Over 1,000 K-12 school districts in the U.S. have deployed wireless LAN technology from Aruba Networks, which is part of an increasing trend to support mobile devices in education.
“K-12 districts understand the significant impact that mobile devices and instant access to learning resources and apps can have on their teachers, classrooms and most of all, students,” says Gerard Festa, director of vertical solutions at Aruba Networks.
The CDW-G 2011 21st-Century Classroom Report revealed that 94% of high school students already use technology to study or do homework, and the same percentage believe that technology skills will improve their educational and career opportunities. School districts are recognizing the value of ensuring that these tech-savvy students have access to the same tools in the classroom that they do at home.
The school districts that deployed the wireless LANs in 2012 did so to create a foundation for new technology initiatives and to accommodate the growing bring your own device (BYOD) trend in several verticals. With their wireless networks in place, these districts are quickly and cost-effectively addressing the mobile movement on their campuses while providing secure access to educational apps and resources.
Northwest Independent School District (ISD), which serves more than 17,000 students in Fort Worth, Texas, supports both corporate-liable and BYOD devices to enhance the learning experience and allow teachers and staff flexibility and efficiency in their daily activities.
Northwest ISD deployed the wireless LAN across its 25 campuses and in its district office to connect more than 10,000 district-issued mobile devices, including Dell laptops and iPads, as well as 3,000 student and staff owned devices.
“Our ultimate goal is to help kids learn, and we are proving repeatedly that students and teachers are using technology to improve learning,” says Carl Shawn, director of technology for Northwest Independent School District. “A key part of building this learning environment is allowing a wide range of mobile devices to connect to our network and access applications ranging from digital textbooks to academic assessment resources. Aruba made it easy for us to do this and ensure a good experience for our users, no matter what devices they are using.”