All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
4.1 Recommendation: Ensure that students and educators have adequate broadband access to the Internet and adequate wireless connectivity both inside and outside school.
Students and educators need adequate performance in accessing the Internet and technology-based learning resources. Adequate means enough bandwidth to support simultaneous use of the web, multimedia, communication and collaboration environments, and communities from anywhere in school buildings, on the surrounding campus, and from locations throughout the community and at home. Critical to providing universal access for learning are the broadband initiatives being individually and jointly managed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Schools and districts should have up-to-date tools for network analysis to ensure adequate access as usage increases.
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