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Information on wired and wireless communications networks in K-12 schools, including standards, design, security, testing, performance, interoperability, and future adaptability.

References to Books and Other Media

Wireless School: Confused Yet?
(District Administration, Dec 06, 2011)
Web seminar covers key decisions and requirements for planning for pervasive wireless in schools; setting goals and deliverables around educational initiatives like digital curriculum, online testing, 1:1 programs and BYOD initiatives; and performance planning and capacity planning for K-12 implementations.

From Zero to Wireless in 4 Essential Steps.
Schaffhauser, Dian
T.H.E. Journal; v38 n2 , p14-16 ; Feb 2011
The way to building a wireless network that's reliable, scalable, and secure enough to support a robust mobile-learning initiative demands taking care of four imperative steps: (1) Get Physical; (2) Separate and Unequal; (3) Mind Your APs; and (4) Speed It Up.

Choosing School Control Panel Features: Simple as A, B, C.
Kessinger, Greg
(, Alpharetta, GA , Jul 2010)
Examines fire alarm technology at two typical schools. The first is a single-story elementary school, the second a college branch campus with three buildings. Wireless technology, networked panels, and the differences between a single- and multiple-building campuses are addressed. 4p.

References to Journal Articles

Making Wi-Fi Work
Beitenhaus, Christine
School Planning and Management; , p28-30 ; Feb 2012
Whether computers are in a lab, in the classroom or in students' hands, districts are turning to wireless networks to help integrate technology into education. With this decision comes the need not only for the right equipment and space, but also concerns about bandwidth and security issues, as well as making sure a diverse team helps make decisions in new and retrofit situations.

Center Stage. The Latest in Scoreboards and Sports Lighting.
Vence, Deborah L.
Recreation Management; Oct 2011
Discusses wireless and LED technology taking the scoreboard industry by storm, and the latest trends in sports lighting. Includes key steps to selecting a scoreboard.

Wire or Wireless, Staying connected.
Rivero, Victor
College Planning and Management; v14 n7 , p54,56,58,59 ; Jul 2011

Creating a Smart Classroom from Scratch.
McCrea, Bridget
Campus Technology; May 2011
Describes new classrooms set up at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, with new technology equipment, tools and software, including secure wireless Internet access, lecture capture software, videoconferencing tools, and sensor pads.

Clicks and Bricks: How School Buildings Influence Future Practice and Technology Adoption. Adobe PDF
McIntosh, Ewan
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n1/2 , p33-37 ; 2011
Describes six specialized school spaces that encourage digital learning and customized learning. These are secret, group, publishing, performing, participation and watching spaces.

Making Your School Future-Proof.
Dessoff, Alan
District Administration; v46 n9 , p64-67,69-71 ; Oct 2010
Discusses the installation of flexible and upgradable technology in schools. Wireless connectivity is essential, as are adequate recharging stations, ability to serve a computer for every student, energy-efficient facilities that can deliver power without extraordinary additional costs, interactive whiteboards, and cloud-computing solutions.

Energy-Harvesting Sensors Power Building Controls to New Levels of Sustainability.
Martin, Graham
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n4 , p6,8,9 ; Jul-Aug 2010
Describes the function of self-powered wireless sensors in the control of building systems, noting their ability to be placed conveniently for building occupants and their benefits to lowering energy use.

Critical Communications.
School Planning and Management; v49 n6 , p32,34,36 ; Jun 2010
Discusses classroom-to-administration communication systems that will be effective in a variety of emergencies. Intercom systems are preferred over telephones, as they are louder and more quickly activated, including by students who might need to take over for an incapacitated teacher. Networking of intercom systems for district-wide communication is described, as is distribution to wireless devices.

Wireless CMMS: Next-Generation Tool.
Bagadia, Kris
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n3 , p9,10 ; Mar 2010
Discusses the advantages of wireless computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), with particular attention to implementation in a facility where technicians might resist the technology. The total cost of ownership, use of the keyboard, and connectivity is also addressed.

Imagining All of Campus as a Learning Environment.
Lane, Cara
EduCause Quarterly; v33 n3 ; 2010
Key findings of this research project are that although most students own laptops and mobile devices, use of student computing centers at the University of Washington continues to be high; embracing wireless and mobile learning requires imagining all of campus as a learning environment; for the most complete service, consider pursuing a hybrid approach — offering computing centers and support for wireless and mobile learning across campus.



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