Primary Education

Elevate the Classroom Experience With Better School Wi-Fi and Onboarding

The classroom of tomorrow promises an amazing education. Blended learning, flipped classrooms, digital curriculum and other modern learning models can better engage students and help educators be more effective. But they also create new challenges for schools and their overtaxed IT teams.

Instead of lesson plans depending solely on skilled teachers, they depend on consistent, reliable connectivity to school networks for access to educational resources.

It's enough to make school and IT leaders feel like they're a grade or two behind. Ruckus can help. We power the connected modern classroom with grade-A Wi-Fi and edge switching performance coupled with simple, market-leading secure onboarding and policy management. 

Broadband & Network Capacity

According to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the top priority for Primary Education IT Administrators is Broadband and Network Capacity. IT Administrators are challenged by more devices coming onto the network and new applications that stretch the limits of aging infrastructure.

A wireless and wired network that scales to handle the device growth and meet the demands of the digital learning environment is the cornerstone of solid learning foundation. Choose a network that grows with your districts’ needs and budget constraints. With Ruckus, you can provide the highest device density per AP, wired network scaling capabilities, flexible management infrastructure and easiest device onboarding available.

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Student Data Privacy

As of June 2016, 49 of 50 US States had draft legislation or enacted laws around the need to protect student data. Primary education IT administrators and superintendents are under enormous pressure to ensure that student data is protected and used in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws.

By examining your network and sensitive repositories to see where student data lives, you can begin to take the necessary steps to protect it. Ruckus primary education solutions can provide secure device authentication, user policy definitions, safe mobile computing environments, and encrypted communication to Student Information Systems that live on-premises, in the cloud, or on the fly. 

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Digital Learning Transition

According to the 2016 CoSN IT Leadership Survey, 90% of K-12 IT administrators expect their curricula to be at least 50% Digital in the next 3 years. With this transition to a collaborative, blended learning environment, the network is no longer a nice to have, but depended on to be always available and elevate the classroom experience for teachers and their students.

Ruckus solutions provide a continuous, non-stop wired and wireless networked learning environment that adapts to the needs of instructional technology applications and its users, enabling flexible learning spaces for STEM lessons, screen casting, flipped classrooms, online assessments or even virtual reality field trips.

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Automated, Self-Service Wi-Fi Onboarding

In years past, primary and secondary students entered computer labs and then exited, leaving the tools behind. Today, students walk in with devices and leave with those same devices to use at night. Decades of computer-centric thinking are giving way to connectivity-centric thinking – leading to a BYOD phenomenon that allows students to have access to educational tools around the clock.

WiFi in education is about more than just accessing the network. Whether adopting a BYOD approach or an IT-based one-to-one initiative, the transformation to an unmanaged set of network users presents a new challenge to provide safe, predictable connectivity. However, the ultimate goal of improving students’ educational experience must not be compromised.

Secure onboarding solutions allow primary and secondary institutions to extend wireless access to a broad spectrum of users, devices and use cases without a phone call or a trip to the support desk. This happens by providing automated, self-service onboarding for a wide array of devices and determining the appropriate policy for each user and device.

There are many benefits of deploying secure onboarding in primary and secondary education, including:

  • Eliminate the management and security headaches related to pre-shared keys (PSK).
  • Eliminate the inconvenience and security risks of captive portal logins.
  • Automate the device onboarding for all permitted users, including students, staff, contractors and visitors.
  • Ensure users get securely connected, not just configured.
  • Automate the enforcement of policies and access controls, including AUP, authentication and network privileges.
  • ovide ‘gold standard’ WPA-Enterprise encryption without needing to be a certified security expert
  • Track information related to users, devices and application policies for all wired and wireless connections.

Ruckus offers a leading solution to realize all of the above benefits of secure onboarding. With Cloudpath ES you can leverage your existing Wired or Wi-Fi infrastructure to ensure that users are easily provisioned and connected to your secure network across a wide range of laptops, phones and tablets. Learn more about Cloudpath.

Certificates for Chromebooks

Chromebooks are beloved in schools for being simple and secure. With Cloudpath ES, you can deploy the gold standard in security and certificates to Chromebooks in an automated manner.

Whether issuing from an existing Microsoft CA or through the built-in PKI, Cloudpath ES ensures every device receives the appropriate certificate without IT overhead. Once installed, the certificate is available for a wide array of uses, including certificate-based WiFi, web authentication and more.

For managed Chromebooks, Cloudpath ES deploys both user and device certificates, which are TPM-backed (burned into hardware for maximum protection). For unmanaged Chromebooks, Cloudpath ES provides self-service, automated installation of the certificate along with related services, such as WPA2-Enterprise WiFi using EAP-TLS.

To learn more about leveraging Chromebooks for a digital classroom, read our free whitepaper.

Case Study

Alma School District

Improves Their Wireless GPA

Case Sudy

Chichester High School

Sussex, U.K. 1,500 students. Scalable wired networks for BYOD.

