Rationale and Purpose of this Website

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Through our study of Networks and Network Troubleshooting along with our observations of schools' use of computer networks, we have noticed that IT staff and support staff have to research many solutions to common network-related problems. Networks are incredibly important in schools. Without a sound network, teachers cannot log attendance, cannot check email correspondence, and cannot utilize Internet technology resources in the classroom. Without a sound and efficient network, school psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists cannot log assessment data, coordinate meetings across the district, and create and share data presentations. It is clear that school IT staff need to create and maintain a strong network.

Schools are beginning to embrace online technologies along with courses that are offered exclusively online. It is therefore imperative that schools and their IT departments create secured networks with all of the necessary security protocols. Many techs are unprepared to deal with the multitude of problems that occur in schools. Many times, the common knowledge of networking is ignored by the troubleshooter. This site will assist the network tech support staff in acquiring basic knowledge about network devices, software, security, and even wireless networking. Mary Alice Anderson notes, "Most schools will never be able to afford enough technical support" for all of the network problems that arise in one school day. This website will help technology coordinators focus on major network issues and other high-end technology problems (Anderson, 2002). Teachers and other school network users will now have access to an easy and user friendly resource at their fingertips to help with common network problems which usually have simple solutions.

This site will provide network users with a one-stop location for the major areas of networking. This site will provide introductory material on many aspects of a network. This website will be broken down into several categories. They are:

  • Network Topologies

  • Network Devices

  • Common Network Problems

  • Network Security Programs

  • Wireless Networking

Sections of Our Site

Topology

Network Topologies section includes an evaluation of the major network topologies including versions of ring, bus, and star.

Devices

Network Devices section includes a discussion of the major parts of a network and the role they play in the sharing of data.

Troubleshooting

Network Troubleshooting includes an examination of common network related issues both software and hardware related.

Security

Network Security section includes major parts of network security including firewalls, antivirus software, and encryption measures.

Wireless

Wireless Networking section includes the setup process, security options, and troubleshooting of wireless networks.


About Us

We are a group of current or aspiring teachers currently studying at Pace University in Westchester County in New York State.



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