How to build a solid blended learning infrastructure

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You don’t want your blended learning program to fail. No one does. However, just like you can’t have a car without an engine, don’t even think of having a blended learning program without the right infrastructure. An otherwise wonderfully planned blended learning program will crash and burn if you don’t have the proper set-up. Over the last seven months I've toured dozens of blended schools and grilled their leaders for lessons learned during the launch process. All of them emphasize the importance of a strong infrastructure to ensure a smooth rollout. That boils down to getting three things right:

1. Bandwidth

If our internet is constantly crashing, our printers aren’t connecting, and our computers are outrageously slow, the only thing we stand to achieve is loads of lost time and frustrated educators and children. Meraki, Ruckus, and Cisco are all companies that have experience in wiring schools for fast internet, allocation of services, and security procedures.

A good rule of thumb: set up your internet service provider first (preferably Comcast), followed up with your equipment purchases and installation with one of these companies. Whether you’re starting from scratch or reworking what exists, fast, reliable internet is absolutely essential, and these companies can get you just that!

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