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How does your district’s broadband stack up?

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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. Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country.

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. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade. With 1 Gbps of bandwidth and 1 Wi-Fi access point per classroom, the district meets the bandwidth goals set by the Oklahoma Connect & Learn Initiative and SETDA.

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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. Use our free Compare & Connect K-12 transparency tool.

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.

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. Use our free Compare & Connect K-12 transparency tool.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. Since education has been focusing more on adapting itself to its students, rather than students learning to adapt to its educators, there’s never been a better time to re-examine strategies ranging from classroom pedagogy to campus-wide technology initiatives. Digital is King.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

Six Tips for Your School District’s Category 2 Upgrade

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it allots $3.9 This is a critical resource now, because schools need robust Wi-Fi to keep up with rising digital learning demands, including 1:1 device policies and multimedia learning programs. To date, only 50% of that available E-rate funding has been utilized. Access RFP templates and other tools to help you with your upgrade. Tips & Tools Category 2

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. For most, that involves applying for funding to install scalable fiber infrastructure, while for others, there may be other ways to ensure that every student can access the digital resources and opportunities they need to prepare for college and their careers. Tips & Tools Tips & tools

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. Our engineering team downloads broadband services, pricing, connection type, and service provider data from the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) publicly available E-rate Form 471 filings. Machine Learning and Analysis. Tips & ToolsTRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

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. Leveraged E-rate modernization.

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.

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.

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

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E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. With more E-Rate data comes a more detailed picture for the state of internet connectivity. As more fiber networks have been established—largely due to subsidies provided by E-Rate and work by state leaders—more schools have also been able to get the wi-fi they need.

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. As a member of the K-12 broadband steering committee, Salyards was eager to learn more.

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

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] modernized the E-rate program in 2014, paving the way for governors and other state leaders to step up to take meaningful action to upgrade schools. million more students that now have the minimum connectivity they need for digital learning. Do you think schools are using the new transparency provided by E-rate to negotiate better deals?

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.

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. As a member of the K-12 broadband steering committee, Salyards was eager to learn more.

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

Education Superhighway

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. In just a few years, America has taken significant steps to decrease its digital learning disadvantage and is now implementing innovative education technology in more classrooms than ever before.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

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How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, Instructional Technology Manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum.

10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration

Learning in Hand

I’m spending the day at the 2017 Iowa 1:1 Institute in Des Moines. Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant at Grand Wood AEA. Big Idea #1 Technology is integrated well when it is used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. “If Big Idea #2 Technology is integrated well when instruction is modified to meet the needs of the digital age learner. Teachers can learn a lot from lessons and activities that fail.

How Much Longer Will Schools Have to Scrape Together Technology Funding?

Edsurge

Since the shift to remote learning in spring 2020, schools in the U.S. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, gave $10 million to a single school district in California, aimed at closing digital disparities. More than Devices The “digital divide” was not quite a household term two years ago.

?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 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week.” ” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.”

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. In 2017, EducationSuperHighway’s annual “State of the States” report declared 94 percent of U.S. District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Challenges to accreditation and certification and the steady drumbeat of “everyone should learn to code” are connected to politics as well as to the business of ed-tech. And now, the final weeks of 2016 revolve around what will happen after January 20, 2017. E-Rate has been, since the origin of the fund in 1996, the main way in which schools and libraries were supposedly guaranteed “reasonable rates” on telecommunications services.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Chalkbeat on NAEP : “The national test of students’ progress has gone digital. My kids gonna learn today ?? ” Via the Google blog : “Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time.” million in seed funding from LearnStart (Learn Capital) and Rethink Education.

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