Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation.

The challenges of broadband access in rural schools

eSchool News

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. Related content: 7 broadband best practices. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. The post Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report appeared first on the Edthena blog.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. Cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity are tied for the top priorities for IT leaders in 2018, while budget constraints were marked as one of the most pressing challenges for a fourth straight year. Data-driven instruction and decision-making broke into the top three this year, joining broadband and network security, which jumped one place to the top spot, and cybersecurity, which jumped two spots to become No.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet. “We After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ Blog Access edtech Equity future ready Osmo Osobot planning Policy Privacy professional learning Samsung Social Media SustainabilityThis post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

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.

5 Tips for schools to harness the power of edtech in the classroom

Neo LMS

Even though many schools are already embracing the benefits that edtech provides, many others still aren’t taking advantage of these opportunities. Edtech needs to be cost-effective and help reduce overall costs to schools.

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Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access.

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Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing

Edsurge

Despite the influx of capital, employers, schools and policymakers are only just beginning to harness the sector’s advancements in the delivery, accessibility and effectiveness of education technology. Will edtech be caught up in a backlash against ‘big tech’ over data privacy?

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

Edsurge

Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. And about 70 percent of students say that they use edtech tools outside of schools on a weekly basis. Those numbers suggest edtech is steadily marching into schools and classrooms.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4) those that focus on data privacy and security. Created in 2013, Code.org ® is an educational non-profit with a mission to expand access to computer science, and increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition). Blog EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” EdTech News News newsIt’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” EdTech News News newsIt’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools. Lear(R)n , the company behind the digital LearnPlatform, has recently released its second annual EdTech Top 40 list , which includes everything from assessment tools to operational platforms. .

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And, those most likely to be able to avail themselves of this technique (because of access to expertise, resources, and privilege) are least likely to need the protection it provides. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition). Sign-up to receive "A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News" (and other EdTech Strategies blog posts) directly in your inbox: Email *. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And, those most likely to be able to avail themselves of this technique (because of access to expertise, resources, and privilege) are least likely to need the protection it provides. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition). Sign-up to receive "A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News" (and other EdTech Strategies blog posts) directly in your inbox: Email *. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S. Blog EdTech News News news

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How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

eSchool News

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 21st century learning or are left behind.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition). EdTech News News news

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

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. The glasses have been raised.

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

Edsurge

A Rising Tide of Inequality Edtech efforts at broadening access to opportunity often falter when running up against entrenched forms of inequity and discrimination. As an anthropologist and learning scientist who has studied many edtech movements over the years, I recognize a familiar pattern of technology-fueled optimism being squashed by entrenched social and cultural structures. This was despite the fact that all three schools had the same levels of technology access.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. There is no quick fix to addressing accessibility and broadband internet access is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity.

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

edWeb.net

Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. By asking three key questions, leaders can get a better sense of their K-12 edtech ecosystem.

Edtech Needs More Infrastructure, Educator Support in 2017

Edsurge

While device penetration is increasing and edtech products are proliferating, adequate infrastructure in schools lags behind. Additionally, educators and school leaders need further support in identifying the best technology solutions, effectively integrating edtech in the classroom, and ensuring edtech helps, not hinders, the development of social, collaboration and teamwork skills. only to discover that there wasn’t adequate broadband to execute the lesson.

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

Edsurge

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. edtech industry. We’re seeing broadband deployment scale across the world, and an enlightenment from institutional investors to the fact that web-based software will be used globally in education,” Patterson observes. That will further strengthen the case for early-stage edtech investing.”.

The Next Big Trends in #EdTech from @ISTE CEO Richard Culatta at #ISTE19

The Innovative Educator

School bus wifi In communities where students spend a lot of time on a bus, consider using a company like Kajeet to provide internet access during the commute. Schools as wireless hubs Some schools are using LTE technology to push internet access to their community.

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?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Access to the identities of staff and students is one of the main attractions for hackers. Moving to the cloud can be good for both vendors and schools It is in the interests of the edtech industry for educators to feel confident about using technology. Edtech cannot afford to let the specter of cybercrime dampen enthusiasm. Need for flexibility: “I need access to the server to integrate other applications.”.

Edtech Networking Conference Wraps Up Year

Edsurge

“It’s not about left wing, right wing -- it’s about giving kids a set of wings,” self-proclaimed policy optimist Gerard Robinson, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, shared with this year's audience at the NY EdTech Week. A pre-event kick off party marked the debut of "the Edtech Factory," a co-working facility managed by entrepreneur-investor John Katzman and his Noodle Companies.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

edWeb.net

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.”