Setting Up the Bridge to Broadband Mapping Tool
As part of our efforts to bridge the digital equity gap in Wisconsin, DPI has partnered with EducationSuperHighway to offer school districts in Wisconsin maps that help visualize student connectivity data. Public school districts can use this mapping tool to identify unconnected households and help find internet service provider options. Your district can take advantage of this data visualization by submitting both student address and digital equity data through WISEdata.
To get started and allow district users to access the Bridge to Broadband map for your district through WISEhome, follow the steps below. Note that accessing the Bridge to Broadband through WISEhome requires users to sign in with a Google account instead of a WAMS account, so make sure you complete the steps to enable Google single sign-on as part of this setup process if you haven't already enabled that feature.
Please note that this mapping tool is available only to public school districts at this time.
Setting Up Access to the Bridge to Broadband Mapping Tool
- Submit Address and Digital Equity Data to WISEdata
- Configure Google Single Sign-on
- Acknowledge Data Use Agreement in WISEadmin Portal
- Give Users Access to the Bridge to Broadband Mapping Tool in WISEhome
- Getting Assistance
Submit Digital Equity Data
The Bridge to Broadband mapping tool uses digital equity data submitted to WISEdata to visualize connectivity throughout school districts. To get started using the tool, you first need to make sure that you're submitting the necessary digital equity data, including student address data. To use the mapping tool, you need to submit all of the following student data elements to WISEdata:
- Student Address
- Device Access
- Digital Device
- Internet Access in Residence
- Internet Access Type in Residence
- Internet Performance
If you do not already collect the above digital equity data from households in your district, you can get started using the Internet Access at Home Survey or create your own custom questionnaire based on the guidance on that page.
Verify that Address and Digital Equity Data Is Being Sent
To check whether you're sending the necessary address and digital equity data:
- Log into WISEhome, then open WISEdata Portal.
- In WISEdata Portal, go to Student Search and open a student’s record.
- On the Student Detail Screen, open the Demographics - School Level tab.
- Under Student Addresses, make sure that data appears in the fields labeled Address Type, Street, Apartment/Suite, City, State, and Postal/Zip Code.
- Under Student Indicators, verify that data appears in the fields labeled DeviceAccess, DigitalDevice, InternetAccessInResidence, InternetAccessTypeInResidence, and InternetPerformance.
- Optionally, open several other students’ records and verify that data appears in those records as well.
If address and digital equity data doesn’t appear:
- First, verify that you’re collecting address and digital equity data for students and that you have entered this data into your student information system (SIS).
- If you have entered the data into your SIS and it doesn’t appear in WISEdata Portal, contact your SIS vendor for assistance.
In order to access the Bridge to Broadband mapping tool, users need to sign in using a Google account instead of with a WAMS account.
You might have already configured Google single sign-on for your organization so that users can use the Sign in with Google button to sign into WISEhome. If you haven't completed that setup, refer to the Google Single Sign-on guide for complete instructions.
Once you are submitting the necessary data and have configured Google single sign-on, the next step is to the next step is to have the superintendent or a district administrator with access to the WISEadmin Portal application acknowledge the Digital Equity & Student Address - Data Sharing agreement. To complete these steps, a user needs to have either the District Admin or Agency role in WISEadmin Portal.
To acknowledge the data use agreement:
1. Log into WISEhome and go to the WISEadmin Portal application.
2. On the WISEadmin Portal home page, select the Administrator Acknowledgment tile.
If you don't see the Administrator Acknowledgment tile, you need to request access. To request access to the Administrator Acknowledgment page in WISEadmin Portal, follow the steps on the WISEhome Information page. In the Comments field of your request, mention that you need either the Agency or District Administrator role.
3. Open the Value Added Services panel and scroll down to the Digital Equity & Student Address - Data Sharing section.
4. Click on the data use agreement link and review the agreement.
5. If the district agrees to the data use agreement, select the check box to acknowledge the agreement, then click Submit.
Once your subscription to EducationSuperHighway is active, the last step is for your DSA to give users access to open the Bridge to Broadband Mapping Tool through WISEhome. To do so:
- Log into WISEhome, then open the WISEsecure application.
- Select Manage Security at the top of the screen.
- On the Manage Security page, search for DigitalBridgeK12, then select DigitalBridgeK12 from the search results.
- On the User Role Assignments screen, assign users the following roles as appropriate:
- mapUser: Users with this role can view maps for their district and use filter options within the map tool.
- mapAdmin: Users with this role can view and filter maps like the mapUser role and also have access to add additional features and data properties to maps.
- Note that it can take 24 to 48 hours for users to gain access to the mapping tool after being assigned a user role.
If you need assistance with any of the above setup, please create a help desk ticket and a member of our customer services team will help you.
If you have completed the setup above in WISEadmin Portal and WISEsecure, but users cannot access the mapping tool after 48 hours, contact the mapping tool support team.