Division to evaluate and commit to a strategy for its school’s infrastructure.
The Center for Digital Education prescribes a scalable solution for K-12 education is now moving from solely school-owned PCs that are shared among students and used only during specific time blocks for mobile devices that are either loaned to individual students or supported under ”bring your own device” (BYOD) policies. Going from multiple students using a single device to a 1:1 student-to- device ratio by itself will significantly increase bandwidth demand on the school network (not to mention all of the other technologies demanding more bandwidth) – and many existing networks may not be able to support this type of demand.
Having a borderless network for your educational facility is a Cisco Systems' core business practice and product line diversity. There is no better resource than working with the educational team. There are three steps you can take as a technology officer:
- Envision and plan for next-generation learning
- Enable learning transformation
- Optimize education solutions
For California residents there is an important measure that will impact educational funding. Whether the proposition is passed or not, there are measures that the Cisco Education Team will do with your administration. They will assist you with a budgetary schedule, grant writing, and work with you on E Rate funding. Investment in the education sector can be detailed with their corporate responsibility.
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Source: The Examiner