According to the Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, the following recommendations for network infrastructure are outlined in the National Education Technology Plan:
“Ensure students and educators have … adequate wireless connectivity” – Farmhouse Networking network architects will evaluate the current wireless topology of the school using advanced heat mapping software to find any gaps in coverage. We will suggest the needed changes to the current system to provide complete wireless coverage and segregated the student network so they can research online in safety.
“Ensure that every student and educator has at least one internet access device and appropriate software and resources for research, communication, multimedia content creation, and collaboration for use in and out of school.” – Farmhouse Networking is one of the few computer network consulting firms in the Southern Oregon area that has proven itself as an education IT service provider by becoming a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner. Through this program we are able to offer software discounts on Microsoft 365, Office 365, Windows 10 Education, Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite, and Minecraft Education Edition. Each qualifying product or bundle comes with 15 to 40 student use licenses at no additional cost.
Farmhouse Networking is also able to provide educational discounts on hardware like laptops and tablets. These devices are built for education using Microsoft 10 S which are streamlined for security and speed. These devices also allow running of fully-installed Office applications.
Farmhouse Networking is also able to manage the fleet of iPads and Chromebooks that are used by students for learning.
“Draft sustainability plans for infrastructure concerns that include upgrades of wired and wireless access as well as device refresh plans and sustainable funding sources while ensuring the safety and protection of student data.” – Farmhouse Networking will work with administration to perform a complete network inventory, 5-year technology plan, and budget. With these tools, administration can effectively plan continued technological improvements in education.
“Create a comprehensive map and database of connectivity, device access, …” – Farmhouse Networking will provide administration with a comprehensive technology map of connected devices. We will facilitate the creation of network policies to track device access and filter network traffic in accordance with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) regulations. We will work with administration to provide the necessary documentation to reach E-Rate certification in this area.