Technology Consortium Opportunities
The following is a list of consortium opportunities available to K-12 school districts in Allegheny County.
For more information regarding consortium opportunities and pricing, contact Rich Platts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CatchOn is a comprehensive data analytics tool that provides public school administrative leaders a window into the efficacy of their technology investments and integrations. A user-friendly tool that compiles real-time data on every device, enabling school districts to make data-informed decisions about the apps and online tools their educators and students are using. In 2018, CatchOn joined forces with ENA, a leading provider of comprehensive technology solutions to education institutions and libraries across the nation. Collectively, CatchOn and ENA leverage their respective resources and expertise to deliver critical services and solutions that help school districts produce positive outcomes in the communities they serve.
The Allegheny Connect Regional Wide Area Network (RWAN) is comprised of 41 of 42 school districts, 3 CTC’s and the AIU in Allegheny County being joined together in a hub and spoke fiber optic educational network. Members choose between a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps connection and then choose upstream Internet connectivity based on need at a deep discount. The RWAN provides its member districts with access to the Pennsylvania state K-12 network (PAIUNET), in addition students and teachers connect to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s backbone to Internet 2 for peering/caching of routes to major content providers including Microsoft, Google, etc. The RWAN is governed by an elected set of IT leaders from a cross-section of district demographics. Costs to maintain the RWAN are equally shared by the consortium membership and partially subsidized by E-Rate. This is one of the best and most economical consortium-based K-12 regional networks operating in the US.