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Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Broadband’s Big Picture. edWeb Blog broadband Broadband Imperative III digital learning

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.


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7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. is a non-profit that works to support families in obtaining access at home.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. A surprising number of families still don’t have computers or access to the internet at home. I worked with a family that had no access to e-mail at home because the only internet available in their area was dial up.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. In a recent edWebinar , Dr. Larry Fruth, Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager at CatchOn, discussed head on the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy. edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access


Visit to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. edWebinar 4/9 State Leadership for K12 Broadband Implementation @ENAconnects @Kajeet @mobilebeacon @SETDA [link] ” Education Week , “ Schools See ‘Incredible Progress’ on Internet Connectivity, Report Says “ BlogOf the 2.3

Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. His work has been instrumental in securing the Internet access all Maryland students need for an equitable and quality education. Stay tuned for the next installment in our Broadband Leaders series, and feel free to connect with us on social media to celebrate K-12 connectivity leaders in your state. Success Stories Broadband Leaders

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. Students now interview authors across the country via Skype and access books that match their interests and reading levels on e-readers. Without reliable [internet] access, there’s no way you can do something like that,” Tower said. But when it comes to reliable access, many districts still lag behind, especially in poorer urban and rural areas. By Heidi Moore.

E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

Here are a few ways the E-rate and broadband community is working to help connect your students during the crisis. The FCC waived a rule prohibiting E-rate program participants from accepting free broadband services and devices. This means internet service providers (ISPs) can support increased access to broadband and remote learning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. School, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB).

Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

In fact, the biggest question I get from teachers in my online classes and on my blog is: “How do I do it?” How to I provide equity for those without computers or internet access at home is challenging? Access the required site through mobile devices. Access community hotspots and open WiFi, often made available by local businesses who are eager to assist. When you have internet access, download work from Google Classroom to work offline.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. And, students who were absent could access the materials from home and arrive prepared upon their return. As part of Safari Books’ ConnectED commitment, schools can utilize the free Safari for Schools (S4S) library of O’Reilly books to jump-start high school students into fulfilling careers that also meet the states’ new targeted goals for education.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. It should not be controversial in 2016 that there is a baseline expectation of access to technology in schools, just as there are baseline expectations for access to textbooks and desks. Be sure to consider the alignment of your strategy and expectations to the broadband internet infrastructure needed to support it. Blog Policy ESSA NASBE

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.”

State Spotlight: Governor Ivey Supports Alabama’s Rural and Struggling Students Through CARES Act Funds


The Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program will allocate $100 million in CARES Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase internet access for K-12 students who may need internet service for distance learning. Blog COVID-19Alabama is using its CARES Act funds to bridge the digital divide, improve remote learning opportunities and offer intensive academic supports. Highlights from Alabama’s Plan.

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

Education Superhighway

In partnership with The School Superintendent’s Association (AASA), this post originally appeared on The Leading Edge Blog. As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. In 2014, AASA played a lead role in modernizing the E-rate program, advocating for key changes such as: A policy update to make the program broadband-centric; and.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. With not all kids having the same access, they need to figure out how to develop lessons to accommodate all students.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

There are also Education Stabilization Fund – Rethink Education Models (ESF-REM) grants, and they also can be used to provide broadband access as part of a new education model. edWeb Blog back to school distance learning district budgets education fundingBy Robert Low.

Leveraging the Cloud to Address District Challenges

An IT leadership survey from lists the top three IT priorities in K-12 education as cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity, data security, and budgets. The National Institute of Standards and Technology lists five characteristics that make up the cloud: on-demand provisioning, broad network access, resource pooling, elasticity, and measured service. The cloud is commonly used for offsite backup, which provides easy access to backup data wherever needed.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts. Commissioner Michael O’Reilly met personally with the group and spoke to his belief that schools are purchasing too much broadband and need to be monitored for wasteful spending.

