Today, Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) announced the Designing Education Networks (DEN) initiative at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego, CA. DEN will provide guidance and resources for school district technology decision makers in developing wireless infrastructure to support a one-device-per student 24/7 learning environment.
According to the new CoSN K-12 Leadership Survey 2013, sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA) and in partnership with MCH Strategic Data, the top three priorities of district IT leaders are: 1) Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) efforts; 2) being IT Ready for the new Common Core Standards assessments; and 3) broadband access. The DEN initiative will provide vendor-neutral tools and resources to address these priorities.
The overall goal of DEN is to help put “always on, always connected” mobile devices in the hands of K-12 students and teachers by providing school systems with the knowledge to wisely invest in educational wireless networks for today and tomorrow. There are many options when considering implementation strategies in relation to devices and operating systems. The DEN program helps to clarify the many options that are available.
The DEN website with tools and resources will be launched in June 2013. To find out more, visit: www.cosn.org.