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For students, teachers, administrators and others involved in the education sector, this season means one thing: back to school. As parents make efforts to prepare their children to return to classes, educators are working to ensure that the school and its resources are ready for the months ahead. And one of the most important assets here is the school’s network.
With students flocking to classrooms across the country, administrators must ask themselves, “Is the network ready?”
Classroom learning has changed considerably in the past few years. Text and workbooks have been replaced with laptops and tablets, and the chalkboard of yesteryear is more often a whiteboard or smartboard that enables more creative, collaborative learning.
As technological assets like these become increasingly important to daily lesson plans and the overall curriculum, the network that underpins these assets is an even more paramount resource to have in place.
Having technology like this in the classroom comes with numerous benefits, including:
The network architecture: Understanding your needs
Before administrators can take steps to ensure the preparedness of their networks, they must understand how this system works.
Education SuperHighway noted that the typical school district network includes three critical components. Taking a top-down view, the network begins with the internet service provider, who ensures that connectivity is available and students and teachers will be able to access the internet. This internet connection enables the creation of wide area and local area networks. A wide area network is more far-reaching, encompassing connections between different district locations and campuses. A local area network, on the other hand, includes the wired and Wi-Fi connections of a particular school or district office.
In order to make the best use of these resources, it’s important that administrators and IT staff take steps to ensure the network is ready for the influx of users headed its way. EdTech noted that there are a few essential efforts that can be made here, including:
Network security is something that must be a top priority within every institution – all the way from early to higher education. What’s more, it’s not just about protecting the students. Your school’s network represents a critical resource that requires its own safeguards as well.
For these reasons, it’s absolutely essential that schools partner with an expert that can help them leverage best-in-class tools to secure their network. Untangle has everything your institution needs to ensure top-notch network protection, and has experience working with an array of different educational organizations.
For more information, check out our case studies and contact Untangle today.
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