Providing adequate internet connectivity is a key challenge for any school’s e-Learning plans. You need:
- Cost-effective bandwidth: With very large objects such as videos or operating system updates in their gigabytes, the cost of supplying enough bandwidth can prove to be extremely high.
- Fast access to content: If the connection feels slow, your students quickly become disengaged putting the benefits of e-Learning at risk. Speed of access to web content in the classroom can determine the success of implementation.*
Optimisation features in EDUGATEBOX directly address both concerns:
Caching stores popular content locally so that all but the first request does not use the internet connection at all. This dramatically reduces both the bandwidth needed and the speed of content delivery, saving your student’s time and you, money.
Traffic Shaping puts you in control of how your bandwidth is used. You can limit internet access based on the content domain, on which student requested it, or even by the time of day (e.g. you can avoid congestion from software updates by having EDUGATEBOX only download outside school hours), keeping lesson times free from congestion.
Content Filtering lets you completely block requests that consume too much bandwidth or are otherwise unnecessary, freeing up bandwidth for the content that matters to you.
Combining these features together lets you introduce sophisticated content to your classroom, even with only limited connection capacity.