How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

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In the past few years, concerted efforts like E-rate modernization and various statewide initiatives have helped bring digital learning opportunities to students across the nation. Let's look at three examples of how digital learning is changing the face of today’s classroom learning.

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Regional School District 12

Equipped with their Chromebooks and additional resources, second graders at The Burnham School were able to celebrate Digital Learning Day 2018 by creating “Collaborative Country Reports.” Teacher Amy Stiles expresses how technology has boosted engagement in her classroom by remarking, “they have access to so many materials, so many programs that it adds a lot to their experience and it enriches their learning. They want to do more at home, they want to research at home, create presentations or create projects, and having their Chromebooks in 2nd grade is a great gift. We’re really happy with that because I feel like they’re prepared for [grades] 3, 4, and 5.”

School district: Regional School District 12
School: Burnham School
State: Connecticut
Connection type: Fiber
Bandwidth per student: 6.6 Mbps/student

Dysart Unified School Districts

Digital learning has transformed the classroom experience for teachers and students at Dysart Unified School District through their personalized learning initiative. According to 8th Grade Teacher Marissa Mulvey, “Having a digital learning classroom is extremely necessary for preparing our students to be 21st century learners and to be successful in college and their careers.”

School District: Dysart Unified School District
State: Arizona
Connection type: Fiber
Bandwidth per student: 242 kbps/student

Bethel School District

Once voters approved Bethel’s Digital Learning initiative, teachers have seen immediate results, especially with their English Language Learners who benefit from technology each day. ELL educator Sharon Coward remarked that using 1:1 devices for her students helps “provide equitable access to content and material because they allow students to articulate what they know and understand through a variety of different capacities.”

School district: Bethel School District
School: Spanaway Middle School
State: Washington
Connection type: Fiber
Bandwidth per student: 256 kbps/student


In order to enable digital learning in every classroom, every day, school districts need the right infrastructure for their Internet access. Fiber-optic or fixed wireless connections are often the most reliable choices for bringing adequate bandwidth to your classrooms now and in the future.

If you’re looking to upgrade your connectivity this year, review our 3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District and get in touch by emailing info@educationsuperhighway.org.

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