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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.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

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It’s no great overstatement to say that the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to rollback net neutrality protections has shaken the education community’s faith in open and equitable internet access for all students. But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries.

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The History of the Future of E-rate

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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

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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

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Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. history to bridge the digital divide.”. 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. families with children in school do not have home broadband access.

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

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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.

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

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The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 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. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” “You can’t just send them home with an assignment or some research to do, because they have no access.”

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

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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. Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Digital Citizenship Curriculum by Common Sense Education. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ 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. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

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

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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? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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