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

This can cause several issues from inequity in how students are taught to network issues as teachers access their personal playlists. More important, when educators can download and add digital resources on their own, they may be giving companies unintended access to private student information. Monica has over 30 years of experience in education technology integration that she leverages to help assess, identify, and support the needs of today’s education and library communities.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

According to a 2014 blog post from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, “Forty-one percent of America’s rural schools couldn’t get a high-speed connection if they tried,”— where a high-speed connection is defined as offering speeds of 10Mbps or higher. Chairman Wheeler acknowledged as much, stating, “Fiber connection costs are much higher for rural schools and libraries. Meanwhile, high-speed satellite internet access has expanded to well over 1.5

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

There are essential conditions for digital learning like state leadership, equity of access, accessibility for all students, interoperability considerations, and student data and privacy. As part of the review process, materials are first screened for alignment to the state’s content standards, pedagogical design, accessibility, fair representation, and more. Now, students always have access to current materials.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts. Commissioner Michael O’Reilly met personally with the group and spoke to his belief that schools are purchasing too much broadband and need to be monitored for wasteful spending.

Open Learning Opportunities for All Young People

Educator Innovator

I’ve seen this dynamic again and again in my research on ed tech, where well-meaning tech folks are creating goodies theoretically accessible to everyone, but they end up giving more advantages to kids who are already well on their way to being digital elites. In Los Angeles, Pursuitery’s courses — in addition to being offered online — are being taught at a couple of inner-city libraries, where kids are using the library computers and iPods to do the lessons.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. It also brought influential education leaders together at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., The federal program, signed into law in 1996, helps fund internet access in schools and libraries. Educator Innovator Blog #DLDay digital learning day E-RateBy Kathleen Costanza.

Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

As I continue to examine the challenge of digital equity, I've learned about many strategies school districts might use to mitigate the lack of Internet access outside of school. I wrote in last week's blog about how digital equity is a community challenge, not strictly a school problem. In a sneak peek of the results from the forthcoming CoSN third annual E-Rate & Broadband Survey, which will be available by mid-October, the vast majority of U.S.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Tagged on: March 31, 2017 The Digital Divide: A Quarter of the Nation Is Without Broadband | Time → Politically, the persistence of the digital gap defies logic. Accessible scholarship. Blog EdTech News News news

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Online Video: What does it have to offer teachers and learners?

Nik Peachey

To prepare the session I looked back at many of the postings from my blogs over the last 18 months and thought about some of the changes that have been taking place in the way online video sharing has developed. With the spread of broadband access the potential for education and for language teaching and development and autonomous teacher development is huge, but still as yet largely under exploited as the discussion that followed my session highlighted.

From Flip Phones and Faxes to Future Focused Learning

Fractus Learning

Technology for me in the 1980s was a dodgy microfiche in the university library and then my trusty and often dusty overhead projector in my classroom. They are the generation that sees ultrafast broadband and wi-fi as a basic right. When we concede the fact that students can access information from a number of sources, other than simply from us at our pace, we will start developing some independence with learning. Blogging. Allow students time to develop their blogs.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from ” The Scholarly Kitchen weighs in on layoffs at DPLA , the Digital Public Library of America. Via the YouTube blog : “Experimenting with science education on YouTube.”

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). ANNOUNCEMENTS The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference is almost here! E-book provider Overdrive reports that e-book checkouts from libraries are up over 200% from last year.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

DeVos herself sat on the Board of Directors of the Acton Institute from 1995 to 2005, an organization that recently blogged about repealing child labor laws. Hayden is the first new librarian of Congress since 1987,” The New York Times observed at her swearing in in September, “and brings with her another generation’s ideas about accessibility, technology and the role that libraries play in society.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via the Udacity blog : “Introducing the Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree program.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” In other financial aid news – via Buzzfeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy : “Hackers Had Access To Tax Data For Up To 100,000 FAFSA Users.” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K–12 Fears.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “ Coursera now offers free trials for most Specializations.” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (Did you know he recorded his first mixtape at the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia studio ?). Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” ” GitHub touts automated testing on its blog. ” Via the Council on Foreign Relations : “The Link Between Internet Access and Economic Growth Is Not as Strong as You Think.” Education Politics.

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