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District 281 Featured in EdTech Magazine

District 281 Featured in EdTech Magazine
Posted on 03/31/2020
Joel Mehring, Assistant Director of Technology for Robbinsdale Area SchoolsRobbinsdale Area Schools is featured in the Spring 2020 edition of EdTech Magazine. In the article titled How Wi-Fi 6 Is Helping Schools Stay Connected, Robbinsdale Area Schools is identified as one of the early adopters of Wi-Fi 6.

As many school districts implement a Distance Learning model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be imperative our current systems support the possibility of new ways of learning. “We don’t want our infrastructure to be a barrier to learning,” said Joel Mehring, Assistant Director of Technology for Robbinsdale Area Schools. “We want our infrastructure to be able to handle the unknown,” he continued.

Also known as 802.11az, Wi-Fi 6 is the newest standard in wireless networking. Wi-Fi 6 is being utilized by several school districts across the country as it provides improved performance and ensures optimal connectivity. As wireless use continues to grow, it places additional pressure on existing networks. Some schools struggle to meet the bandwidth demands as an increasing number of wireless devices and applications are utilized. The new standard of Wi-Fi 6 promises seamless connectivity as districts combat bandwidth concerns. “We want to be ready to help our students achieve whatever their goals are,” said Dan Jagusch, a WAN/LAN specialist for the district.

Last summer, Robbinsdale Area Schools installed over 900 new access points across 15 buildings as a part of an ongoing Wi-Fi 6 update throughout the district. As a part of this ongoing project, the district has plans to upgrade three additional sites this upcoming summer. In Robbinsdale, administrators are looking to those advantages to help ensure a range of future wireless implementations. This may include classroom devices such as data projectors and e-readers, as well as other applications. A wireless expansion outside the classroom is predicted as well, with wireless printers, devices used by staff and other needs.

Read the full article here (https://bit.ly/3bH84yL)