R&E Networks: Pathways to Innovation for K-12

The purpose of this NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, R&E Networks: Pathways to Innovation for K-12, is to assist the K-12 community and policymakers in advocating for high-quality, high-capacity, and affordable broadband connections to every classroom in the United States. It reflects the results of a May 2015 convening of national educational technology experts on the issue of high-speed networking in K-12 education. In their discussions, a panel of experts representing a range of leadership roles across the US K-12 education system identified trends within and beyond schools that are currently — and have the potential to be — enabled and constrained not just by inadequate bandwidth, but also by a lack of connectivity to potentially transformative Research and Education (R&E) networks. The report also presents a set of recommendations to K-12 leaders regarding the integration of R&E networks.

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