The importance of school internet connections
Arrived at work today to discover that the internet connection for the school is down. A quick call to the helpdesk enlightened me further - it is affecting the entire LEA.
It may seem like it isn't the end of the world, but it is a bit of a major issue. Like many schools, we are currently in the process of doing online CATS testing, we make use of an externally hosted VLE, email servers, learning platform, and a plethora of other services.
Yet, even though we rely on all of that, we have only a single connection, and the LEA have 2 internet feeds from a single provider.
Surely, with more and more ICT being outsourced, hosted in clouds etc... redundant internet connections should be appearing as a standard feature for all schools.
LEAs and RBCs don't seem to quite be grasping the concept that even a 10 minute bit of downtime can mess up an entire lesson for a class of kids. If that subject is only taught once a week, that can mean an entire week's contact wasted.