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CoSN Smart Education Networks by Design Guidelines for School CTOs


SEND Guidelines and Checklist ready for download and discussions.  March 2014

Wordle: CoSN SEND Guidelines for CTO's March 2014

Without robust infrastructure and resilient MAN/WAN and ISP strategies, your network may not be ready to support your 1:1 and mixed environments such as BYOD.  Down load the checklist to aid in your upgrade review and planning.

Core Recommendations:

☑ Recognize that education networks have become one of the most critical infrastructure components of any school’s operations

☑ Recognize that 1-to-1, or many-to-1 technology programs are quickly becoming mainstream, and plan for bandwidth capacity accordingly

☑ Start every Education Network planning and upgrade process by closely consulting with

teachers and administrators regarding intended uses of technologies in the classroom and ensure that network hardware and services are capable of supporting peak loads

☑ Plan for substantial training and support of teachers and staff as part of any technology rollout

☑ Understand that accessing content and resources while outside of the classroom – from home, class field trips, and in the community – is as critical to effective learning as in-class connectivity

☑ Ensure that rigorous security measures, regardless of the type of connection, are built into your network design – this is both for the purposes of preventing unauthorized access to network content and resources, as well as complying with federal and state student protection laws

☑ Make design choices that lay a foundation for the future, both in terms of scalability and the ease with which new device capabilities and technologies can be supported.


Priorities from US Dept of Ed OET’s Richard Culatta


In an eschoolnews interview posted 9/19,  Dr. Culatta outlined three key priorities on which OET is focusing:

Ensuring that each classroom in every school across the country has broadband access. “All of the other great ideas about redesigning aren’t possible if we don’t have connectivity,” Culatta said, adding that if U.S. students are to compete with students from other countries that have made classroom broadband a priority and reality, U.S. students need that same connectivity.

Personalized learning has incredible potential, if only it can become a common practice. Personalizing learning for a classroom of 30 students, all with different strengths, needs, and challenges, is “really hard to do, maybe impossible to do, without technology,” Culatta said. OET hopes to help school and IT leaders and classroom teachers redesign the learning experience for students.

Using data to support teachers, students, and parents as they make better decisions about learning. “Data totally changes their outlook because they have real-time learning,” Culatta said. Parents can become more involved in their children’s school assignments and learning if they have access to relevant data, such as if their child needs additional work on certain math concepts.

What do you think?  Right emphasis coming into 2014 and looking forward?

Response to: Discovery Education Part Duex: Beyond the Textbook Continues.


Response to .The Principal’s Page, Supt. Mike Smith

It was a pleasure to meet and learn from you, Mike. I am still processing the event. One path of thinking is to focus on “Beyond” and think of it as the call to supplement and not supplant the textbook. I don’t think I took that angle of consideration during the event.

A larger question of the purpose of a “textbook” considering the current, or more likely next, generation of connected mobile devices is yet to form. I challenged Iowans on my return to think of an always connected “Living” book that is perpetually updated, social in construct, and presents multiple paths to learning about and expanding on a topic. Caught in a not 100% connected truth, my guests had a hard time visioning about what they want by the time our 2014 Kindergarten class is likely to graduate using by middle grades in 2021 or even by high school. I am not imagining the status quo for another generation. I cannot imaging a “textbook” without some ability to “intelligently” help students learn and explore; to experiment and contemplate; to hear multiple voices and explanations; to learn of generations past in all parts of the globe represented equally in their resources without prejudice. These connected-textbooks assist the learner and the teacher reducing the curation burden and perpetual testing of cloud resources for validity and stamina. Why not integrate Siri-style natural language questioning into a living-book, for example?

Still tumbling through the past, present and possible futures. An exciting time for education, indeed

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