R&E networks are currently being leveraged in exciting projects in which K-12 students are connecting with peers around the world to discuss and debate pressing social issues, operate sophisticated scientific instruments remotely, stream high-quality educational videos, engage in immersive simulations, and virtually experience the resources of presidential libraries and national parks.
The purpose of this NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief 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. During this process, the experts considered a range of recently published research, policy reports, and popular media.