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School Business Affairs, v76 n3 p18, 20-21 Apr 2010

Keeping up with the latest technology has never been easy, and in these times of budget tightening, it can be tough to find a good deal. Many schools have taken a long, hard look at their technology infrastructure and found it no longer meets the needs of today's digital classroom. Multimedia learning resources are now part of school districts' core curricula, and teachers are understandably eager to integrate on-demand multimedia content into their lesson plans. Amid the positive changes going on in the classroom, a new technology called Metro Ethernet promises to help schools continue to expand their digital classrooms and increase data bandwidth at a lower price point. Ethernet is the networking technology that links computers and servers over a LAN (local-area network), such as within a school. Fast and flexible, Ethernet's reach has extended over time to encompass entire metropolitan areas, and it is already one of the services of choice in the government, health care, and finance sectors. As digital classroom initiatives continue to form part of core curricula, more school telecommunication requests for proposals are emerging for these Metro Ethernet services that can deliver the bandwidth needed by multimedia applications. The author offers tips in finding a right Metro Ethernet service provider.

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Internet, Computer Networks, Teaching Methods, Cost Effectiveness

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Autor: McGrath, Julia


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