Schools facing Internet upgrade




For years, schools have been trying to add computers or iPads for online classes, and they’ve been debating whether to let students use their smartphones or other devices to get online during the school day.

Behind the scenes, school officials also have been working to ensure buildings have enough Internet capability to connect all the gadgets at speeds that users have come to expect. That Internet capability is called bandwidth. The greater the bandwidth, the more students and teachers can get online to watch videos or take tests without connection troubles or slow-downs.

Clark-Pleasant uses about half of the bandwidth it pays for. The rest can be used in case an unusually large number of students or teachers try to log online simultaneously, technology director Jim White said.

The bandwidth Clark-Pleasant receives from the three Internet providers should be enough for at least a year. But then it and other local school districts will need more to keep up with a growing number of online lessons as well as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers exam, which all Indiana students in grades 3 through 11 will take in 2015.

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