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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.”

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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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.,

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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

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As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. Student devices are part of it, but so is internet access at home. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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.

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

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.

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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?

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.

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

RECTANUS: I think it's worth noting that our mission as an organization is to expand equitable access for all students to the tools that work for them. EDTECH: Google really dominates the top of this list. I think Google is sort of entering that space, whether people realize it or not.

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. IT administrators must make sure there are enough manageable wireless access points and switches in the library to ensure proper capacity and coverage. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

Going to a Tech Conference? Make Sure to Focus on What Matters.


Take the perennially-popular “50 Best Apps” or “How to Make a Google Form” sessions that crop up every year. However, some of these examples are coming from gifted or specialized programs that are not accessible to most of the student body.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

When students at Woodman School, on the western edge of Montana, are working on research projects in class, they don’t have the option to start their search with Google. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?


A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. After using Compare & Connect K-12 and evaluating their pricing information, Lewis-Palmer’s technology team, saw that the district was paying far more for their internet access than neighboring districts of a similar size were paying.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Accessible scholarship. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Accessible scholarship. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska


The access to technology that students have is just as varied as the students and schools themselves. After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. To provide better access for the students of the Mat-Su district, leaders there created the Rural Enhanced Access initiative.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big


He offered online live and video classes through broadband and satellite to teach students beyond the centers’ walls. Meanwhile, India witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people with access to the internet, which had risen to 409 million (about 31 percent of the country) in 2016.