Cisco Systems is providing $40 million in cash, equipment, and services to rebuild hurricane-damaged schools along the Gulf Coast. The initiative will include wireless broadband “mesh networks” that extend school resources to entire towns, reports eWeek.com.
From Cisco’s news site: “The mesh network wirelessly extends the educational and accountability resources of the school system across the community enabling unprecedented levels of collaboration, cooperation and learning for students, teachers and parents.” eWeek.com provides the technical explanation: “In a wireless mesh, the network dynamically routes packets from node to node, so only one access point has to be connected directly to the wired network; the rest share a connection with one another over the air.”
Also part of the Cisco effort: Comprehensive e-learning programs that focus on Internet technology skills. Read more here.
And: Forty-three school buildings in Michigan’s Oakland County, a Detroit suburb, will soon have access to cheap high-speed wireless Internet, as part of a county-wide project.