US schools upgrade to virtualised wireless

18 July 2011 15:59:00
Meru

Eleven schools in the US are implementing new virtualised wireless networks, using Meru Networks’ wireless/gateway controller systems. The New Jersey-based schools, which serve almost 5,000 students from kindergarten to high school-age, are run by Pemberton Township Schools.  Pemberton places great importance on children having access to the latest technology, and has an average ratio of 2.5 students to every computer; more than double the national average.

The new wireless networks will allow mobile computers and communications devices to be used in class rooms and also moved seamlessly around campuses, creating mobile ‘Learning labs’. Successful implementation has been carried out at five schools so far, with the other six under way.

"It used to be that technology was a subject on the side, like art and music,” explains Kathy Bernacki, district information officer at Pemberton Township Schools.

“But over the course of the last five to ten years, that has changed dramatically. Technology is now used more as a tool to motivate students to learn all subjects across the entire curriculum."

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