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Broadband preparedness

Broadband Preparedness

Amy McLaughlin and Carla Wade,

Oregon Department of Education

Odyssey 2013

Today s student a case study
Today’s Student – A Case Study

  • First PC – 2 years old

  • Learn to read at 5 so he could get a World of Warcraft account

  • Learned to text 4 years before learning how to make a phone call

  • Doesn’t understand why the is no WiFi in the car

  • Researches answers to anything on YouTube, Google, etc. What’s a card catalog?

  • Created own blog site at 11

  • Reads BBC news online because that’s his home page

  • Doesn’t watch TV – Netflix, YouTube, seeks own content & hates commercials

Today s student continued
Today’s Student – Continued..

  • Creates own video game walkthroughs

  • Loves free form games like Minecraft & Terraria

  • Has never had a LAN line home phone number. Got his own cell phone at 8.

  • Will watch videos, read book, listen to music and play games all at the same time.

  • School is boring

  • Worksheets are boring

  • Why do I need to do this? Need a real world reason to spend the time.

  • “You’re wasting my time.” I want to do something matters to the larger community.

Hip to be Square

This raises a few questions
This raises a few questions…

  • How do we prepare schools for kids arriving with these skill sets?

  • How do we keep school relevant and engaging?

  • How do we create learning opportunities for self-directed learners?

  • How do we equitably provide those opportunities for a diverse student population?

Group think
Group Think

How does the learning environment look today?

How do you want it to look tomorrow?

Changing education landscape
Changing Education Landscape

  • Collaborative learning, research & access to experts

  • Online classrooms

  • Cloud applications – Google Apps, ARC GIS, etc.

  • Digital content

  • Digital textbooks

  • Classroom exchanges

  • Online lesson plans

  • Data to the teacher’s desk top

  • Teacher development

  • State Educational Technology Standards

  • OAKS Online

  • SMARTER Balanced Assessment

  • VOIP

  • Future…

  • Student Information Systems

  • State Reporting

  • Parent Portal

  • HVAC Systems

  • Lunchroom Management

  • School Security Systems

Current challenge 1 bandwidth availability
Current Challenge 1 – Bandwidth Availability

Bandwidth available to schools is inadequate to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow in education.

Available bandwidth in many areas – DSL, aggregated T1 lines, 10 Mbps, etc. Or not available at all

Needed bandwidth – SETDA recommends minimum of 100 Mbps per 100 students

Oregon school broadband availability dots 10 mbps or less
Oregon School Broadband Availability(Dots <10 Mbps or less)

Minimum 100 mbps per 100 students
Minimum 100 Mbps per 100 Students

  • This level of access must be at the school’s connection to the Internet

  • High speed access outside of the I-5 corridor and major metropolitan areas

Caution: Need 100 Mbps per 100 Students for student usage. Does not include school operations needs.

* SETDA – “The Broadband Imperative” at

Gridlock at point of egress
Gridlock at point of egress

  • Many schools/districts have 100MB to 1GB internal network – connection to Internet becomes a gridlock for access with connectivity as low as 10 Mbps or 2-3 T1 aggregated data lines

Low volume internet connection

High Speed School Network Infrastructure – Up to 10 Gig

Connectivity needs today
Connectivity Needs Today

  • Eliminate gridlock.

  • 100 Mbps minimum from desktop through the Internet connection

Robust internet connection

High Speed School Network Infrastructure – Up to 10 Gig

Challenge of setting a minimum standard
Challenge of Setting a Minimum Standard

  • This number doesn’t always scale well.

  • Scales up well, but not down.

  • Example- 30Mbps may not be adequate for 30 students

    • Must include administrative support, data systems, and student information systems

    • Must include instructional support and use

    • Must include school operations

Group think1
Group Think

  • How is your district doing?

  • What challenges are you facing with increasing connectivity needs?

  • What creative solutions could you share?

