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How Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning

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The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes.

IT Challenges Schools Face

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IT will continue to play an increasingly important role in how teachers teach and how students learn.

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Using School Bus WiFi to Provide Internet Access for Distance Learning

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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. For students without Internet at home , accessing and completing online assignments can be very challenging. One solution gaining momentum across the country? School bus Wi - Fi.

Why School Bus WiFi is Growing in K-12

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Fall Semester is Here. Now What?

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Tips to Overcome Challenges to Distance Learning During COVID-19

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As schools across the country roll out their distance learning plans, many questions remain about how to execute them. Here are six of the most common experiences people have while rolling out distance learning under extremely short notice and in the midst of a pandemic. WiFi for Students Chromebooks Covid-19

How to Make the Most of a Digital Curriculum

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The American classroom isn’t what it used to be. In just a matter of years, digital learning and access to digital tools have revolutionized how students learn about the world.

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How COVID-19 Has Temporarily Transformed the Education Landscape

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted K-12 education in the United States, forcing schools across the country to close as district leaders prioritize the health and safety of their communities. Here’s a map of school closures across the country, as compiled by Edweek.org. The data is broken down by state, enrollment data, closure start date, and anticipated closure end date, and is updated frequently to keep up with changing conditions.

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How Internet Access Can Help Your ESL Students

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According to Education Week , there are an estimated five million English-language learners in America’s public school system. And when it comes to the K-12 student population, these English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners are the fastest growing segment, comprising 10 percent of enrollment in public schools. Homework Gap SmartSpot 1 to 1 Chromebooks

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

10 New Grants for School Bus Fleets

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The stories of how school districts can cut transportation costs continue to grow. With examples such as New Jersey reducing transportation costs by $200 million to Boston Public Schools cutting costs to save $5 million , it seems there is an excess from school district transportation departments that can be cut. But, being in the transportation department, you may have a different view. This is where grants can come in and help.

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Building Social Connections Through Virtual Learning

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Developing strong student-teacher relationships is an important part of effective teaching and learning and has been shown to lead to better student outcomes. Unfortunately, it is a somewhat overlooked skill. Here we talk about building social connections in a virtual learning or distance learning environment – why it is important, the challenges inherent in doing it virtually, and what teachers can do to build and strengthen virtual connections with and between their students.

6 Ways to Incorporate Coding into Your Classroom

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Did you know there’s an annual, week-long learning event that 663 million people ages four to 104 have already joined? It’s the annual Hour of Code Event that takes place from December 3 to December 9. This is a time when the entire world comes together for one hour to celebrate, explore, and demystify computer science. Digital Learning Tools and Tips

Why Chromebooks Have Expanded in K-12 Classrooms

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Did you know Chromebooks made up 60 percent of all U.S. education shipments in 2017? To put that number in perspective, in 2012, Chromebooks made up less than a single percent of the education market, according to Computerworld. So why are Chromebooks gaining—and maintaining—the momentum within the K-12 classroom? And how do teachers and students use these devices for learning? Digital Learning Chromebooks WiFi for Students

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

CARES Act for Remote or Distance Learning

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As part of the government’s efforts to ease some of the burden brought on by the pandemic, the CARES Act funding bill was passed, which, in total, made approximately $30.75 billion available to provide relief for educational institutions under the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF). Each of the four distinct categories within the Education Stabilization Fund can, in part at least, be applied to fund student connectivity and devices.

[UPDATED] Top Educational Websites Your Students are ACTUALLY Visiting

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There you have it, the top 10 educational websites students visit from 2018 (Jan. 1 through April 4, 2018). Here's how Kajeet pulls these stats together every year. Students who access wireless Internet through either the Kajeet SmartSpot ® (Wi-Fi hotspot) or Kajeet SmartBus ™ (school bus Wi-Fi) solutions can only access educational content.

National School Bus Safety Week

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This blog was originally written on October 16, 2017. Did you know the third full week of October is National School Bus Safety Week ? Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBus

Using the GEER Fund to Provide Student Connectivity and Devices

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As of June 8, 2020, the last day of the extended deadline, all 50 states as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia had applied for and received their allocation of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund or GEER Fund, according to Education Dive. The GEER Fund totaling nearly $3 billion make up one of four funding categories dedicated to education under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Is the Homework Gap Gone?

