Mobile Computing Stays Grounded in Schools Without IT Upgrades

Many schools don't have the wireless connections to support mobile computing initiatives.

by / October 30, 2013 0

More than half of school district leaders say they can't handle mobile computing initiatives on their current technology infrastructure.

In fact, 57 percent of schools don't have the wireless network capacity to support a computing device for every student and staff member, according to CoSN's E-Rate and Broadband Survey of 469 school districts that was released this month.

Schools are having trouble connecting students to the Internet because they don't have enough internal wired or wireless connections, said President and CEO Denise Atkinson-Shorey of e-Luminosity in a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30. And that means schools provide limited access for things like digital resources, online assessments and student mobile devices.

Cost is one of the major reasons that schools don't have the infrastructure to handle mobile computing. School districts often do not have the funds to add more connections or put in a fiber backbone, and federal E-Rate funds aren't sufficient to meet many of their needs, the survey found. Only 7.5 percent of respondents said that E-Rate fully meets district needs, while 63.9 percent said the program somewhat meets their needs.

If schools don't have the money, they're not funding technology.

"Sadly there's just not money to cut in schools, and so we're just not upgrading and we're not providing the things students need," Atkinson-Shorey said.

For more survey findings, check out the full report.

Tanya Roscorla Former Managing Editor

Tanya Roscorla covered ed tech from 2009-2017.