How to Close the Homework Gap. Together.

Kajeet

In recent years, there have been amazing strides to close the Homework Gap that exists between school-age students who have broadband Internet access and those who do not. There’s still a lot of work to do to not only narrow but close the Homework Gap, once and for all.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

From AR/VR field trips to computer science classes and online testing, there are increasingly high demands for our classrooms to be equipped with sufficient bandwidth. For our purposes here, we can think of bandwidth as the amount of data that can be delivered to each student.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

There are many things to consider when deciding which digital education solution will best suit your needs, but having a clear idea of the purpose and functionality of these edtech resources will help make these purchasing decisions easier. Keep your software up-to-date.

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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.

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.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

And when you look at larger, more densely populated school districts–in urban markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or Chicago–district leaders often face added pressures and challenges to do digital right, and often with little support.

How to Address Digital Equity

techlearning

The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. Below is an executive summary of the most recent update to its Digital Equity Initiative Toolkit. For the full list, go to [link].

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway attended the Middle Grande Rio Rancho Tribal Groundbreaking Ceremony to honor everyone’s hard work in getting fiber infrastructure to pueblo communities. “What brought us here is the desire to do better for our students.

How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs

EdTech Magazine

How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs. The Great Prairie Area Education Agency set out to change that. Chartered by the state of Iowa, the organization partners with more than 3,700 teachers and administrators to improve student performance. The agency launched the Room 21C initiative to create a learning environment designed to promote collaborative and personalized learning through the use of technology. Here's how.

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

The classes are a product of RIFLI’s plan to create a 1:1 classroom computing model that, according to RIFLI’s Director Karisa Tashjian, “blurs the lines between language/content learning and using technology.” ” The classes are popular and full of students like Argelia, an immigrant in her 40s from Guatemala who knew she needed English, but was surprised to find out her job as a nursing assistant equally required her to be digitally literate.

Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity

EdTech Magazine

Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks WirelessBy Heather B.

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How to Tap into Digital Resources in the Classroom?

Kairos EdTech

It is not uncommon to see them with broadband access to the internet, a projector, an interactive whiteboard, 1:1 programs rolling out where every student is equipped with a laptop or a tablet and many more gadgets and technology we could go on and on.

These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

eSchool News

Textbooks and blackboards have become a thing of the past in K-12 schools as educators collaborate with IT teams to shape a full digital core curriculum as part of their educational strategy for 2017 and beyond. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success).

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

PANGUITCH, Utah — Both before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom. Some kids come to log extra time on class projects.

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. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Consider this gap: some 99 percent of K-12 public schools and libraries in some form or fashion (thanks in large part to the E-Rate program) yet 30 percent of Americans.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. This may not happen, however, if we lack vision and concrete examples of the types of classrooms we’re hoping to build.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity.

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5 education issues that should be on the presidential candidates’ radar

eSchool News

The presidential campaign and debates among candidates have shed light on the issues most important to the U.S. public—and among those issues is K-12 education, from new laws and policy, equity and broadband internet access, to open educational resources.

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

The Hechinger Report

Yet, after seeing school data from the California School Dashboard and learning that close to one-fifth of McClymonds’ students were not graduating, he mentally shifted some accountability to the school, seeing a systemic failure to meet the needs of all students.

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Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

No child should have to go to such lengths just to do homework, and every child should have easy and affordable access to the Internet and the opportunity that access brings.

Our Kids Need You

Tom Murray

Just before or after the phrase, which is typically said in some condescending tone, is a reference as to why this generation of kids does not rise to the value of the last. – They need to be loved. – They need to be cherished.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever. Students continue to benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the formal school day thanks to a $1.5 Next page: How to take action on the homework gap.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. Another swipe whisked her up to the school’s roof, where about 1,700 solar panels spread out before her. ARLINGTON, Va.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

To take full advantage of all the internet has to offer, schools need to have reliable, speedy connections. When teachers don’t know if a program will crash midway through class – or work at all – they are often hesitant to use online programs to enhance lessons.

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

Here’s what to keep an eye on. When Murphy’s Law rears its head during a one-to-one implementation, things can start to unravel pretty quickly. Robert Craven has seen it all when it comes to one-to-one challenges and horror stories.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway.

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7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. New forms, new data, the potential for infrastructure discounts, and (even more) new funding are all colliding to create one of the most challenging application periods in memory. That’s a lot to pick up.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

The increasing digitalization of education has put even more emphasis on internet access in K–12 schools , leading more school districts, nonprofits and government agencies to invest in programs and services to ensure each student is connected. . How much speed do you need?

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

During a recent trip to the doctor, the office’s affiliate hospital was in the midst of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system. And as we know, the key to coping with any stress—regardless the source—is something known as resilience.

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

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. We must come together on the common ground of education as pivotal to the creation of a robust democratic society.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades.

Developing a Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Classrooms

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It suggests that the vast majority of students have access to broadband capabilities. The goal of Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to equip every school in the country with high-speed broadband by 2018 at speeds greater than 100 Mbps. Given the current rate of implementation, however, that timeframe looks to be delayed. That leaves us with at least five more years of classrooms with insufficient broadband.

How the Power of Tech Influenced a Superintendent to Upgrade Connectivity in Buellton

Education Superhighway

“We need to make sure there’s equal access [for] all kids. All kids need to have access to these tools… when that didn’t exist, it created this sense of urgency.” We have a pretty wide range of demographics.

Fiber or Cable? Making the Switch to Scalable High-Speed Connections

Education Superhighway

Though the amount of bandwidth each district needs depends, among other factors, on its size and location, every district can benefit from planning broadband infrastructure with growing technology demands in mind. How Much Bandwidth Is Needed To Support Today’s Classroom Technology?

Parents Make a Big Difference in School Quality. I’m Living Proof.

Edsurge

When I became a father, I promised to do everything I could to ensure my kids’ educational experience was better than mine. I went to P.S. 152 and I.S. I went back to my kids’ school and sat down with the principal. “It’s The school needs to be safe and welcoming.

Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

This is an important question that has to be addressed by the leaders in school districts throughout the nation. 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. For every student to be successful for the 21st-century global economy, we have to address two questions: 1.