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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program. Ancillary E-Rate News

E-rate: A Historical Perspective

Leadership Lounge

Though this year's E-rate Form 470 deadline has passed, the E-rate process and buying season for U.S. Now that we're in the second year of the revised E-rate program, let's take a look back at where we came from and why E-rate needed a major overhaul.

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

eSchool News

Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

Edsurge

For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech?

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. The offer, announced by Sprint and its foundation, also includes 3 gigabytes per month of high-speed LTE data, and then unlimited data at 2 GB speed after that. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. Zach Fansler claimed that part of the TERRA project is government funded, but smaller telecoms providers might not be able to afford access to the fiber if GCI is bought out by Liberty. If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. Why is it that data is collected? Where exactly does the data come from? Data Collection.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

However, transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate. “Transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate.” Here’s our approach to achieving the data transparency we strive for: Data Collection. DATA FUELS ALL THAT WE DO .

Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

In a nutshell: Right now schools use a variety of digital programs that collect data that could be of use to teachers, but programs made by different companies don’t play well together – and some programs won’t even allow teachers to export data out of the system to use it themselves.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. However, transparent data is most powerful when it’s accurate.

How EducationSuperHighway and Service Providers Collaborate

Education Superhighway

Provides subscribers with access to the Internet and related services. Participates in the E-rate competitive bidding process. Typically, their recommendations focus on the services their company can provide to schools.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

?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. 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. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t. ” The suburban district is perceived by some as well-to-do, Nicol says, but he estimates that in any given year, roughly 15 percent of students don’t have Internet access outside of school. “You can’t just send them home with an assignment or some research to do, because they have no access.”

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

Some companies that produce monitoring software report sending tens of thousands of alerts about cyberbullying, violence, sexual content and other concerns. K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:55.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and… it’s blocked. While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. Opportunities for authentic digital literacy instruction arise when students access social networking sites in educational settings.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

According to our data, however, nearly 12% of U.S. public schools still lack access to high-speed fiber connections. Educators know that with springtime comes state assessments and testing—something that more and more states are mandating to be completed online.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access? We closed that gap by contracting with a team of E-rate experts from E-rate Central and a network design engineer from Mighty River.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Access to the identities of staff and students is one of the main attractions for hackers. Even without social security numbers, student and staff data have monetary value for spammers and marketers. Rather than go to the trouble of reselling data, some hackers find it more lucrative to hold a district’s data to ransom. Hackers simply lock users out of their own data until a ransom is paid.

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

Doug Levin

In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. collects and sells user data while helping you clean up your inbox. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.

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

Doug Levin

In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. collects and sells user data while helping you clean up your inbox. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.

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Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Publicly available data has allowed thousands of school leaders to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts, ultimately helping them to negotiate with their vendor so that they can meet their technology goals.

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

Doug Levin

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 This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach. " Tagged on: March 10, 2017 When Extensions Go Bad | The Electric Educator → Keeping your devices and data private requires vigilance and caution.

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Executive Briefs

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Highlights from Tech&Learning’s Leadership Letter THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING STUDENT DATA Every school district employee shares responsibility for protecting student data, but a leadership champion is needed to build and sustain a data privacy program.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

When administrators in Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools were buying MacBooks during the 2015-16 school year, the local Best Buy was offering a lower price than Apple, even after the company’s standard discount for school districts. The company eventually agreed. “No

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

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? “I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. Another problem less well discussed is the challenge of accessibility.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Privacy overlaps with “personalization,” and surveillance overlaps with data collection and analytics and algorithmic decision-making. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Via Edsurge : “Data is Good – But Not Enough – to Improve Education, Says Baltimore City Public Schools CEO.” ” There’s more data on debt in the data and research section below. The 3D modeling company has raised $2.8

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