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E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

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By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind. During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.

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E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

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E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. It didn’t cover every classroom, and it used the 802.11n specification. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We E-rate , which helps schools and libraries obtain affordable high-speed internet access , last underwent big change in 2014.

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

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ERate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Recent updates to E-rate, which put more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools , have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. . When E-rate 2.0 MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out everything you need to know about E-rate. E-Rate Opens Local Resources for Other K–12 Projects.

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CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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That means we shouldn’t just use edtech to replace worksheets, run “drill and kill” exercises, or crunch assessment performance numbers. To better understand how using technology can create equity in schools, we’ll outline how technology creates more equitable situations in the classroom. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school. Access to technology alone isn’t enough.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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All in this Edtech Reports Recap. Well, that was at the Federal Communications Commission’s 2014-15 short-term target of 100 Kbps per student for using tech in the classroom. But when kids and their devices return to classrooms, school bandwidth will again be in the spotlight.

Edtech in Rural Education

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Integrating new technology into a classroom can be intimidating. Many teachers worry that they will need to spend hours learning how to use new technology before being able to successfully implement it in the classroom. This holds true for any school district, but in rural communities, where general access to technology is often limited, it is especially important. So, why is edtech so slow to catch on in rural education? Edtech is a necessity for rural education.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. It should not be controversial in 2016 that there is a baseline expectation of access to technology in schools, just as there are baseline expectations for access to textbooks and desks. The glasses have been raised.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms. EdTech News News news OER

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Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

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Local IT service companies tend to be business focused, just like school IT shops of old, and are not well versed in the unique edtech challenges facing classrooms today. Successful implementation of technology integration requires new ways of thinking and looking at what is really needed to provide tech services to the classroom. How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate? We are now working on an e-rate application to double it again.

3 Steps Budget-Conscious Schools Can Take to Upgrade Infrastructure

EdTech Magazine

Here are three steps district leaders interested in upgrading infrastructure can take to get on the path toward tech innovation: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Seek Out E-Rate Funding. One way that school districts can easily stay on budget when updating networking infrastructure is with help from the E-rate program. This can cover everything from routers to switches and access points.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

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Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” Most students find web filtering to be unnecessarily inhibitive, citing that it blocks perfectly acceptable web pages due to one keyword or denies access to social media pages.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

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As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet. “We After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. They turned to E-rate, the $3.9 Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Schools leader asks for $10 million budget increase | Cambridge Chronicle & Tab → The proposed budget calls for $200,000 to fund a pilot of the department's "one-to-one" technology initiative, which would provide Chromebook laptops to all ninth- and 10th-grade classrooms, and the equivalent of one full-time staff member. Blog EdTech News News news

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8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space

EdTech Magazine

In CDW’s modern learning environment engagements with numerous school districts across the country, the following best practices have emerged: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Eliminate the Front of the Classroom. One quick way to tell whether modern learning environment improvements will truly transform teaching and learning is to look at the classroom layout. Repurpose Existing Items for the Classroom. by EdTech Staff.

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

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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. There is no quick fix to addressing accessibility and broadband internet access is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity.

K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors

EdTech Magazine

Each student receives either a Lenovo touch-screen laptop or a Microsoft Surface for use in the classroom and for homework. MORE FROM EDTECH: Find out how K-12 schools can balance privacy and security protocols. As the technology director at Harpeth Hall, Justin Dover works to provide a layer of safety for students’ internet access. K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors. Andrew.Steger_zKQu. Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:12.

TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

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The foundation to Aldine Independent School District ’s recent massive technology and classroom upgrades was cemented by first supporting teachers and administrators. Five years ago, we had minimal technology in our classrooms,” Nguyen Bui, the district’s executive director of technology innovation and initiatives, said during a Feb. The bandwidth in each classroom was 1 gigabyte. Every one of our schools had only two access points.”.

Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Read more about how web filters keep students safe! GoGuardian Admin offers adjustable, policy-based filtering that blocks prohibited sites and alerts administrators when students attempt to access inappropriate content, even on a permitted site. The district also uses GoGuardian Teacher for classroom management. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how schools are getting parents involved towards a successful 1:1 device program!

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

All three of these priorities are connected and make it clear that data is a district priority — accessing, managing, leveraging and keeping it secure,” the report states. IT leaders say they use funds from the E-rate program and delay replacement or defer maintenance/upgrade contracts as a strategy to overcome budget issues. Integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function.

Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies

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Each classroom in the district is also equipped with either SMART or Promethean interactive whiteboards, says CIO Bobby Blount. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Visual Classroom Tools Are for Schools of All Sizes. That money, combined with federal E-rate funds , enabled St. In many of our elementary classrooms, we’re shifting to flat-panel screens,” he says.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

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Today’s classroom is a melding of traditional and digital tools to instruct today’s students. . SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Taking control of the data center means relegating sufficient space as well as accessibility for schools in remote areas , such as in New Mexico , where school administrators have tackled accessibility from a district level. . How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

According to the fact sheet that the White House recently released, here’s what we know: Adobe has delivered creativity and e-learning software to over 950,000 students and teachers at more than 1,450 schools and launched more than 20 district-wide Adobe & ConnectED programs. Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S. Blog EdTech News News news

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

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In rural districts, children and youth face profound obstacles—geographic isolation and long bus rides to school, frustratingly slow internet connections, limited course options, and low college-going rates. More flexible learning environments—including technology-based ones—can expand learning options for rural students beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Edsurge : “How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors” – “ A Win for Edtech Vendors.” Inside Higher Ed has more details on the University of California Berkeley ’s announcement that they’ll remove free online content rather than comply with a Justice Department demand to make it accessible to those with disabilities. Via The Backchannel : “ Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” Teacher on Paid Leave After Confederate Flag Found Hanging in Classroom.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via Ozy.com : “How High Schools Are Demolishing the Classroom.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via eCampus News : “The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump.” Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’ ” “The History of the Future of E-rate ” by me. “When Social Media Assignments Increase Risks for Vulnerable Students” by Monica Bulger and Jade E. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “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.”