Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Network Infrastructure Still a Concern for Schools

A recent survey from Enterasys, a network security firm, found that administrators and instructors understand the value of having technology in the classroom. The question is whether the networks schools are using can deliver, according to an article in eSchool News.

The study reported 21% of schools that participated in the study use digital textbooks and 36.5% plan to begin using digital texts within the year. However, just 26% of the schools said they can move to digital with their current network infrastructure.

While 84% reported they could monitor a student’s online activities as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, 27% said it was either impossible or difficult to customize access based on factors such as grade level. In addition, 46% plan to use online assessments as their only form of testing within five years, while 15% said it’s either impossible or difficult with their current infrastructure.

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