computers speeds don't change much from month to month any more, the latest
technological must-have is high-speed Internet. The Kodiak Island School
District is no different. The administration is asking the school board to
expend about 56-hundred dollars more per year to boost the bandwidth from 8
megabits to 10 megabits per second. A megabit is one million bits. The fastest
dial-up modems of old maxed out at 56-thousand bits. High-speed Internet in the
home or a small business would likely be 1-megabit in speed.
Andy Ozols, the technology supervisor for the district, says the need for
bandwidth increases constantly.
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basically, we ... be no restrictions.")
students are blocked from accessing sites like YouTube because of the high
bandwidth demands streaming video has. Other sites are blocked because of
content, he said.
district gets its Internet from GCI, and the service, which includes the
streaming video conferencing technology to the village schools, is mostly
underwritten by the federal E-Rate program. Ozols said the district pays about
30-percent of the total cost of Internet service.
been with the district for seven years, in which time he's seen the technology
advance steadily. But what's really important, he said, is the attitude of the
superintendants and school board toward technology:
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we've moved ahead ... opportunities for the students.")
technology marches on, Ozols said a whole new world of education at a discount emerges:
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kinds of tools ... better education to our students.")
increase in bandwidth proposal came up at Monday night's school board work
session, and the board agreed that it would be worthwhile.