Students in schools throughout B.C. are getting better access to the Internet as a comprehensive new network called Next Generation is installed by the Ministry of Education.

Students in schools throughout B.C. are getting better access to the Internet as a comprehensive new network called Next Generation is installed by the Ministry of Education.

Next Gen networks B.C. schools

High-speed internet and enhanced network security services thanks to the ongoing K-12 Provincial Learning Network’s Next Generation upgrade.

More B.C. students and teachers are returning to classrooms fully equipped with high-speed internet and enhanced network security services thanks to the ongoing K-12 Provincial Learning Network’s Next Generation upgrade.

“B.C.’s world-class education system is on track to getting world-class Internet that will support innovative learning parents expect in every classroom,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier in a recent release.

“I am inspired by the teachers and students already making use of the Next Generation Network and look forward to  further digitally-focused schools in the future.”

One school year into the three-year project, more than 60 percent of students and 816 sites have been connected to the internet network.

Teachers are reporting that with the new system prep time has been reduced, they can better access on-line resources, and students are empowered to explore online learning.

School districts are reaping the benefits of substantially improved Internet connections, says a ministry release.

It gives the example of School District 45 (West Vancouver), which reports that the network lets learning  become the focus, as teachers and students no longer wonder if the Internet will load web pages like YouTube.

The Next Generation Network provides modern infrastructure that will service all public schools in the province once completed, says the ministry.

Not only does the network keep pace with the evolving use of Internet by students and educators, it also provides firewall management, web/URL filtering and IDS/IPS (Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems).

Beyond download speeds, schools are embracing mobile technologies and integrating digital instruction products for all classes, not just computer labs, including SMART Boards, Edmodo, and Learn 360.

The Next Generation Network is a partnership with school districts, the Ministry of Education, TELUS and IBM, the primary service providers.

“We are committed to making our home province of British Columbia one   of the most connected places in the world,” said Tim Draper, TELUS vice president.

“Ensuring our students and future leaders have access to the technology and information they need to uncover a wealth of learning opportunities will undoubtedly contribute to the future economic success and health of our children, communities and province as a whole.”

Launched in March 2014, the system will be fully operational by March 31, 2017, with over 75 percent of sites completed by March 31, 2016.

Over three years, start-up costs for the upgrade total $137.2 million.

The Next Generation Network replaces the existing Provincial Learning Network.


Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Most Read