The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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.

Kajeet and Google Power Rolling Study Halls


Kajeet is proud to announce its work with Google to provide filtered Wi-Fi access on school buses for Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. This Google initiative is designed to transform the school bus into an extension of the classroom by providing students with devices to take home as part of a 1:1 program and filtered Wi-Fi on the school bus powered by the Kajeet SmartBus ™. Mobile Broadband Ed Tech Inspiration Bus WiFi SmartBus

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report


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.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives


A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

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

The Hechinger Report

But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. The post How to reach students without internet access at home?

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


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.

HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

EdTech Magazine

By Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility. Access Points Classroom Digital Citizenship Digital Content Internet Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

What happens when student hackers shut down a district’s internet?

eSchool News

Denial of service attacks can shut down internet access and leave IT teams powerless. The hackers cut off the entire district’s internet access for four hours at a time and then repeated the process 10 more times over the following six weeks during the fall of 2014.

School leadership toolkit targets digital equity

eSchool News

Ensuring equitable access to technology inside and outside the classroom is the civil rights issue of today. Leverage special broadband offerings. The Digital Equity Action Agenda is made possible by Dell, Google Fiber, Kajeet, Qualcomm Education, Inc.,

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

The Hechinger Report

So far, the pandemic has revealed the challenges of conducting education remotely as well as uneven access to Wi-Fi and devices such as laptops. million kids statewide lacked access to Wi-Fi and computers. This story was produced as part of the nine-part series “Are We Ready?

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

At Tustin USD, for instance, he said “a couple of gigs of capacity” and numerous access points seemed suitable before the one-to-one rollout. “It The problem related to the student accounts that are auto-generated at the district level for platforms like Google apps for education.

Record and Upload Video with One Click: It’s Now Possible within Google Chrome


We’ve developed a one-click video record and upload solution for Google Chrome to support professional development for teachers. Edthena users will have immediate access to the video tool inside Edthena when using Google Chrome.

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Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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.”

Teaching Online During COVID-19

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How to I provide equity for those without computers or internet access at home is challenging? Access the required site through mobile devices. Access community hotspots and open WiFi, often made available by local businesses who are eager to assist. Online or via Google Voice.

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

The cables drape around the north coast of the state; arms extend off the main line into small coastal communities including Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright and Utqiagvik, where residents and commercial customers are gradually gaining access to the fiber.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

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.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures


Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

3 educational technology tools to be thankful for

eSchool News

Google is a familiar platform for most students, so it comes as no surprise that the Chromebook, which uses the Google Chrome browser, is the number one device of choice for more than 58 percent of U.S. Broadband improvements. The three Ts: Thanksgiving, turkey and tech.

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. PearDeck, Google and GoGuardian are among them.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Millions of students lack the ability to access the internet from home — a problem compounded by increasing expectations from educators that students do so to complete homework and research. . Broadband access still is limited in some rural areas.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

For example, it’s no good investing in iPads for the school if the broadband bandwidth and Wi-Fi connectivity aren’t up to scratch. Buying resources and tech for your schools can be a big responsibility and choosing the right equipment can be tricky.

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Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

Considering that community college students oftentimes have access to fewer resources, it seems at first that this would be counter-intuitive. However, when you consider that the smartphone may be the main source of Internet access, it begins to make more sense.

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide. In rural communities, the problem is even worse — only one in three can access the internet at home.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

To achieve equity and resume coursework for students, Dr. Adams told MIND that Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) began with a district-wide survey to determine each family’s need for computers or a wired home broadband connection.

Equity Isn’t Just About Technology. It’s About Supporting Students and Families.


Fourteen percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access, most of which earn less than $50,000 a year. But the term doesn’t just mean equipping students with the same devices and broadband access.

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

When Tulare City School District officials wanted to provide Google Chromebooks to every student, they knew the wireless network wasn’t up to the job. E-rate , which helps schools and libraries obtain affordable high-speed internet access , last underwent big change in 2014.

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Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community. Third, learn how you can curate by organizing content into useful, easy-to-access collections. Digital Passport is available on the web, iOS, and on Google Play. The High-Tech Headband That Can Make Your Stressed Brain Happy Again The Moon has faster broadband than some parts of the UK A New Approach To Professional Development Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

Flipping the higher ed new normal: from synchronous to asynchronous education

Bryan Alexander

I am mildly curious about why Zoom blots out any mention of the many other video tools out there: Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, Google Hangouts (Meet) or whatever it’s called now, Shindig, Adobe Connect, various Cisco offerings, Lifesize, etc.

Digital Divide


A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of American homes have internet and broadband access. How do we assist those students who don’t have internet access to obtain the proper access to broadband? is a Google Certified Educator Level 2 educator and loves to spread his passion of Ed Tech onto others.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Since our nation’s beginning, the farm has been a foundation of American society , but too often rural communities do not have broadband access or don’t have access to the digital skills needed on today’s modern farms,” Snapp wrote in a blog post. “As

The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education


But computing power, device adoption, pervasive broadband and exponentially networked collaboration platforms of the past decade have already moved us to a world of information abundance. This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology.

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Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

Now, during morning meetings via Google classroom, Glick is the one being peppered with questions – and often she can’t answer them. Nearly 12 million students in 2017 didn’t have broadband internet in their homes , according to a federal report.