Current challenge 2 personalized learning
Current Challenge 2 – Personalized Learning

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Adaptive learning tools and resources

  • Just in time learning

  • Accelerated learning

  • Self-directed, student interest based learning

  • Collaboration, creativity that spans the globe

  • Real world education, not just exercises

This generation
This Generation…

  • Research-based methods

  • Relevance

  • Rationale

  • Relaxed

  • Rapport

Digital learning trends
Digital Learning Trends

  • Mobile learning

    • Students are using mobile devices to access the Internet to research information, play skill building games, read e-text, record and listen to their own work.

  • Collaborative workspaces

    • Students are using blogs, wikis, Google docs and other resources do collaborate with their peers, parents, and communities to create, problem-solve, and share their products.

Trends continued
Trends (continued)

  • Cloud computing

    • Students are collaborating, editing, creating, and sharing resources through cloud applications such as VoiceThread, Animoto, Cosketch, Voki, Tagxedo, Yodio, Zoho, Corkboard, and Google Apps.

  • Digital Content and E-Textbooks

    • Many districts have provided digital content and access to eBooks allowing students access to content that is aligned to standards, specific to the child's academic needs, provides students with activities that are fun and engaging.

Current challenge 3 the digital divide
Current Challenge 3- The Digital Divide

  • Urban – Rural

  • I-5 Corridor – Rest of State starting 20 miles off I-5 Corridor

  • Cost of service

  • Equipment refresh plans & funding

  • Disparate technology experience and professional development of teachers

Equity issue byod home access
Equity Issue – BYOD & Home Access

  • Diverse student experience – some are uber- connected and some have little to no access to technology

  • Diverse parent technical experience and connectivity

  • Communities and homes with little to no access

Group think2
Group Think

  • What is the impact of BYOD on students?

  • What will it take to make BYOD successful in your schools?

  • How do you think BYOD affects student equity?

  • What policies or should you have in place to successfully manage BYOD implementation?

  • What creative solutions are there for BYOD and student equity in your school?

Current challenge 4 costs remain high for schools and continue to climb
Current Challenge 4 - Costs Remain High for Schools and Continue to Climb

  • Costs are inconsistent across the state

  • Costs are higher in rural areas

  • Need is higher in rural areas

  • Hardware ages and has to be refreshed


What are the solutions
What Are The Solutions? Continue to Climb

  • Your ideas?

  • What’s working?

    • In the learning environment

    • Across schools & districts

  • How do we do more of it?

  • What do we need to think differently about?

Opportunity extension of education outside of the school building
Opportunity – Extension of Education Outside of the School Building

  • Access to content, information and experts around the world

  • Internet to the school bus for students with long commutes

  • Internet access into homes

  • Extending learning to 24x7and integrating learning into the way we live

  • Creating life long learners

Opportunity improve community access to internet through schools
Opportunity –Improve Community Access to Internet Through Schools

  • Community access to online learning, job opportunities, higher education, certification programs, continuing education.

  • Improved community support of schools

  • Emergency response centers with communications hubs

Fall City High School/Community Library

What we have
What We Have Schools

  • EdConnect & Oregon Broadband Commission

  • State Technology Plan in development

  • Showcase classrooms and schools

  • Awareness that is building

  • Conversations and connections

    between initiatives

What we see coming
What we see coming… Schools

  • EdConnect –

  • Bandwidth to support teaching and learning, not just to accommodate testing

  • Greater student access to higher education classes

  • Competitive and educated distributed work force prepared to work in a mobile environment

What we need solutions that bring equity in
What We Need – Solutions Schoolsthat Bring Equity In :

  • Cost – standard, reasonable pricing for schools & districts regardless of location

  • Speed and service available

  • Access to digital devices

  • Access to digital content

  • Teachers that are providing students with opportunities to use technology for learning

Contact information
Contact Information Schools

Amy McLaughlin [email protected]

Carla Wade

[email protected]