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The Homework Gap. The Digital Divide. Whichever term you use, they both point to the same problem: students without Internet at home face additional barriers to completing their schoolwork , have lower graduation rates , and score lower on tests when compared to their well-connected peers. Although it appears that this topic is getting less attention these days, does that mean the Homework Gap has been closed or eliminated entirely? Homework Gap WiFi for Students Data and Trends

3 Considerations for Managing Remote Learning Data in Higher Education

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As remote learning becomes a go-to method of instruction in colleges and institutions of higher education across the world for the foreseeable future, connectivity has become a key topic of discussion. Much of the focus on connectivity for education has been on the number of students without Internet access at home, but higher ed students also face other challenges with data. Here are a few of them: Digital Learning Technology Insight Data and Trends Higher Education

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2018 Kajeet Homework Gap Grant Winners

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Kajeet is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Homework Gap Grant. Each applicant offered an inspiring story about how Kajeet can help their students succeed with filtered and managed mobile connectivity. Although we initially planned to award 15 grants, after seeing the continued need, Kajeet decided to double the number of winners to 30 ! Homework Gap SmartSpot 1 to 1 SmartBus

Deploying Chromebooks for the New School Year

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It’s hard to believe it’s the start of another school year, but that can be even more daunting if you have 1,000 Chromebooks in storage just waiting to be placed in the hands of eager students. Does that sound like you? Or maybe you’ve already deployed 1:1 Chromebooks, but are you ready for the new school year with these devices? Set up your school year for success with these tips on how to prepare and hand out your Chromebooks for the new school year. Digital Learning 1 to 1 Chromebooks

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

How to Manage Data During Distance Learning

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As distance learning becomes the de facto method of instruction in schools across the world for the next few months at least, connectivity has become a key topic of discussion. Much of the focus on connectivity for education has been on the number of students without Internet access at home, but students also face other challenges with data. Here are a few of them: Digital Learning Technology Insight Data and Trends

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10 New Grants for 2018-19 Ed Tech Initiatives

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Technology is increasingly essential in the realm of education; however, technology comes at a cost, as in a monetary cost. Regardless of cost, tech tools have developed into a necessity because of the benefits which it provides for students, along with the innovation it brings. funding Digital Learning

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

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The number one challenge facing K-12 IT leadership for planning and implementing technology enabled environments is budget constraints and a lack of resources, reports the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). From IT departments, to transportation, media centers, and anything in between, finding funding in education is always a top challenge. Mobile Broadband SmartBus Ed Tech Inspiration

2020 School Technology Budget Tips

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Between shrinking budgets and increasingly IT-dependent school systems, budgeting for the cost of technology in education can be tough. We’ve collected 6 best practices in school budgeting to help you get the most out of your 2020 tech funds. Tools and Tips Data and Trends 1 to 1

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

The Changing Role of the Bus Driver

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School buses transport an estimated 26 million students each day , according to the American School Bus Council. But what that statistic really means is there are thousands of bus drivers responsible for getting those 26 million students to and from school each and every day. Mobile Broadband Data and Trends Bus WiFi

Making Sense of Title I Funds

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As of 2019, there are 26 federal grant-making agencies and over 900 federal technology funding programs that can help under-funded schools in low-income districts purchase new technologies for their students. Federal funds can also help these schools train teachers, boost parent and community involvement, and improve overall academic achievement. Success starts with education. And for today’s K-12 students, that education starts with access to technology.

Chromebooks, Classrooms, & Connectivity: The Age of Chromebooks

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Schools across the nation have deployed (and continue to deploy) mobile learning initiatives. One device that is frequently mentioned for 1:1 programs or use in the classroom is the Chromebook. Digital Learning Chromebooks 1 to 1

What Can Title I Funding Be Used For

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You did it. With hard work, ingenuity, and support from stakeholders in your school and community, you secured Title I funds that could possibly transform the way your K-12 students learn and thrive. Now comes a bigger question. What can Title I funds be used for?” and “How do I use my Title I grant money?”. Mobile Broadband

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.