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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. First, the presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to provide students with a competitive education.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. If you solve those three problems, all your kids and teachers will have access,” Marwell said.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

That’s a problem because the data don’t lie: Two-thirds of all jobs and 80 percent of all “good” jobs (paying a median wage of $65,000) demand a postsecondary credential, according to research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Department of Education, during the forum.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Back in April, as schools across the country shifted to online instruction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Muri saw firsthand just how damaging lack of internet access can be for students and families. Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. million more students to next-generation broadband and, 21,600 more schools to fiber infrastructure. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

Sifting out solutions from the struggle may help solve chronic problems of quality and equity, say education experts. We are in that moment now in education.”. Educators explored new social-emotional supports with heightened attention to mental health.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

The problem stems from the fact that when schools closed in the spring, districts and educators selected their digital instructional solutions quickly, often with insufficient vetting and little-to-no district-wide consistency. But access alone wasn’t enough.

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

Such closures have a disastrous impact on education in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap. 1 at the elementary level. Digital Learning TL Advisor Blog Accessibility

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

The Hechinger Report

With the election over, now is the time for legislators and leaders in states and the federal government to turn their attention back to education. First, we have had a total failure of federal and state leadership on education.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. We want to celebrate the extraordinary collaborations between educators and the private sector that have occurred because of ConnectED.

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Teachers, cafeteria workers and school bus drivers should be next in line for the Covid vaccine

The Hechinger Report

Related: The next education secretary must know about much more than education. Opening schools would also free up broadband, computer hardware and time for parents who have had to set up home offices next to their children’s remote learning stations.).

OPINION: Tribal colleges, lifeline to rural and disenfranchised Native communities, need our help more than ever

The Hechinger Report

For the last six years, the American Indian College Fund has selected a group of talented students and alumni for leadership training to speak about education issues impacting Native Americans. The American Indian College Fund’s 2019-20 Student Ambassador cohort.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA. Findley educators and staff distribute food and supplies to families.

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

The school also has a significant number of English language learners and students in special education. Related: The ‘invisible’ front line workers of education.

COLUMN: Standardized tests aren’t the problem, it’s how we use them

The Hechinger Report

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is refusing to back down on a federal requirement that states administer standardized tests this year, although a letter to state leaders from the U.S. Department of Education last month said that states will have flexibility on how to apply results.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Rising fourth graders listen as a teacher reads a book at an elementary school summer program in Silver Spring, MD. Related: Coronavirus opens doors to rethinking education. Many parents and education advocates have dreamed of year-round schooling to fight the summer slide.

OPINION: We need a SpaceX for assessment

The Hechinger Report

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is funded at over $160 million per year. Some educators have proposed scrapping standardized testing altogether. Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during the pandemic.

Climate change threatens America’s ragged school infrastructure

The Hechinger Report

Department of Education estimated the total cost of needed repairs at $197 billion, or around $220 billion in 2021 dollars. Mike Dunleavy, a former educator. The compromise does provide for electrifying school buses, lead pipe removal and expanded broadband access.

A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

State superintendents said resources are dwindling, just when more funds are needed to make preparations for students and educators to return. Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning.

OPINION: Even before the pandemic, students with disabilities and other challenges were being left behind

The Hechinger Report

Through no merit of her own, my 5-year-old daughter is already on the other side of an educational opportunity divide, in a world of haves and have-nots. My daughter has no disability, so we have no worries about advocating for her educational rights. Most educators are unprepared.

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

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. Today Northborough and Southborough public schools have a much faster connection via fiber optic lines—35 Mbps up/down speeds at the elementary and middle schools and 150 Mbps at the high schools. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?”

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

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Educators around the globe knew this school year would be like nothing we had ever experienced. A health crisis running headlong into an education crisis: Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Education Technology Leadership Teaching & Learning Diversity and Equity Coronavirus

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

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Equity in education is more important than ever. Although the divide between the haves and the have-nots in this country has been widening for years, the 2016 presidential race and, in particular, the surprising victory by Donald Trump underscored the growing discontent caused by unequal access to the American Dream. Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. And yet, education is the lynchpin to our shared American dream.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. But the K-12 schools leading the net-zero charge are uncovering major educational benefits as well. ARLINGTON, Va.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

The threat of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is forcing educators across the country to think about what they’ll do if they have to close their schools for weeks or even months at a time. Unequal internet access is just the tip of the iceberg of a massive equity crisis facing U.S.

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. A report published earlier this year from the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, found that 80 percent of 8th graders use a computer at home to complete their schoolwork during the week.