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What is datacasting?

Datacasting is a term derived from ‘data’ and ‘broadcasting’.

While broadcasting refers to sending programming “over-the-air” that can be picked up by an antenna and played on a television, datacasting refers to using those same signals to securely transmit data that can be used by a computer. If a home can receive a television signal, it can also receive the data signal.

About the pilot

Across the United States, several agencies, including KET, have used datacasting to support public safety and public emergency incidents. Although the concept of datacasting has been around for many years, the idea of using the technology for education is a new one. Beginning in January 2021, KET, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, is launching a pilot project to explore how datacasting can reach and provide instructional content to students without internet access.

The program will support teachers and students by delivering standards-aligned classroom resources, such as worksheets, tests, presentations, images and even video to homes without broadband internet.

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How will the datacasting process work?

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1. Instructional content is created

Kentucky educators will create instructional content that is aligned to state standards.

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2. Content is securely sent

Instructional content is sent to the KET network.

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3. Content is transmitted to students

Instructional content is transmitted over a secured signal to each student device.

Wifi Enabled devices

Wi-Fi Enabled Device

In order to receive files via datacasting, a student will need a Wi-Fi enabled device (i.e., cell phone, computer, tablet, etc.), as well as an antenna and receiver (which are provided through the pilot). No internet access is required.

File transmission

Any type of file (jpg, PDF, mp4, etc.) can be transmitted via datacasting. This means that the possibilities of creating and packaging content designed for instruction are limitless.

Our goal for this pilot

Our goal is to create an engaging learning experience for students who would not otherwise have access to the vast array of available online resources. The pilot program will test the real-world application of this technology and how both teachers and students find its use, value and effectiveness. Discussions are ongoing about models for returning completed work/assignments to an instructor.

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When will datacasting become available for educational use?

KET will launch its datacasting pilot program in January 2021. The ability to make datacasting available to end users in specific areas will vary depending on key readiness factors (i.e., educational content, technology, coverage, funding).

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