Broadband For All

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend I was traveling through rural southern Virginia and Tennessee and saw signs encouraging law makers to consider legislation "encouraging" providers to expand broadband networks and heard a story out of southern Kentucky about students in distance learning programs were struggling because of the lack of access to high-speed Internet. The FCC recently unveiled the National Broadband Plan which aims to bring high-speed Internet into every home and school in the country.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.

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A Level Playing Field.

The Web20Classroom

Surprisingly there are still places in this country where schools are not connected to a high speed broadband connection (and are relying on dial-up still) or where they have no access at all. ( Access. Equity.

Net Neutrality -- Our Tech Staff Debates the Issue

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

There Isn''t Enough Broadband Market Choice to Prevent Bad Actors Net Neutrality is the Internet''s First Amendment Mrs. H. The issue of net neutrality is a hot topic of discussion with our tech staff! Since I wrote Net Neutrality -- Something to Fight For , both Mr. T and Mrs. H. got in the fray, with their own ideas. Mrs. H. is pro, and Mr. T. is con. Mrs. H brings two articles to the discussion.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the last decade you will also know that mobile is booming: the statistics bare this out with a 20% year-on-year increase in the uptake of mobile broadband (data) subscriptions. Welcome to NEO Blog 2018!

Three Things We Learned at Khan Academy Over the Last Decade

Edsurge

I made three assumptions back in 2010 that still hold sway today. Back in 2010, my experience tutoring told me that students’ struggles had nothing to do with “innate ability” or subject matter difficulty.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010. CoSN Calls Broadband Access Outside School a ‘Civil Right’ for Students. Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog.

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Microsoft to Use TV White Space to Put Wi-Fi on Rural School Buses

EdTech Magazine

TVWS works by delivering broadband internet over unused TV channels, which traditionally serve as buffers between active channels. Key to unlocking the potential of TVWS, the FCC in 2010 allowed unlicensed radio transmitters to be in the white space, freeing up the spectrum and opening up opportunities for high-speed internet. Microsoft to Use TV White Space to Put Wi-Fi on Rural School Buses. jena.passut_7651. Wed, 05/02/2018 - 11:41.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Published by digiLEARN, a non-profit led by some of the leaders that launched the broadband effort in North Carolina, the paper offers important lessons for policymakers undertaking any multi-year, complicated change process.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

The department has held competitions since 2010 for the Investing in Innovation Fund or the Education in Research (EIR) Program, which replaced the Innovation Fund in ESSA. Staffers from the U.S.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

Edsurge

They went into first grade when Apple was rolling out the first iPad, in 2010. However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode.

Four Takeaways from League Candidates for Superintendent of the Year

Digital Promise

A committed leader in closing the digital learning gap , Devin and his team actively develop innovative ways to provide 24/7 connectivity to students, including hosting conversations with housing developers to advocate for equipping new units with broadband.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

So Bryant signed her up for a game development camp at Stanford in 2010, only to learn that Kai was one of the few girls—and the only student of color—in the group. But many of them may go home or go to a school where there’s no broadband access. If students can’t do that at home or in school, because either they don’t have a laptop or they don’t have access to broadband, that’s a big barrier for them.

A New Definition For Equity In Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

The ratio of girls enrolled in primary school rose from 85 to 93 per 100 boys between 1999 and 2010, whereas it fell from 83 to 82 and from 67 to 63 at the secondary and tertiary levels. A New Definition For Equity In Education. by Terry Heick.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Almost 14 million devices were shipped to schools last year, up from 3 million in 2010, according to the market research firm Futuresource Consulting. And EducationSuperHighway brought pricing transparency to school district broadband purchasing.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

More common in 2010 and 2011, the early days of the current edtech investment cycle, those deals were prevalent at a time that saw an abundance of new ideas, companies and investments. Continued improvements in school technology infrastructure, in particular the “penetration of broadband and digital devices,” says Rogers, is making it possible for “best-in-class digital solutions to win in the market.” For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

edWeb.net

The Future Ready movement grew out of the Connect Ed initiative launched by President Obama in 2013 with several goals: to connect 99% of students in schools to broadband, and to address the need for more professional learning and leadership to ensure the effective use of technology.

Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

This means lower costs up-front and lower costs overall when compared to the combined costs of cellular and monthly broadband Internet service to the home. 2010).

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

The agency issued an order to support affordable access to high-speed broadband in particular (not merely “access to the Internet”) and to boost access and bandwidth of schools’ WiFi networks. million settlement paid by Hewlett Packard in 2010 over accusations of fraud. ” Cost has certainly remained a barrier for the poorest schools, as has the infrastructure itself in some areas – a lack of high speed broadband service altogether, for example.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. broadband privacy rules.” ” From August: “ Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people.” ” From October : “FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.”

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5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

At the 2010 Virtual School Symposium sponsored by iNACOL it was clear that blended instruction is quickly becoming a viable instructional option as many states adopt seat-waver initiatives. As broadband service become increasingly common there is no reason for physical media such as DVD''s and CD''s.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And here’s how it differs from the one that Obama issued in 2010. Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” Education Politics. President Trump gave a not-the-State-of-the-Union address to Congress on Tuesday. Details about the education-related elements of his speech from NPR , The New York Times , Education Week , and The Washington Post. Via The New York Times : “For Trump and DeVos , a Florida Private School Is a Model for Choice.”

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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

But it appears that the massive growth that the sector has experienced since 2010 stopped this year. This fall, the EducationSuperHighway released a price comparison tool so that districts could see neighbors’ broadband costs and ideally leverage that information to get a better deal. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

MindShift

The South Fayette school district’s transformation began on a rainy October afternoon in 2010 when Aileen Owens, the district’s newly hired director of technology and innovation, got a call from Frank Kruth, a middle school science teacher. SOUTH FAYETTE, PA.