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K12 Computer Requirements and Web Filtering

The U.S government pledged to integrate high-end computer science education to match the growing demand for high-skilled computer scientists by uniformizing computer science modules among K-12 schools. However, there are several issues that have come with those. The first being technical requirements, and secondly, the many dangers the internet hides. Here we discuss them and provide solutions that might help k12 schools to have a smooth transition.

Computer Requirements 

Revamping the entire IT infrastructure of a school can be costly for a majority, even though a good number receives aid from the U.S government via a few programs, for instance, the E-rate program, though this tends not to be enough.

There is a lot of equipment to choose from, and often not affordable for lots of k12 schools. Notwithstanding, we suggest a few tips both for low-cost and expensive budgets without compromising the school user experience.  

1) Suggested Browsers 
The suggested browser for K12, even at big firms, is Google Chrome, and for many reasons, one of them is simplicity, as it is very easy to use. 

2) Recommended operating systems
There are a lot of devices and the particularities that each entails really depends on the need of your schools; nevertheless here are standards that can deliver just enough for K12 schools to make online learning platforms easy to use:  
  • MacOS 10.14 / Windows 10, and versions above them would be a good choice
  • 2GB of RAM minimum would be a good level to start with
  • Intel/AMD processor with OpenGL 4.4 / DirectX12 level GPU would make a good central processing unit(CPU)
  • 500 MB of free storage space as most software for k12 schools won’t need more than 300MB unless needed for additional projects.

3) Mobile Devices 
The issue with them, Chromebooks, phones, and tablets is that you can’t use them as a primary device to run most computer software destined for programming or other powerful tasks. Even if some can, remember, it is all about the user experience.

4) Internet Connections 
A broadband connection with a minimum speed of 56kbps would be a good start, you may also test your connection here via Google PageSpeed. However, the amount of data transferred would depend on a lot of factors, you may want to check with your internet service provider for your gigabyte usage.

Web Filtering

You might have thought meeting all the aforementioned requirements would do and make your students’ online experience impeccable but that is without counting on wonky internet security solutions, firewalls installed on your devices (desktop), and online threats

You can easily tackle all of these by implementing web filtering on the devices of your network. Nevertheless, make sure your vendor provides good MDM solutions for mobile devices used by your students and for computers the following:

1) Regulatory compliance
The solution should help you to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and to be eligible for the E-Rate Funding in the U.S. 

2) Remote management via Seamless integration 
The web filter should deliver cloud-based capabilities that can be deployed in a few minutes remotely, and monitor what students do online across multiple devices, platforms, and networks. It should be implemented on all devices seamlessly.

3) Detailed Reporting and no hardware/software requirements
It should provide you comprehensive daily/weekly/monthly reports about the websites watched by your students during class sessions. All you need is to redirect the facility´s DNS to start the Internet filter within minutes.

4) Simple Setup and web categorization
It should be easy to set up and deploy, and because your students might have to visit different web pages for their projects, it should offer an AI-powered web categorization that can easily allow or block any websites hiding cyber threats.

SafeDNS Cloud-based web filtering

SafeDNS solutions include all the characteristics mentioned above, and they are flexible for any kind of learning environment. To learn more, kindly visit our webpage about web filtering for schools, talk directly to one of our experts should you have any need, or download one of our case studies.