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Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. And as video dominates online instruction, more educators need easy-to-use resources for video creation. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections.

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Rural areas have been slow to connect to broadband. More public funding could speed things up

The Hechinger Report

But there is one essential that has always been scarce in this part of the country and that she couldn’t stock up on: Broadband access. Perry’s home isn’t wired for broadband access. Cellphone access is also spotty on the Perry property. THOREAU, N.M.

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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. The survey also highlighted the different paths men and women take to IT leadership. Langford read the top results of the survey during Monday’s opening plenary session.

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11 facts about today’s K-12 IT leadership

eSchool News

Broadband access and the ever-growing equity gap are among K-12 IT leaders’ top concerns, according to CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey. Efforts to expand broadband access outside of school have increased dramatically.

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6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN. They also underscore why school systems need strong networks and robust, affordable broadband access to fully leverage 21st century educational opportunities. These strides demonstrate the impact of the E-Rate modernization, as well as state investments in rural broadband.

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Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. T he 2015 Speak Up survey findings are the latest in a series of reports released each year by the Irvine, Calif.-based Are easy to find and easy to access on mobile devices (53 percent).

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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.

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11 facts about K-12 IT leadership

eSchool News

Broadband access and the ever-growing equity gap are among K-12 IT leaders’ top concerns, according to CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey. Efforts to expand broadband access outside of school have increased dramatically.

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OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education. If you look at data from the National Center for Education Statistics, you can see steady gains made between 2000 and 2018. But the benefits of a higher education are not simply economic.

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Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

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Though about 12 million students in this country still lack any internet access at all—a problem cast into relief during the pandemic—there is good news: That number is steadily shrinking. Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide.

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Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace. MODERATE BANDWIDTH: 1 Access Point per 1.5 Access Points per classrooms. Access Points per classrooms. Our research has shown that school districts across the country pay vastly different prices for similar broadband services. Tools like EducationSuperHighway’s broadband price transparency website Compare & Connect K-12 can equip your team with data to negotiate better pricing.

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How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. It is our core belief that with access to accurate, transparent data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets.

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Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

eSchool News

Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school. The study compares characteristics of the top 5 percent and bottom 5 percent of schools and looks at factors that impact technology access and use.

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Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We

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New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes. But more than half of all respondents said they are optimistic about technology’s promise as an educational tool and to spur kids’ creativity.

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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. After years of research, Jojo and her team proposed solving the problem through community broadband upgrades – bringing together stakeholders across towns to build business cases for upgrades. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

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Most districts say E-rate is critical for internet access

eSchool News

A large majority of E-rate applicants (87 percent) said the federally funded program is vital to their internet connectivity goals, according to an annual survey that tracks program applicants’ perspectives on the program. In the midst of leadership changes in the White House and the FCC, as well as education budget cuts, ed-tech stakeholders have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-rate program to deliver safe and proper broadband connections to students in the U.S.

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High-speed internet is a basic necessity–not a luxury–when it comes to learning

eSchool News

Americans overwhelmingly believe that high-speed internet access is a basic necessity, according to a new survey from Kajeet. The survey also finds that 64 percent of U.S. million Americans lack home broadband access.

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How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. adults lost their main source of internet access as libraries started to shut down in March 2020.

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Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Her cellphone’s data plan — the only way she could access the internet at home — wasn’t up to the task. Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. Meanwhile, education is just one role schools fill.

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What Is the True Cost of a 1:1 Device Program? One State’s Careful Rollout Offers a Look

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One survey of educators found a jump from about two-thirds of middle and high school students having access to a school-issued device prior to the pandemic, to 90 percent a year later. Accessibility was a particular concern in Mississippi.

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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.

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Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. Matthew Ryan Williams for Education Week.

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How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it. OAKLAND, Calif.

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

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. Now adding to that list is one of the most thorough efforts—a new survey from Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund , a nonprofit that provides grants to education technology and innovation efforts.

