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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

On July 13, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state had connected Glen Rose School District, the final Arkansas district awaiting high-speed Internet connectivity. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016, with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. “It’s Next page: Better broadband affordability). Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsEighty-eight percent of U.S.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

On July 13, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state had connected Glen Rose School District, the final Arkansas district awaiting high-speed Internet connectivity. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

As teachers kick off the back-to-school season, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the role technology plays in your classrooms and how you empower your students to navigate digital learning. To get the conversation started, we asked three former teachers on our team about the benefits and challenges of digital learning, as well as the impact digital literacy can have on today’s students. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

A free tool from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is intended to help district technology leaders compare broadband and connectivity information with other districts nearby and across the nation. The goal is simple: transparency regarding school district broadband and bandwidth pricing data in an effort to help school districts get more bandwidth for their broadband budgets. Next page: District success stories and highlights of the new tool).

States cut in half the number of K-12 students lacking high-speed broadband

FETC Converge

A new report from EducationSuperHighway highlights K-12 broadband gains but says more work is needed to deliver digital tools to 11.6 42 governors are leading K-12 broadband upgrades that have helped halve the number of students lacking adequate access to digital learning tools in the past year, according to a new report. Uncategorized digital learning digital tools high-speed broadband internet conectivity report telecommunications

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. 100 kbps per student may have been sufficient bandwidth when there were only 520 students and few devices, but as the student population and technology use grew, so did the district’s need for more robust broadband. With this approach, the excitement about the newly digitized curriculum was contagious amongst teachers.

Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

eSchool News

Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school. Digital Learning and Tools IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

What's Happened in North Carolina With Statewide Support for Digital Learning

Edsurge

And as the Haw burbled in the background last Friday and Saturday, school administrators, teachers and edtech entrepreneurs gathered for thoughtful conversations and exchanges around how to use digital technology to support learning at the 30th EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Here’s what we learned. North Carolina has been supporting digital learning longer than many other states. A Vision for Digital Learning. Student learning: Yes!

Look Into the Future Ready

CUE

Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. Schools that are Future Ready are those with empowered teachers, courageous leaders, students who take charge of their learning, and the tools available to support personalized approaches that ensure college or career readiness for all students.

2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband

Education Superhighway

Today marks the release of our second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. This incredible progress means many of America’s schools now have the same connectivity as top performing schools across the globe, giving their students the tools they need to prepare for and compete for 21 st century jobs. Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.

ED updates infrastructure guide to reflect school modernization efforts

FETC Converge

Education Department recently released Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, an update to a 2014 infrastructure guide to aid schools and districts that are seeking to upgrade broadband connectivity and devices. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure digital learning E-Rate infrastructure guide tech tools for administratorsBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The U.S.

IT leaders expect steady increase in digital materials

FETC Converge

Technology leaders at the K-12 and higher ed levels said they expect more digital learning tools in their schools and on their campuses, but they also expressed concerns over having enough manpower to handle increased technology demands. Uncategorized broadband networks digital educational materials digital learning information technology learning tools

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

And when you look at larger, more densely populated school districts–in urban markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or Chicago–district leaders often face added pressures and challenges to do digital right, and often with little support. There are a few notable challenges that most urban districts have to manage when considering a digital transformation: When I was superintendent of Clark County School District in Nevada, we had approximately 18,000 teachers across 367 schools.

3 educational technology tools to be thankful for

eSchool News

Now is also a time to reflect on what educational technology tools U.S. These devices and the included applications like Google Docs support collaborative learning. Broadband improvements. US schools, particularly those in rural areas, have struggled to provide broadband that is fast enough to allow for the benefits of devices like Chromebooks. trillion in American Internet infrastructure have helped to improve broadband speed by 660 times since 2002.

Why are rural schools still struggling with high-speed internet access?

eSchool News

Now, new efforts offer opportunities to improve connections speeds–and along with them, learning. Learning is increasingly digital, and rightfully so–today’s students are developing technology skills that are in high demand in a connected global economy. But to be competitive and succeed in college and the workforce, students need high-speed internet access to use digital learning resources and digital tools.

Fiber or Cable? Making the Switch to Scalable High-Speed Connections

Education Superhighway

As school districts increasingly take advantage of digital learning in the classroom, they need high-speed connectivity that supports their expanded technology use. Though the amount of bandwidth each district needs depends, among other factors, on its size and location, every district can benefit from planning broadband infrastructure with growing technology demands in mind. How Can School Districts Scale for Tomorrow’s Digital Learning Needs?

