The California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is a state program funded by the California Department of Education. K12HSN provides the California K-12 community with:
The California Research and Education Network (CalREN) is the high-speed, high-bandwidth network of 14 Hub Sites and circuits linking those Hub Sites to 72 K-12 Node Sites, 11 UC Node Sites, 24 CSU Node Sites, 111 community college Node Sites, as well as 6 Node Sites serving the three participating private universities. CalREN is also linked to the national Internet2 network forming an advanced state and national “Intranet” for educational use.
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) is a non-profit public corporation formed in 1998 by higher education. The University of California, the California State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and the California Institute of Technology formed CENIC to build a higher education network. In 2001, using an appropriation to UC for K-12, CENIC began to link K-12 entities to its Network. California Community Colleges were added to the Network in 2002. CENIC also operates the CalREN-High Performance Research Network (CalREN-HPR) and the CalREN/Experimental Developmental Network (CalREN-XD).
Internet2 is a consortium led by 207 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership between academia, industry and government that fostered today’s Internet in its infancy. The primary goals of Internet2 are to:
The general term used to describe a wide range of technologies that enable high-speed, always-on connections between computers and provide enhanced access to the Internet. The additional bandwidth provided by a broadband connection allows value-added, media-rich learning content, connectivity and services to be used by teachers and students.
Quality of Service (QoS):
A traffic engineering term used in the fields of packet-switched networks and computer networking. It refers to the probability of the telecommunication network meeting a given traffic contract, or in many cases, is used informally to refer to the probability of a packet succeeding in passing between two points in the network. In the field of telephony, telephony quality of service refers to lack of noise and tones on the circuit, appropriate loudness levels, etc., and includes grade of service.
A: The California K-12 High Speed Network is a state program funded by the California Department of Education. K12HSN's objective is to connect K-12 schools, districts and county offices of education to each other, and to the same high speed, advanced services network backbone which connects the state’s higher education institutions. The K12HSN is linked to the larger Internet2 as well as the public internet.
The mission of the California K-12 High Speed Network is to enable educators, students and staff across the state to have access to a reliable high speed network which has the capacity to deliver high quality online resources to support teaching and learning and promote academic achievement.
Q: What benefits does the network provide?
A: The K12HSN provides access to rich content resources for teaching and learning, to prepare students with the basic knowledge and specific skills to inspire them to enter and be successful in higher education and in the 21st century workforce.
Additionally, the network serves a statewide "Intranet" for education that allows a new breed of applications and uses to be developed and supported. For all services with which K12HSN or CENIC have been able to negotiate special arrangements, the K-12 traffic does not leave the CalREN Network to find the resource on the commercial Internet. Google, for instance agreed to a peering arrangement with CENIC and all K-12 traffic on the CalREN Network using Google to search for information stays on the CalREN Network – no commercial Internet charges are generated.
Q: Is my school connected to the CA K-12 HSN?
A: Visit the DataLINK page under The Network in the side navigation to see who is connected in each county.
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Q: Will the CA K-12 HSN provide computers for our classrooms?
A: The K12HSN is designed to provide the network infrastructure for statewide interconnectivity of existing computer networks among K-12 entities. Acquisition of additional computer systems or local area networks is beyond the scope of this project.
Q: What kinds of content or applications are available for use on the network?
A: While development of applications and resources is outside the scope of this project, K12HSN works to enhance access to resources available through other education technology programs, the 58 county offices of education, and resources provided by other entities who are willing to share. The resources address a wide range of needs including teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum, and library information resources.
The K12HSN offers a coordinating mechanism for strengthening the educational relationships between the K-12 schools and universities and an environment that nurtures these relationships. Specifically, this coordination component involves identifying applications and resources that can best serve the K-12 community.
The programs, applications and services provided through these relationships are delivered via the K12HSN in a friendly, time efficient manner for K-12 educators and students.
Visit our Directory of Network Applications (DNA) to get a list of locally-produced resources.
Access our Directory of Network Applications at http://directory.k12hsn.org
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Q: Who are the Advisory Board members?
A: For a current list, please visit our Advisory Board page.
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