How To Test If Your School Is Actually Ready For Digital Learning

So you want a 1:1 classroom … or perhaps a BYOD classroom. Or maybe you just want a couple iPads for some project-based learning. That’s wonderful. But what if your school’s wi-fi isn’t up to snuff? What if the process of browsing the web feels like you’re back on your 14.4 baud modem hoping the AOL gods connect you to the web?

Sadly, most schools can’t come up with the recommended amount of bandwidth. About 80% of all schools fall short, actually. That’s according to the State Education Technology Directors Association. They say most schools can’t provide the 100Mbps per 1,000 students bandwidth needed for fast browsing and downloading.

So how do you check if your school has what it takes? The non-profit Education Super Highway has announced a National School Speed Test initiative with the goal of actually helping you figure out how slow (or fast) your connection is for your entire school.

Click here to test your school’s connection speed

The organization hopes to measure every K-12 school and figure out which ones are lagging behind (get it? lag? internet jokes?)The results of the speed test will be available to the schools that take part, districts, and state departments of education. Hopefully this helps that 80% of schools make a case for a faster connection to the web.

3 Comments

  1. MV

    September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Too bad the actual website doesn’t even work. Whomp, whomp… I guess they are behind as well. Tried to look up Trenton, NJ and the find is disabled. There goes that.

    • Jeff Dunn

      September 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Worked for me, but it may be down from time to time. Sorry! (Love the term ‘whomp whomp’ too by the way)

  2. smd

    October 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Error on page when I click “Find schools.”