Since 2015, Pedare Christian College in Adelaide, South Australia has relied on connectivity to the AARNet network for delivering a rigorous digitally-enabled academic program and a broad and diverse range of co-curricular opportunities. Over the years the partnership has delivered network solutions to meet the College’s evolving needs, including BYOD and the transition to cloud services for business operations and curriculum delivery.
ICT Manager Peter Cheel says partnering withAARNet provided the College with the flexibility to tackle a rapid shift to offsite learning seamlessly during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our staff and students have been using online learning resources for many years now, but COVID-19 challenged us to transition our teaching practice online as well. Having the 10Gigabit bandwidth in place to support access to Cloud systems meant that introducing video streaming for every teacher was possible immediately,” said Cheel.
“Having reliable, dependable low-latency high-bandwidth access in place to a network designed for enabling education users to directly access cloud providers like Google and AWS has given our staff confidence in the technology they are using. That confidence meant teachers were able to undertake significant professional development and put new skills straight into practice. The College was able to transform its entire teaching delivery into an interactive online experience in less than two weeks from conception to practice,” he added.
With its increasing dependency on cloud services, next up for the College is transitioning the secondary AARNet link from 1Gbps to 10Gbps, which will transition a passive backup path into a seamless dual-homed connection. Additionally, the College is implementing highly available direct AARNet connection to the Amazon Web Services cloud environment.
“In partnership with AARNet, we have designed a connectivity solution that is the very best it can be for delivering education in the 21st century,” said Cheel.
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