Case Study

Christian Academy

Louisville, KY. 3,000 students. High capacity wired and wireless networks power 1:1 learning.

Columbia Public Schools

Nation’s First Deployment of 802.11ac Wave 2 Technology Shows How Schools Can Stay Ahead of Insatiable Wireless Demands

Case Study

Dublin (CA) Unified School District

Moving to the Head of the Class

Lodi Unified School District

Planning for the Future, Lodi USD Makes The Move To 802.11ac to Combat Device Explosion and Growing Capacity Demands

Case Study

Mazenod College

Lesmurdie, Australia. 850 students. Fast switching delivers 45x faster downloads.

San Francisco Unified School District

Smarter Wireless that “Just Works” Transforms the Educational Process in over 130 Schools with Tens of Thousands of Wi-Fi Users

Case Study

San Leandro Unified School District

California. 8,800 students. Scalable wired network for investment protection.

Case Study

St. Jozefs College

Aalst, Belgium. 1,200 students. Outperformed Aerohive to deliver future-proof Wi-Fi network.

Victor Central School District

Victor, NY. 4,500 students. Replaces Aruba with Ruckus W-Fi for 1:1 learning and secure onboarding.

Kentucky Christian Academy

Louiville, KY. 3,000 students. Wi-Fi elevates the classroom experience for reliable digital learning.

Belleville School District

Illinois. 4,700 students. Replaced Ubiquiti with Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi.

Forest Hills Public School District

Michigan. 10,000 students. 1:1 Chromebooks needed more than 30 devices per AP.

London Design and Engineering UTC

London, U.K. 179 students. Experiential STEM learning demands reliable connectivity.

Customer Story: Walker County School District

Georgia. 9,200 students. Switches and Wi-Fi. Supporting BYOD with network refresh.

Case Study

Eton College

Windsor, U.K. 1,300 students. Secure, high capacity networks for BYOD, digital classrooms and boarding rooms.

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Heading into The Golden Era of Education Technology Solutions

Wendy Stanton

Network Planning for the 5 Phases of Digital Learning Transition
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, @ 10:00 AM PST

Network Planning for the 5 Phases of Digital Learning Transition

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, @ 10:00 AM PST

In this webinar, we will look at the five phases of digital learning transition in schools, and the top IT challenges of making a successful transition while providing a safe and reliable classroom experience.

Securing Chromebook Classrooms Made Easy

On Demand

Securing Chromebook Classrooms Made Easy

On Demand

Only 52% of online edtech software require encryption of login and personal information. Luckily, Ruckus and Lightspeed can help you deploy your Chromebooks securely, so you can easily monitor and manage them in your classroom hassle-free. Watch our webinar to find out how.

EdTech: Why Ruckus for Uninterrupted Learning

On Demand

EdTech: Why Ruckus for Uninterrupted Learning

On Demand

Ready to design and deploy your #FutureReady campus? Ruckus is an approved E-rate vendor, with many solutions qualifying for E-rate funding. Watch this webinar to learn about our E-rate eligible solutions, and why you should consider Ruckus bids this year. 

Technical Deep-Dive: Cloud-Managed Infrastructure for Primary Education
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, @ 8:00 AM PST

Technical Deep-Dive: Cloud-Managed Infrastructure for Primary Education

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, @ 8:00 AM PST

As school districts migrate their teaching and learning platforms and curricula into the cloud, the network infrastructure is poised to follow. In this webinar, we will explore the trends and advantages of such a shift, then provide an overview of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi for primary education, including a live demo.

How to Design the Ruckus Digital-Ready Campus

On Demand

How to Design the Ruckus Digital-Ready Campus

On Demand

The top three challenges facing primary education are network capacity, student data privacy, and the transition to digital. Attend our webinar to learn more about these challenges, and how you can eliminate them, with scalable, secure, and reliable wireless and wired networking solutions.

Addressing the Student Data Privacy Challenge

On Demand

Addressing the Student Data Privacy Challenge

On Demand

Watch our webinar to learn how you can keep student data more secure by enhancing cyber security defenses, mitigating inadvertent data breaches, and avoiding unsecure logins.

BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Smart, compact adaptive antenna systems containing multiple elements that electrically manipulate antenna properties so as to create optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicate.

Why you should care:

Traditional wireless antennas are either “omnidirectional” (radiating signals in all directions) or “directional” (radiating signals in one direction). Ruckus BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology takes a more adaptable approach. BeamFlex technology enables the antenna system within a Ruckus AP to continually sense and optimize for its environment.

This antenna system mitigates radio interference, noise and network performance issues, and improves application flows. The results:

  • Increased performance and range
  • Crystal clear video and voice communications
  • Maximized power efficiency

BeamFlex+ is an enhancement to Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology by providing adaptive support to mobile devices. BeamFlex+ enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in addition to client device location.