UK Schools Unfit for Digital Learning

School Infrastructure

UK Schools Unfit for Digital Learning

Feb 24, 2013

(TOO) GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM: EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell estimates that 80% of U.S. schools aren't getting enough bandwidth to be ready for digital learning. The situation is similar across the Atlantic--and probably in many parts of the world as well. BBC reports that a recent survey of some 600 U.K. schools conducted on behalf of the British Educational Suppliers Association found that "only a quarter of schools" had enough Wi-Fi to support digital learning. The infrastructure doesn't come cheap, with an estimated price tag of £15,000 just to connect a school with 500 students. A spokeswoman from the UK Department of Education says it is setting up buying frameworks so schools can get better deals on ICT purchases. (Hey Marwell, don't be surprised if they come a-callin'.)

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