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. 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.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

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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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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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

A lot of our kids don’t have internet access,” said Coe, who knows students who routinely head to the library or the town’s McDonald’s to get online. For students who don’t have online access, we’re happy to be able to provide this,” said Seeta Pai, executive director of education at WGBH.

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

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

One of the largest concerns, though, is equity — not just how we must fund solutions to address disparities in student access to digital devices and broadband Internet, but how students safely engage to drive learning. But access alone wasn’t enough.

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

The Hechinger Report

It also means supporting better online curricula, higher quality broadband for families that need it and creative staffing plans that allow the most vulnerable teachers the safest possible return.

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

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. Related: We must boost elementary science education.

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. Almost 40 percent of households in Washington County don’t have broadband service at home.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

Given the educational and economic divide between rural and nonrural America, this may be the most important college access program you’ve never heard of. One is that while many college-access programs focus on helping high-performers reach top schools, this model goes broad.

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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: We need a SpaceX for assessment

The Hechinger Report

Suddenly, space travel can enable expanded broadband access, real-time tracking for methane leaks, the spotting of wildfires before they spread and much more. Elementary to High School Future of Learning High School Reform Opinion Solutions Data and research Testing

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

The Hechinger Report

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.). Schools are located in areas that are generally accessible to the public.

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

Seeing students only through a screen makes it “much more difficult to reach families,” especially those in underserved communities who might have limited broadband or technology access, she said.

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

The Hechinger Report

Many offer much-needed internet service, providing access to some of the 35 percent of tribal land residents who do not have broadband service. The American Indian College Fund’s 2019-20 Student Ambassador cohort.

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

The Hechinger Report

As a condition for receiving a waiver, Cardona is requiring states to report on the number of chronically absent students and students’ access to computers and high-speed internet, a request that raised the ire of some Republican lawmakers.

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. We must continue to provide access to software, online libraries and educational videos.

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

eSchool News

Pearson/Harris Poll reveals new findings on mobile device ownership and how wi-fi access impacts learning in school. Just 68 percent of grades 4-12 students in a recent survey said they have wi-fi access at school, though 96 percent of those same students have wi-fi access at home. In 2015, nearly 80 percent of surveyed elementary students reported using a tablet regularly compared with 66 percent in 2014.

A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning. Residents of rural areas are less likely to have access to broadband at home than those living in larger cities.

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

The Hechinger Report

Had broadband even existed then, chance are we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. They may have disabilities or not speak English as a first language or come from low-income families or lack access to stable housing.

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

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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. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”.

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. Angelique Coulouris, a second-grade teacher at Discovery Elementary, guides students on a virtual tour of the school’s roof-top solar lab.

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

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Screening protocols were put in place, including temperature checks and symptom questionnaires, and visitor access to our buildings was restricted. Thirty additional school days have been added to the elementary school calendar to provide more effective time with our youngest learners.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Fourth, it’s connected with broadband and devices.

Cox Business Brings High Speed Fiber Connectivity to Historical Jamestowne Island To Provide Virtual Explorations of the James Fort and Archaearium

eSchool News

Today, Historical Jamestowne Island and Cox Business will present a virtual trip for King’s Grant Elementary School from Virginia Beach, VA. Without a reliable broadband connection, thousands of students and adults would’ve missed out on the opportunity to explore Jamestown.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

Unequal internet access is just the tip of the iceberg of a massive equity crisis facing U.S. According to the latest survey data from the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults have broadband internet at home.

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.

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

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The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted. 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.

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

Education Superhighway

With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. Deming Public Schools struggled to connect one school that lacked access to high-speed broadband. Learn more about our Broadband Upgrade Consulting Program.

COVID-19 Is Pushing School Tech Departments to Their Limits — and Then Some

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As soon as we distributed our devices to our elementary students, possible or not we had to create a student help desk,” he said. Two recurring themes were the need for more widespread internet access and tech support for families. “It

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

The Hechinger Report

Implementing distance learning for schools like Hopi High would have been difficult even under the best of circumstances — the school is located on a vast reservation where families often lack access to internet and computers.