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The CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map: Examining Classroom Connectivity

Proposed Slider Image_061915Thanks to E-Rate, 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. The majority of U.S. schools, however, do not have enough bandwidth to meet the current needs for digital learning. As 1:1 learning models, online classes and digital content continue to proliferate, the technology foundation needed to support them – down to the classroom level – will become even more critical.

To better understand the current state of classroom connectivity, CDW-G surveyed 400 IT professionals from K-12 public school districts and private schools to build the CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map. The Heat Map shows the current prevalence of wired and wireless connectivity state by state.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The majority of schools have an average connectivity speed of 1 Gbps; fewer than a quarter have connectivity speed of 10 Gbps
  • Over the next three years, schools will focus on increasing bandwidth, budget and number of access points to better support wireless connectivity. On the wired connectivity side, increasing bandwidth, improving network management and increasing budgets to support activities are the top priorities
  • Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington are leading the charge with the most connected classrooms

This is only a start. To tell the complete story, we need input from schools nationwide. Check out www.k12heatmap.com to ensure your school is represented and to see how the connectivity picture changes over time.