Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Wireless Network brings services to students and parents

Pleased to share an update from Fond du Lac on a project they were able to accomplish with Blandin Foundation support…

The Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Wireless Access Project has provided a broad and stable wireless network on the school campus and immediate vicinity, providing students, staff, parents and community with broadband Internet access.   Access has improved communication, curricular choices, parent and community participation in school projects, opportunities for expanded programming and training on the school campus and has encouraged “bring your own device” (BYOD). Coupled with the band’s public wireless network (maada ooki: “to share something”), we have seamless wireless access for students, staff, parents, community and visitors.

The Blandin grant paid for 15 new wireless access points throughout the school and the Fond du Lac Reservation matched the grant with the purchase of two wireless controllers. Installation, testing and maintenance were provided by the Fond du Lac IT Division as an in-kind contribution.

The project has allowed the school to increase its offerings of digital curriculum to all students—lessening the digital divide.  Dependable wireless access has also become a valuable asset in terms of collecting data used in content delivery decisions. In addition, the school has increased its value to the community by providing simple wireless access to broadband at various community events held here.

Due in part to the availability of a robust wireless network, the school is quickly moving beyond the “dreaming stage” and into the actual implementation of a 1:1 learning environment in grades K-8 beginning in the fall of 2015.  We have purchased 210 HP Stream 7’s for student use in grades 3-12 classrooms.