Frequently Asked Questions
All K-12 schools that want to participate in ConnectEd Nebraska will be able to! The project is currently working with pilot schools. More details regarding timeline for implementation and how to get involved will be announced once available.
Any K-12 public school district, private school, and Educational Service Unit (ESU) that is a member of Network Nebraska is eligible to take part in the ConnectEd Nebraska pilot project.
This includes Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) judicial schools in Kearney, Hastings, and Lincoln that are part of Network Nebraska, if DHHS approves. It does not include home (exempt) schools as they are outside of the Network Nebraska eligibility criteria as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-1201.01(03) and Neb. Rev. Stat. 86-5,100.
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The first year of the K-12 eduroam license and project management for the ConnectEd Nebraska Project funding by the Department of Education from federal ESSER funds. The second-year license funding is provided by the ESUCC GEER I funds with approval by governor Pete Ricketts. Starting in year three Network Nebraska will continue to fund the ConnectEd Nebraska program.
The RADIUS servers that perform the approval for a user to access the internet at a guest location can be implemented at the building, school district, or ESU level. Initial research revealed that more than 50 percent of Nebraska K-12 students were attending school districts that were already using RADIUS servers.
No, ConnectEd Nebraska will not solve the "Homework Gap". However, it will make the pathway to internet connectivity at hundreds of locations much easier and more accessible.
No, participation in the ConnectEd Nebraska pilot project is not required. However, the more entities that participate, the more accessible and easier it is for students, staff, and teachers to connect when away from their home school.
- Students and staff traveling to other school districts or college campuses for competitions and activities benefit!
- Teachers traveling between school buildings and substitute teachers working in more than one school district benefit!
- Student teachers and practicum students assigned to K-12 schools benefit!
- Technology coordinators who normally assign guest internet accounts benefit!
- ESU staff traveling and serving many school districts benefit!
- K-12 students and staff traveling out of state to other eduroam environments benefit!
- Families with more access to the internet benefit!