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Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

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To inform the Federal Communications Commission in evaluating and refreshing the vitality of the $4 billion program, Funds For Learning announces its eighth annual E-rate Applicant Survey. April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. This survey is specifically designed to gather your responses and inform important decision makers in Washington D.C.,”

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Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Most Americans who cannot access the internet on a daily basis come from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, including individuals with disabilities, from low-income backgrounds and those living in rural areas. Education Technology Policy & Government Access and Affordability School Infrastructure

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The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

CoSN’s Annual Infrastructure Survey outlines state of school connectivity in U.S. School leaders said affordability remains the top barrier to robust internet connectivity in their schools, according to the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 3rd Annual Infrastructure Survey released November 3. Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals.

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‘Right now is not my time’: How Covid dimmed college prospects for students who need help most

The Hechinger Report

Applying to college has always been harder for first-generation and low-income students than for peers with greater access to support at every step of the process. Counselors and college access groups are still working with low-income and first-generation students.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. First, there are states that lack any laws about what connectivity should be provided for education.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

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What Do You Need to Sustain a Culture of Powerful Learning that Leverages Technology?

Digital Promise

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the inequitable access to technology and broadband, particularly for students who have been traditionally marginalized. A clear, inclusive, and easily accessible transformation plan. Always-available technology and broadband access.

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

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The superintendent in Lincoln, Nebraska, says a district survey this past fall found that 10% of parents liked remote learning – pandemic or not. Sifting out solutions from the struggle may help solve chronic problems of quality and equity, say education experts.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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Findley educators and staff distribute food and supplies to families. The Austin Independent School District equipped 110 school buses with WiFi and positioned them in neighborhoods and apartment complexes with the highest need for internet access.

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Creating Conditions for Powerful Technology Use

Digital Promise

Impactful technology use is the ability of educators to use technology to develop their students’ skills in six imperative categories: agency, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and ability to select relevant technology tools.

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How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map

eSchool News

As efforts to increase bandwidth and internet connectivity in K-12 schools grow, a new report from CDW-G, based on a survey of 400 K-12 IT professionals, reveals just now connected — or not — the nation’s classrooms are today. In fact, more than half of schools (63 percent) don’t have enough bandwidth to meet digital learning needs, according to the nonprofit Education SuperHighway. Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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Governor Mead announces Wyoming Classroom Connectivity Initiative to improve Wi-Fi access in schools

Education Superhighway

Last week at the Wyoming Broadband Summit in Cheyenne, Governor Matt Mead announced the Wyoming Classroom Connectivity Initiative , aimed at helping to improve Wi-Fi access in K-12 classrooms across the state. The Initiative is a joint effort between the Office of the Governor, the Department of Education, the Department of Enterprise Technology Services, and EducationSuperHighway.

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Some families don’t want to go back to in-person school. Here’s how one S.C. district is dealing with this demand

The Hechinger Report

survey conducted in June found 26 percent of districts said they would run a virtual school this year, compared with just 3 percent pre-pandemic. Heather Schwartz, co-author of Rand surveys on virtual learning. Before the pandemic, Patricia Woodward’s son Zion struggled in school.

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Looking Past COVID: Science Education Post Pandemic

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Science education during COVID has challenged the best of teachers. They also noted how their efforts illuminated science education gaps that COVID heightened. Limited or no access to the internet has particularly undermined their remote science learning experiences.

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

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Private equity and venture funds have invested record sums into the global education sector—$30 billion in the past five years across K-12 and workplace learning. Here are five key trends to consider as education enters a new decade: 1. In the workplace, education is the new healthcare.

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Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

How Schools Are preparing – and Not Preparing – Children for Climate Change,” reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. million kids statewide lacked access to Wi-Fi and computers.

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Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

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There’s a simmering sense of anticipation about how far educators have come with technology, and its potential to enhance student learning. “I For some educators heading back to school, though, the change is already clear. “We This is essential to access education”.