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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

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When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. Samsung, along with other companies, are working with districts across the U.S.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. Tell us about your journey from working in telecom, economic development, and now the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology in Nevada.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. But our first job is to teach the student, not the technology.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect.

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Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

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Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Work in rural, agricultural America has seen major disruption from innovative technology, globalization and a shift away from resources like coal and steel.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

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Recently, Kentucky made headlines when it announced that, thanks to a partnership with AT&T, it would be providing schools with access to high-speed, fiber-based connectivity of more than 480 Megabits per second—the first state in the nation to promise such speeds.

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

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Visit EducationSuperHighway.org 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. Of the 2.3 million U.S. students not yet connected to high-speed internet, 1.9

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

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GCI, a broadband provider in the state, is slated for purchase by Colorado-based Liberty Interactive in a deal that could amount to nearly $1 billion. Zach Fansler claimed that part of the TERRA project is government funded, but smaller telecoms providers might not be able to afford access to the fiber if GCI is bought out by Liberty. The real thing we need is to have competitors and receive bids that we can look at to lower cost and provide faster, more reliable technology.

The Politics of Education Technology

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” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

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Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. All their work is on that computer,” said Caine, “and they need that access.”.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

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Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. based ClassBook.com , the parent company of OpenRoom, an outside advisory firm that works with schools to design and implement technology digital learning programs. “We

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.”

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

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But the future of educational technology here is starting to emerge from a pixelated past. The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

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Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

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No child should have to go to such lengths just to do homework, and every child should have easy and affordable access to the Internet and the opportunity that access brings. In our work, we hear a common refrain from parents: “We know we need internet access, but we can’t afford it.”

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

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As a former school superintendent, and as the current head of the School Superintendents Association (AASA), I know firsthand that staying ahead of the curve when it comes to high technology isn’t easy.

The next generation of wireless services: Super-fast 5G

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the first nation to allocate a wide swath of airwaves to deliver super-fast 5G access. And IGR, a wireless market strategy consulting firm, estimated it would cost $56 billion to develop, test and deploy technologies to use the spectrum in the U.S.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. TCV is no stranger to the education technology industry, having chipped in on two $50 million-plus investment deals for Varsity Tutors, an online tutoring startup. In the past 12 months, the company has grown its staff size by 50 percent, to 200 employees at the end of 2018.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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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. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

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Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools. ConnectED also featured significant corporate partnerships from companies that included Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

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Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools. ConnectED also featured significant corporate partnerships from companies that included Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete. spending on PreK-12 instructional technology steadily ticked upwards, from $2.6 The reality is these companies are selling “blended” bundles of both print and digital offerings.

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Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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million into schoolwide technology upgrades. One in five Greeley residents lives below the poverty level, and the school district is trying to upgrade its technology to give students an economic boost. We literally dumpster-dive for technology.”.

EnGenius introduces K-12 schools to a new network solution

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EnGenius Technologies, Inc., Highly Scalable – Easily manage a few or 1000+ access points and switches to support 10,000+ concurrent users on an unlimited number of networks distributed throughout a campus or over multiple campuses across the city or county.

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. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. But 18 percent of all students in remote rural areas have no access to the internet or only a dial-up connection, compared to seven percent of students in suburban areas. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

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The increasing digitalization of education has put even more emphasis on internet access in K–12 schools , leading more school districts, nonprofits and government agencies to invest in programs and services to ensure each student is connected. . Individual Classroom Technology Use.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

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But what if we took that to its logical conclusion and also made it the goal of our education technology predictions? We’d need to consider not just what technology products students are exposed to in the classroom, but also across the rest of their lives. You can extrapolate by drawing converging lines from K-12 education technology and home consumer technology to see how they might overlap and intersect. First is the evolving nature of education technology.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

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Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

Is Your School District Eligible for State Matching Funds?

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Since its inception, E-rate has been instrumental in making K-12 broadband more affordable and accessible than ever. ” These charges are the design, engineering, project management, and construction costs related to the building of new broadband infrastructure.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

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For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

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Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. The new fund (simply dubbed “Owl Ventures II”) will support companies that serve a broad range of learners, from preschoolers to professionals. Another company, Piper, offers a playkit where students can build and learn about computers. 2015, focused on K-12 companies (with one exception).

Miami schools install wi-fi on buses

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Using the same CIPA-compliant proprietary filtering as the Kajeet SmartSpot device, the company now provides the complete solution for districts including the hardware, data, filtering and installation with its new Kajeet SmartBus solution.

OPINION: Online homework tools trade ‘busy work’ for feedback to help end inequities in schools

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The use of technology is growing in schools, but we’re missing critical opportunities if technology isn’t being used to close the pernicious achievement gaps between students of color and their white peers and between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Related: School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology. Youth from low-income homes often lack access to reliable technology and the internet at home.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Just when many school districts were starting to feel good about their wireless coverage and internet bandwidth, they face yet another question about technology infrastructure: how good are their defenses against hacking, or what’s more formally known as “cybercrime”? Access to the identities of staff and students is one of the main attractions for hackers. Need for flexibility: “I need access to the server to integrate other applications.”.

IoT- and LTE-ready 802.11ax AP for Densely Populated Spaces Introduced

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Ruckus Networks , an ARRIS company, today announced the Ruckus R730 , an IoT- and LTE-ready, 802.11ax wireless access point (AP). Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 The Ultra-High Density Technology Suite is available now for use with all Ruckus APs.