California Governor Jerry Brown Announces Partnership With EducationSuperHighway

Education Superhighway

On November 3, 2017, California’s Governor Jerry Brown announced the California Broadband for Education Initiative , a collaboration between, the California Department of Education, the K-12 High Speed Network, and EducationSuperHighway. ” We couldn’t be more thrilled to affirm our mutual goal of making high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi accessible and affordable for all K-12 public schools across our home state of California.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. Machine Learning and Analysis. Tips & Tools

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. Digital learning usage grows each year, requiring students to have reliable, fast connections in order to prepare sufficiently for future challenges like college and the job market. You can find that comparative district pricing on our free price transparency tool, Compare & Connect.

Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

Education Superhighway

Last May, EducationSuperHighway partnered with Darby School District to connect all students to high-speed broadband so they can take advantage of digital learning in school year 2017. We are happy to share that Darby students are now connected to digitally-rich classrooms. Keeping digital learning goals in mind, Darby completed a cost analysis for all bids through the Broadband Upgrade Consulting Program. Tips & Tools

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. Digital learning usage grows each year, requiring students to have reliable, fast connections in order to prepare sufficiently for future challenges like college and the job market. You can find that comparative district pricing on our free price transparency tool, Compare & Connect.

6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

Those needs often differ based on your school’s location, number of students, and digital learning curriculum, so it’s useful to start with some broadband best practices as you build your school’s digital future. Here are six key considerations, based on the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband access recommendations, to bear in mind as you evaluate your school’s needs. Tips & Tools

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?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

Edsurge

E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. According to the report, 83 percent of schools now have adequate wi-fi in place to support 1:1 learning environments. The report also found that 42 percent of districts have also upgraded their existing broadband at little or no extra cost. million students without the minimum bandwidth to access digital learning tools.

8 bids later: The power of group negotiations

Education Superhighway

The Northeast Board of Cooperative Educational Services (NE BOCES) provides technology support for 12 Colorado school districts that all needed faster, more reliable Internet access to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. The consortium’s path to better digital access took a positive turn in August 2016. Dan explained how NE BOCES could make use of our technical and RFP-writing resources in order to access better broadband options for their schools.

Infographic: The ed-tech challenges faced by immigrant students

eSchool News

Families headed by immigrant Hispanics are less likely to have a broadband internet connection or own devices that connect to broadband internet–just 35 percent of immigrant Hispanic families have broadband access and only 63 percent own a computer. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News News Thought Leadership

New Report Highlights How Close Are We To Closing the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Since EducationSuperHighway began, creating digital learning opportunities for all children has motivated us to ensure that digital equity is a nationwide reality in our education system. According to 2017 data from the Federal Communications Commission: 2 million students and 2.6 million teachers have reached or exceeded the minimum recommended connectivity level for digital learning. Why Digital Equity Matters.

6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

Those needs often differ based on your school’s location, number of students, and digital learning curriculum, so it’s useful to start with some broadband best practices as you build your school’s digital future. Here are six key considerations, based on the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband access recommendations, to bear in mind as you evaluate your school’s needs.

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8 bids later: The power of group negotiations

Education Superhighway

The Northeast Board of Cooperative Educational Services (NE BOCES) provides technology support for 12 Colorado school districts that all needed faster, more reliable Internet access to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. The consortium’s path to better digital access took a positive turn in August 2016. Dan explained how NE BOCES could make use of our technical and RFP-writing resources in order to access better broadband options for their schools.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. million more students that now have the minimum connectivity they need for digital learning. There is certainly an element of natural market forces that are making broadband more affordable for schools, but our report shows that the cost of internet has declined 40% from 2015 to 2016 — far more than the 10% decline that would be expected. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning. .

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Educators and students are compelled to use centrally purchased tools, data systems, and popular social media platforms.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Educators and students are compelled to use centrally purchased tools, data systems, and popular social media platforms.

EdTech 150

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 The overall outlook in the 2017 State of the States report appears rosy: 94 percent of school districts meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum connectivity standards, and 88 percent of schools self-report that they have sufficient Wi-Fi in their classrooms. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52% of teachers in more affluent schools. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.