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

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Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white. These companies have committed money, mentors and other resources to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities. And I want to run a video game company.”.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education.

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CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

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JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. Seen as a way to give institutions more tools for meeting connectivity demands, these “smart fiber” options are already being used by schools nationwide.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

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However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

The same point can be made for the athlete who is whisked off to a game or swim meet right after school and is unable to do her homework on the bus or while sitting in the bleachers.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. Fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can scale cost-effectively to meet growing bandwidth needs.

The Business of Education Technology

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The total dollars invested in 2016 are off by about $2 billion from this time last year; the number of deals are down by a third; and the number of acquisitions are off by about 20%. Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or Or lack thereof – see “ The 2016 Ed-Tech Dead Pool.”).

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

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K98BwFMkIc @ryancraiguv #edtech pic.twitter.com/3mITJHvODv — EdSurge HigherEd (@HigherEdSurge) November 11, 2016. ” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. ” The company has raised $12.5 Echo360 has acquired testing company Astute Technology.

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. ” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. Education Politics.

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.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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In this still from a Byju's provided video, about 20,000 students pack the country's largest indoor arena for a math lesson from the company's CEO in 2013. These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself.

A Bootcamp Down Under: Trilogy Education Extends University Tech Training Globally

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As technology companies from Google to Salesforce plant roots in Australia, government and business leaders down under are trying to figure out ways to train students and workers to keep up with a changing workforce. company thinks it can help prepare the country’s future programmers. Melbourne city officials also launched a Startup Action Plan in 2017, with the goals of drawing more tech companies to the region and luring local students with the opportunities that would follow.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Her district of Garfield County has provided a computer to every student since 2016. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming. Related: Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

on February 23, 2016, an incendiary email landed on a nonprofit listserv, blasting a federal program that many of the listserv’s members rely on to bring high-speed internet to low-income and rural Americans. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007.

CatchOn Wins Second Consecutive Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Award

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Founded in 2016 by Jena Draper, CatchOn provides district technology leaders with real-time evidence about application utilization, implementation fidelity, cost and return on investment.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

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In 2017, the same survey reported 44 percent of respondents found the EPC portal “difficult to use,” compared with 50 percent in 2015 and 2016. Anytime you implement a new system you are going to have challenges,” says Radha Sekar, the CEO of the Universal Service Administrative Company, or USAC, which built the EPC portal and administers the E-rate program for the FCC. In fact, some applicants are still waiting on funding they applied for back in 2016.

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

The Hechinger Report

When administrators in Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools were buying MacBooks during the 2015-16 school year, the local Best Buy was offering a lower price than Apple, even after the company’s standard discount for school districts. The company eventually agreed. “No

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

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Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. The Universal Service Funds refer to the telecom fees collected by USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, that pay for E-Rate. Additionally, broadband cost per megabit is dropping across the board, and schools are receiving more bids from telecom providers, making pricing more competitive.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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Jena Draper is the founder and general manager at CatchOn, a company designed to support teaching and learning through the smarter use of data and technology. Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?”

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The History of the Future of E-rate

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While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

Education's Online Futures

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No doubt, Udacity, Coursera, and edX have been moving away from “free” and “open” online education for a while now , charging fees for courses and certificates and acting much more like online program management companies – third party vendors for Internet-based courses and degree programs. For its part, Udacity has fully rebranded itself as a high-tech job training company, a topic I’ll cover in more detail in a forthcoming article in this series.

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How one Chicago high school turned the corner using full-time internships

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He toggled his computer between a budget spreadsheet and his color-coded schedule, double-checking figures for an upcoming meeting with his supervisor at CNA Insurance. From 2014 to 2016, the percentage of ChiTech freshmen on track to graduate in four years rose from 63 to 78 percent.

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Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for the original reporting on this in 2016. Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” ” Via NPR : “Outcry After Louisiana Teacher Arrested During School Board Meeting.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.”

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

At least one Duke University study suggested that the arrival of broadband service in North Carolina between 2000 and 2005 correlated with a small, but significant dip in reading and math scores for elementary school students.

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Pretty sure “meet with Pitbull” and “spend millions on protection services from the Federal Marshals” are not on anyone’s list of education priorities. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K–12 Fears.” ” Via Ars Technica : “ Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students.” The company has raised $4.25 Education Politics.