Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

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Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants. The goal of the Washington Digital Learning Access Grant Program is to support school districts, without adequate broadband connectivity, looking to upgrade to: scalable, fiber infrastructure, and.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

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Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. As a result, more schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities.

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Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

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But what was once the gold standard for high speed is now barely enough to keep pace with modern learning environments, according to Evan Marwell, CEO of the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which released its annual State of the States report Tuesday. million students who lack internet access, the nonprofit is also looking ahead to the future, when 1 Mbps per student becomes the new broadband benchmark.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services. Building the Digital Dream.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

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As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

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EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

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A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

EducationSuperHighway Attends Alaska Telephone Association 2018 Annual Meeting

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Last month, our Service Provider Partnership Manager Tim Riley and Network Engineer Jason Warchol traveled to the Alaska Telephone Association 2018 Annual Meeting. In Alaska, where we recently announced a partnership with Governor Bill Walker to address statewide school connectivity, the challenges that rural Alaska communities typically face in getting scalable broadband infrastructure are especially acute. How Have Other Communities Secured Broadband Access?

3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

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Digital learning helps students grasp concepts more fully, and not having access to the wealth of information found in online videos, apps, and curriculum puts these students at an immediate disadvantage to their connected peers. As schools increasingly turn to digital learning, all classrooms must have reliable, fast internet connections in order to prepare students sufficiently for future challenges like college and the job market.

Digital Learning Day 2018 is Here!

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Digital Learning Day 2018 is here. Join in with digital learning experts and doers across the country today. The Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education is underway for their Spring 2018 Symposium in Baltimore. Reviews are mixed on Trump Broadband Executive Orders.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap. Bearden, “There is no silver bullet for addressing digital equity in school communities.” On the Road The three school districts took different paths though they all had the same digital equity prize in sight.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

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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.

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

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School districts across the country are under pressure to get the biggest bang for the buck, and the federal E-rate program is a way to address internet connectivity needs cost-­effectively, while supporting the growing use of mobile computing devices and digital learning in classrooms. billion annually to K–12 school districts to help pay for access to high-speed broadband. School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. eli.zimmerman_9856.

SETDA Urges Public Comments to Support Closing the Homework Gap via EBS

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Specifically, education leaders can express support for maintaining EBS’s educational nature, especially as a wireless broadband […]. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Legislation UncategorizedSETDA encourages state agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders to provide public comments for the FCC, Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band by the deadline Wednesday (August 8) or to reply to comments posted by September 7.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

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School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades. For example, today, students need a minimum of 100 kbps of Internet bandwidth—the FCC has anticipated that by 2018, 1 Mbps per student will be the minimum recommended bandwidth for digital learning.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

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boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference.

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

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That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. With ongoing collaboration and learning, I have gained a refreshed understanding of what’s needed to achieve our goals, and I remain committed to educational equity. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning.

EducationSuperHighway announces new milestone in closing the K-12 connectivity gap

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Today, we released our fourth annual State of the States report: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day and we are proud to announce that 40.7 So as we kick off the 2018 school year , we know that reaching the goal of connecting 99% of America’s K-12 students is well within our reach. million students still don’t have access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning, down from 6.5 Today’s Digital Classrooms.

How the Power of Tech Influenced a Superintendent to Upgrade Connectivity in Buellton

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Dr. Haggard knew that updating the broadband infrastructure would help enhance their technology capabilities and greatly improve their ability to offer digital learning, but with the challenges of time, resources, and lack of technical support, he knew he needed assistance. In the end, it worked; Buellton was accepted into the BIIG program and will begin implementing their network upgrade to support their devices, computer-based assessments and digital learning plans.

How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas.

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On the other side of that equation are educators, who often draw from their own learning experiences in K-12 and higher education to inform their instruction. EdSurge recently sat down with Karen Cator, the CEO of Digital Promise, to get her take. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology who has been championing digital learning since long before the term “digital learning” was being thrown around—back when she was still a classroom teacher in Alaska.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

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After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. One unique aspect of Mat-Su’s approach to digital learning is that edtech is housed under the office of instruction. Since implementing Chromebooks and the blended learning strategy in the district, student performance metrics across the board have risen.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

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“With the passage of this bill, we will open up digital learning opportunities in classrooms across Oregon.” In total, the upgrade projects this year will catalyze up to $6 million in broadband investment in rural Oregon – a 15:1 return on investment of state funds. To learn more, view the full Connecting Oregon Schools Fund House Bill.

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

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 24, 2018) – Education Networks of America® (ENA) announces that CatchOn, Inc. , a software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards. Tech & Learning’s panel of educator judges concluded that CatchOn exhibited the quality, effectiveness, ease of use and creativity to warrant recognition during the ISTE 2018 conference in Chicago.

How Compare & Connect K-12 Can Help Service Providers

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This year, school districts seeking broadband upgrades are contending with the shortest-ever E-rate filing window, which means that there are just a few weeks left for service providers to find and bid on school district network services. Compare & Connect K-12, a free school broadband comparison tool, has helped thousands of school districts prepare for their network upgrades.

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools

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10, 2018 – Impero Software, specialist providers of remote monitoring and management software for education, in conjunction with ENA, a provider of comprehensive technology solutions for education institutions and libraries, has been selected for a New York state contract covering classroom management, school safety and device management software. Austin, TX, Oct.

3 Things Dedham Public Schools Can Now Do With a Fiber Connection

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With a 50% E-rate discount and 10% matching funds through the state’s Digital Connections Partnerships Schools Grant & Loan Program that resulted in an additional 10% from E-rate (for a total of 70% discount), the district moved to a fully self-provisioned fiber network. Inspire teachers to regularly embrace digital learning. For Dedham, better broadband infrastructure has meant greater device use in the classroom.

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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And during the recent edWebinar “Get Smart with EdTech: Track Usage on Every Device,” presenters Jeremy Bunkley, Director of Information Technology Services, School District of Clay County, FL, and Leo Brehm, Product Manager, CatchOn, acknowledged that one goal of edtech is to provide educators with data so that they can develop a more effective and personalized learning plan for each student.

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. CatchOn provides unprecedented and critical visibility into what's happening across school systems' networks, meaning district leaders can make evidence-based, real-time decisions about digital resources and application usage.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Even as many traditional textbook providers are transitioning to digital formats, paper and ink have proved stubbornly resilient. The nonprofit publisher of K-12 curriculum launched in 2016 expecting an audience for its digital offerings. Digital versions are made available for free. “We higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company.

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Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

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Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway. The nonprofit broadband advocacy group found nearly 45 million students enjoy in-school access to high-speed internet connectivity, up from 39 million in 2017. According to the agency’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report , 88 percent of U.S.

Mission Accomplished: EducationSuperHighway Announces Closure of the K-12 Connectivity Gap

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Ninety-nine percent of America’s schools now have high-speed broadband connections capable of providing enough bandwidth to enable their students and teachers to use technology in the classroom. million teachers in 83,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. Tomorrow’s Digital Classrooms. This powerful connection will allow the benefits of digital learning to reach every classroom, every day.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

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Department of Education were present at the 2018 annual Consortium of School Networking conference to update the group on the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), Title II and Title IVA of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ((ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)), and updates from the privacy office. Staffers from the U.S.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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Or just plain online learning. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. That can make it tough to move to a digital workflow even when classes are meeting as scheduled. Emergency online teaching. Remote delivery of instruction.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments.