To help districts with their efforts, check out the tools available from CoSN, ISTE and SETDA
has offered a pixilated picture of the "technology-rich learning environment" that schools can create if they follow the organization's 2014-15 bandwidth recommendations.
bases its recommendations on "research, analysis of data sets from districts across eight states regarding both capacity and usage, and consultation with experts in the field.
Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND) created a scaled reference for the SETDA
guidelines, using an active video session as an example.
Three years ago, SETDA
published capacity targets for both external and internal connections.
recommends schools now have at least 100 megabits per second (or Mbps) capacity per 1,000 users.
This year's SETDA
National Trends Report is about scaling back, prioritizing, researching, leveraging, and expanding successful practices.
Lan Neugent, interim executive director for SETDA
, says his members focus on training IT staff to keep infrastructure (such as broadband access and security) up to standards.
Carla Wade, of the Oregon Department of Education and previous SETDA
board member, will be the new chair-elect.
Several organizations--including the Department of Education, SETDA
and EducationSuperHighway--offer recommendations on how much bandwidth and density you need.
Executive Director Douglas Levin says he's not aware of any states with special certifications for CIOs or CTOs.