Whether K1-12, Post-Secondary or Special Education providers, educational institutions have some unique challenges. They require high levels of security and privacy to comply with the expectations of their student body, and to comply with regulatory frameworks such as FERPA and similar laws. In addition, schools use a number of specialized record-keeping systems beyond simple secure file sharing. These systems need to be accessible, available and well integrated with the more standard software that is used in the school. The construction of many school buildings and relevant building codes also often present specific challenges to networking, especially deploying Wi-Fi, which we have a good deal of experience in meeting.
In addition, schools need to provide technology access to two very different populations, and do so in a manner that is highly manageable and cost effective. Filters in place need to be able to differentiate between the different populations. Teachers and other staff need flexible and robust access to their tools. Students, on the other hand, do not need a high level of access. On the contrary, schools generally need to sharply limit what students can access. All of this needs to be done on hardware and systems that are highly manageable while respecting the students’ privacy. Products such as DeepFreeze and Chromebooks can make are tremendous difference in a school’s ability to manage their student accessible technology.