Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN. They also underscore why school systems need strong networks and robust, affordable broadband access to fully leverage 21st century educational opportunities. One trend is clear: Learning is going digital.


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Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha


It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

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.

Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing


Despite the influx of capital, employers, schools and policymakers are only just beginning to harness the sector’s advancements in the delivery, accessibility and effectiveness of education technology. Here are five key trends to consider as education enters a new decade: 1.

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Report reveals surprising data about mobile broadband usage in schools

eSchool News

A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing school networks is the greatest benefit of the service. During this time frame, data usage trended strongly upward, with consumption increasing so rapidly that the report predicts average school use could double in the course of a year.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

The biggest danger that higher education faces as a sector, though, is the loss of gains that we have made over the past 20 years in access to a college education — with all of the accompanying benefits to individuals and our entire society — for first-generation and minority students.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access


should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. In a recent edWebinar , Dr. Larry Fruth, Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager at CatchOn, discussed head on the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy.

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Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet


JUNE 26, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission soon will evaluate funding regulations for broadband internet in schools and libraries to consider how connectivity demands align with program utility and efficiency. In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Visit [link] to download the complete 2018 Trends Report. EDMOND, OKLA.

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. Dr. Curran explained that what should be trending in social media is the learning that happens in the classroom. Schools as wireless hubs Some schools are using LTE technology to push internet access to their community.

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access. Rural Broadband Stats: [link]. as an advocate for Rural Broadband. 10-minute Teacher Show News & Trends TeachingEpisode 40 of #10MT Interviews Daisy Dyer Duerr From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. The report, which calls the matter an issue of “civil rights,” indicated that 75 percent of school district leaders have no data on their students’ Internet access outside of school, while 70 percent of teachers nationally report assigning homework that requires access.

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.

How Leveraging Curiosity May Keep Students Engaged From Afar


Another challenge we deal with is internet access. We live in a rural area, and our broadband doesn't always hold. With four kids home virtually learning, I have to plot out who can be on what meeting because, if we have more than two people online at a time, the broadband will cut out.

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

The trend is growing. School bus wi-fi also is viewed as a way to close the persistent homework gap that occurs when students have internet access during school, but lack it at home. 3, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the FCC to use its authority to help close the homework gap where students still need broadband access in order to complete homework assignments.

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


Two recurring themes were the need for more widespread internet access and tech support for families. “It It really became apparent that probably 25 to 30 percent of the students in their communities didn’t have reliable internet access, if at all,” she said.

PROOF POINTS: A warning sign that the freshman class will shrink again in the fall of 2021

The Hechinger Report

But given the trends we’ve seen, we risk backpedaling on that progress if we fail to help those kids find a post-secondary pathway now.”. Broadband connectivity is a problem,” said DeBaun of the National College Attainment Network.

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


Those interactions look a lot different than just evaluating consumer or edtech trends in isolation. 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.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals. The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Despite these affordability challenges, there are some positive trends.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. What they don’t have is legal access to spectrum to carry the signal.

E-rate report reveals dire need for off-campus internet

eSchool News

In the 10th annual E-rate Trends Report , based on with a record-breaking 2,138 responses submitted by E-rate applicants, Funds For Learning offers an inside look at the efficacy and value of the federal E-rate program.

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A new tool will help track internet equity

eSchool News

The tool, called Connect K-12, will provide actionable internet speed and pricing information on K-12 broadband connectivity across America using publicly available data from the federal E-rate program.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. However, even with this subsidy, students often have limited access at home.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


For some students who lack access to broadband and digital devices, and for some schools that can’t handle the logistics of a device for every student, print remains the most accessible way to learn. Even the most digitally connected educator will have access to a printer, Fields said. “It’s Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed Market TrendsPrint textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete.

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Jeff Bezos Wants to Go to the Moon. Then, Public Education.


Access to vast amounts of data, the proverbial “oil of the 21st century,” and the ability to mine and analyze it, is the real competitive advantage Amazon holds over other companies. Education Technology Enterprises Technology Trends Market Trends

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

The Hechinger Report

While the net-zero school trend is still relatively small, it has taken hold in districts of every geographic and socioeconomic description. RELATED: A school district is building a DIY broadband network. News Curriculum online learning Personalized Learning STEM Technology accessARLINGTON, Va. 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.

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. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US. This means that in theory all students have access to the Internet via their school. Welcome to NEO Blog 2018!

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.

Funding Year 2021 E-rate Application Window is Now Open

eSchool News

With funding requests increasing over the past three years, it’s clear that the E-rate program plays a crucial role in helping schools and libraries secure much needed funds for essential broadband services.”.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. Tracy Smith, Parkland’s assistant to the superintendent for operations, spoke with EdTech about the district’s strategies and best practices for improving digital equity and shared her hopes for bringing broadband to every home in the Lehigh Valley region. .

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.


The nation must act with urgency and purpose to ensure all students have access to high quality online learning opportunities,” they write. Ensuring that all students have high-speed internet access and functioning devices is a baseline requirement for virtual learning.

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.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online


The mantra makes sense for someone like Marwell, whose nonprofit organization has an audacious mission: to make high-speed internet access available for every student in the US. But in order to do that, EducationSuperHighway must first determine the state of internet access—and track its progress—for schools across the country. million of US students who are now meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) minimum internet access goal of 100 kbps per student.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide


Make sure you also discover what platforms are being used, the current speed of the Internet at the school, what policies are in place governing Internet access, if there is available WiFi, what procedures are involved to access it, and if there are any dedicated resources such as administrative staff to managing connectivity and IT hardware at the school. Audit your student’s access: Draw up a short survey, (try the one on page 11 of this study ) that your students fill in.

eSchool News launches eSchool News IT Solutions: Hardware and Management Guide

eSchool News

eSchool News Guides are full of resources, tips, trends, and insights from industry experts on a variety of topics that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

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