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Digital learning is on the rise. Blended learning, flipped classrooms and digital curricula engage students and help instructors to be more effective. Textbooks are being digitized and open educational resources (OER) are available online for mobile devices to provide rich and interactive content. Bring your own device (BYOD) and 1:1 computing initiatives are replacing wired computer labs, as most students now have consistent access to a laptop, tablet or Chromebook computer. With this advancement, schools need to be prepared with a reliable network that ensures students and teachers have anytime, anywhere access for uninterrupted teaching and learning. Importantly, as schools transition to more screen-based learning, they also need to protect student data privacy through secure network access.
Forest Hills’ legacy network could not keep up with the bandwidth requirements of an ever-increasing population of wireless devices. Established in 1956, several of the district’s twenty-four buildings were built with “RF unfriendly” materials, such as cinder block and brick, making it difficult to deliver fast and reliable wireless service.
“With the expansion of Chromebooks into the schools, we were finding that once you introduced more than 25-30 wireless devices on an access point, it would start to bog down and become a point of contention,” states Chris Alger, systems engineer at Forest Hills Public School District.