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.
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.