Smart Schools Q & A
Q: What the environment will look like to students and teachers, i.e.
will wireless be the sole connectivity approach or will wired still be
A: The environment when complete will provide for ubiquitous wireless
coverage throughout all our buildings and many of the outside areas as
well. The design not only includes the use of wireless for district and
personal devices, but also provides for the upgrade of all district
wiring to support faster speed desktop connections. This is especially
necessary for lab environments or high internet use classes and media
access for students as well as teacher instruction.
Q: What will the wireless capacity be? Speed and number of connections?
A: The wireless capability will be at Gigabit speed with an access point
in every classroom to support a full class connection. This provides
for the bandwidth as well as the need for coverage since the
construction of the buildings does not allow the signal to permeate well
through many of the walls. In larger areas such as libraries and
Little Theaters, we are adding additional access points for larger
Q: If wired, will each room have access points? And how do we perceive the wired access being utilized?
A: Each room will have an access point due to building construction.
Wired connections will still be available for district devices,
classrooms PCs, Teacher Instruction PCs, and labs.
Q: How upwardly compatible are the infrastructure enhancements are expected to be?
A: The infrastructure, which has not been touched since East and Sequoya
were built over 10 years ago, is being upgraded to all 10Gigabit
switches for the continued growth of the district and the ever
increasing bandwidth required. Wiring will be in place for additional
access points in each location or dual connectivity access points if
needed in the future as well. The switches will not only impact the
connectivity to each classroom and each device, but also increase the
connections we now maintain through fiber connecting all our buildings.