5 priorities for broadband access

eSchool News

Equitable, reliable, and robust broadband access both on and off campus is essential to support digital learning and prepare K-12 students for life and work. Related content: 7 things supporting broadband best practices.

How to ensure home broadband access for every student

eSchool News

When the coronavirus pandemic forced students into remote learning this past spring, many telecommunications companies stepped up to offer free or deeply discounted home broadband access to families who couldn’t afford it.

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Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students

The Christensen Institute

From broadband to broad supports. The post Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students appeared first on Christensen Institute. From major cities to swaths of rural America, long-standing gaps in internet connectivity have never been so stark.

Using School Bus WiFi to Provide Internet Access for Distance Learning

Kajeet

As many districts transition to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year , digital equity for students has become more imp erative than ever.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Broadband’s Big Picture. Marc continues to advocate for and work with several other broadband initiatives in the state and with organizations like SETDA.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

Edsurge

The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

Broadband expands equitable access to education, workforce prep

eSchool News

This makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Related content: 7 things supporting broadband best practices. Broadband’s big picture.

Rural areas have been slow to connect to broadband. More public funding could speed things up

The Hechinger Report

But there is one essential that has always been scarce in this part of the country and that she couldn’t stock up on: Broadband access. Perry’s home isn’t wired for broadband access. The lack of broadband access effectively ended the 2019-20 school year in March of 2020.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

The Class of 2020 is graduating from a distance. The Universal Service Fund program known as E-rate helps K-12 schools and public libraries address technology infrastructure needs, which includes providing onsite broadband access to students and patrons.

BAND-NC Seeks to Expand Broadband Services

techlearning

BAND-NC seeks to help North Carolina become the first state in the nation where every county has a digital inclusion plan by the end of 2022

Untethered Broadband, Enhanced Professional Development and Other Major Ed Tech Trends for 2021

EdTech Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic upended education in 2020, sending more students home to learn virtually and bringing new concepts such as hybrid learning to the mainstream.

Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind

Marketplace K-12

The post Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind appeared first on Market Brief. Congressional lawmakers this week started working on the next coronavirus stimulus package, which will have major funding implications for K-12 education.

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 

SETDA Says

It is difficult to believe that it has been 13 years since SETDA’s 2008 journey in developing and publishing the Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education. At that time, the critical topics that bubbled to the top were broadband access, […].

Resources For Teachers and Instructional Coaches – December 2020

Edthena

The report highlights states (Tennessee, Mississippi, Massachusetts) that have used state and federal relief funding to purchase devices and expand broadband connectivity. All of these recommended reads for teachers and instructional coaches are on the nice list!

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

It also means supporting better online curricula, higher quality broadband for families that need it and creative staffing plans that allow the most vulnerable teachers the safest possible return.

11 facts about today’s K-12 IT leadership

eSchool News

Broadband access and the ever-growing equity gap are among K-12 IT leaders’ top concerns, according to CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey. Efforts to expand broadband access outside of school have increased dramatically.

A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

EdTech Magazine

When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

Data as the Key to Learning: A Conversation with Mo Katibeh of AT&T

techlearning

The nationwide massive shift to eLearning means that broadband data is absolutely necessary for K-12 and higher-ed students

A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

Developed by the University of New Mexico-Taos Education and Career Center and local business partners, Taos HIVE was designed to solve challenges unique to rural communities, such as geographic isolation, education deserts , and lack of access to broadband and other services.

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Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

Check with your local broadband provider to see if they have free access programs. Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

For many Americans, going without broadband internet would be like giving up water or electricity because it’s a means to their livelihood. Specifically, over nine million children don’t have broadband at home.

Joint SETDA and CoSN statement on FCC Rural Telecommunications Offer

SETDA Says

SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC for acting this week to help rural telecommunications providers offer affordable broadband to qualified students. Broadband Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Legislation

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

As of late Sunday, March 15th, at least 32.5 million public school students attending at least 64,000 schools have seen their education interrupted; and more than 200 colleges and universities are canceling or postponing in-person classes and activities as COVID-19 enters pandemic territory.

Using Your Strategic Plan to Keep Your Stakeholders Informed and Engaged During Times of Change

Education Elements

We may not know if all of our students are safe and accounted for, let alone if they have access to a device and broadband connection. One of our favorite expressions is that the only constant thing in life is change, which today’s global crisis affirms for us each day.

E-rate report reveals dire need for off-campus internet

eSchool News

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities now have a much deeper appreciation for the significant role that broadband communication plays in educating students and connecting our citizens. ” Key 2020 report findings include: 1.

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How competency-based education can help the nation recover from COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

The pandemic has taken everyone’s carefully-laid plans and schedules, crumpled them up, and tossed them in the garbage. To paraphrase Dr. Anthony Fauci, we are all on the virus’ timeline now. . This has been a jarring change in every category of life, with higher education being no exception.

The Internet of Things in K-12

Kajeet

billion in 2018, while Statista estimates that there will be close to 31 billion connected smartphones, wearables, smart watches, cars, and other devices by the end of 2020. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Data and TrendsFrom smart toys and clothing to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our lives, and its influence and reach are only going to keep expanding.

How shared spectrum connectivity benefits distance learning

eSchool News

Today’s students, teachers, and administrative staff are facing unprecedented connectivity challenges as the 2020 school year brings more and more distance learning options.

Part 1: Connectivity Resources to Address the Homework Gap

Education Superhighway

Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. Starting April 3rd, Verizon is making a new broadband discount program available to new Fios Internet customers who qualify through the Lifeline program. $20 Atlantic Broadband.

Learning Revolution Shows Today and Tomorrow: "Broadband Inequality," "Can We Trust What We're Being Told?," and "Augmented and Virtual Reality" #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

THURSDAY'S SHOW (August 27th) : 4:00 PM - REINVENTING.SCHOOL - EPISODE 18: BROADBAND INEQUALITY with host Howard Blumenthal. This week, REINVENTING SCHOOL asks a basic question: if distance learning is the solution, how does this work without 100% broadband coverage in the U.S.?

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

An initial report , which is still being finalized, states that “lack of broadband access in Ector County is a crisis.” The study highlights some of the challenges communities like Ector County face in bringing broadband access to all residents.

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. More… Uncategorized digital learning high-speed broadband K-12 WAN recommendations wireless infrastructure

COVID-19 exposes inequities in rural districts

eSchool News

One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural districts and schools.

The Pandemic Closed Our Doors But Opened Our Minds: Why My School District Will Not Return to ‘Normal’

Edsurge

Even with a device, data indicated some 39 percent of our students lacked reliable (or any) broadband service in their homes. It is a moral imperative that we address this equity gap in access to technology and high-speed broadband.