Technologies Effected by Online Schooling
Many schools across the US have reopened within the past week. A majority of these schools are using online learning to conduct classes, but many have chosen to start with in person classes. Of the schools that have opened with in person classes we have seen large COVID outbreaks. Most recently the University of Alabama has reported roughly 600 positive COVID tests in their first week. This will be a common trend with Universities, and CJIS GROUP has seen state and local governments get ready for a complete shift to online classes this semester.
So, what have we seen?
Increase Need for Broadband in Underserved areas: No matter where they are, students will need reliable internet for online classes. While the E-Rate program has been a great foundation for supplying internet across the country, there will always be a need for stronger internet access and expanded bandwidth. A recent example of this is in the Wichita Falls Independent School District that currently has an open RFP for “Internet Access Solutions Private LTE”. If you aren’t a CJIS GROUP customer click here to get a copy of this RFP.
The Move to E-Learning: Obviously students will need a platform to work from at home if schools are closed. This has prompted schools to issue RFP’s for online learning. An example of this is from the Putnam County Schools System is an RFP for “Homeschoool and Online Learning Platform for the 2020-2021 School Year”.
We are at an inflection point regarding a change in learning in the United States. Online learning has been an up and coming technology the last couple years, and COVID has been a catalyst for online learning options.
Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your week,