As many of us know, Common Core is a set of high academic standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The standards outline what students are going to accomplish throughout each school year. The ultimate goal is to prepare America’s students for college and career as stated by the Common Core State Standards. In effort to achieve these goals, school systems are now being asked to integrate technology into their academic programs, i.e. digital materials, present with multiple media formats, as well as promote collaboration amongst students and schools with the use of blogs and social media.
The Common Core Initiative has been received with mixed reviews from parents across the country, however there are also challenges for educational IT departments as well. With all of the new technologies being introduced into the classroom, you now have increased devices connected to the network, higher bandwidth demands, speed expectations, increased wireless coverage, network security issues, and not to mention the budget to fund it all!
There are roughly 13,724 school districts in the United States with over 49 million students in K-12 enrollment. Today, 44 states have voluntarily adopted the Common Core Standards and are working to implement them. That’s a lot of devices connected to the internet! According to a survey taken by McGraw Hill, only 39% of schools have wireless access throughout their entire building, while 30% have wireless access in part of their building. A shocking 22% have NO wireless access at all! With the Common Core Initiative upon us, these schools need an update, and they need it fast!
So what type of infrastructure is needed to support this massive amount of bandwidth that’s going to be consumed? A lot of schools today are running on Cat 5e cabling, but in order to accommodate these types of changes today AND potential changes for the future, Cat 6A copper cabling is a much better option. Additionally these schools will need increased wireless access points and secure wireless access point enclosures throughout their facilities, not to mention additional servers, racks and cabinets. It is also recommended to go with high density cable management as well.
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