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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.

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.


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

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators understand the importance of being in touch with the latest trends in ed tech. Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) helps us by sharing what the organization sees as the next big trends. Fortunately, teachers like April Keck DeGennaro who teaches at Peoples Elementary School in Georgia is. Dr. Curran explained that what should be trending in social media is the learning that happens in the classroom.

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


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 Education Technology Technology Trends

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.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’


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.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

To provide a safe and effective learning environment, educators will reimagine schools to improve accessibility and inclusivity. Elementary students are not immune to serious student safety issues. GHz frequency of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

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Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of Mississippi children will have access to the software this summer as part of an effort to support incoming kindergarteners during the coronavirus pandemic.Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Hammitte, a former elementary teacher who is now in his first year as superintendent, said he noticed that kids who participated in Waterford Upstart arrived with strong early literacy skills.

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention


schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. In the latter case, Kolb envisions a scenario where every teacher, administrator and tech coordinator at a given elementary school would join together to get the same foundational knowledge and understanding about how to use technology effectively in their schools. With 99 percent of U.S.

The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

You will want access to this library long-term, I promise! Lock in now for the best deal if you want "forever" access to all of the content. Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home?

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Efforts by the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to publicize how much districts pay for broadband have allowed many school systems to negotiate bandwidth deals to get greater capacity for a fraction of the cost. Related: In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven. A first-grader at Maywood Elementary, in Maywood, California, uses her iPad to complete a chart separating nouns and verbs.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Elementary Years ? Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. Via Education Week : “One million high school students from low-income families will receive free internet access under President Barack Obama’s ’ My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative for minority males, the White House announced.”