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.

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.

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Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. As the roles of connectivity and technology within our schools continue to evolve, modernizing the E-rate program is a huge priority for us.

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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.

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?

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.

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

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 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. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

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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.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

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Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. Of the 2.3 million U.S. students not yet connected to high-speed internet, 1.9

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming. A broader effort to boost internet access across the state formally got underway in May, when then-Gov.

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.

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.

Is Your School District Eligible for State Matching Funds?

Education Superhighway

Since its inception, E-rate has been instrumental in making K-12 broadband more affordable and accessible than ever. “For states that do have matching funds, districts must apply during the E-rate cycle, which opened on January 11 and will close on March 22.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything. Imagine how many customers a company could get running 10 miles of fiber somewhere else. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said.

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

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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.

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

The Hechinger Report

And Marwell wants all of them to experience the types of teaching and learning high-speed internet access facilitates. The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

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.”

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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As Secretary Duncan’s chief of staff wrote at the time, the Common Core was intended to create a national market for book publishers, technology companies , testing corporations, and other vendors.”. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010.

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

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that with access to accurate, transparent 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.

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. Opportunities for authentic digital literacy instruction arise when students access social networking sites in educational settings.

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).

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

Education Superhighway

public schools still lack access to high-speed fiber connections. But with a low bandwidth connection and no access to fiber infrastructure, Superintendent Loyd Rennaker realized the importance of investing in scalable connectivity to help his students use digital learning more effectively.

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.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

IT administrators must make sure there are enough manageable wireless access points and switches in the library to ensure proper capacity and coverage. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. .

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.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

MindShift

Companies can’t block access to any websites or apps, and can’t meddle with loading speeds. “One of the key elements of the internet is that it provides immediate access to a huge range of high-quality resources that are really useful to teachers,” says Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education. have access to high-speed internet and more than 118,000 school and libraries use the E-rate program.

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

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As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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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. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Access to the identities of staff and students is one of the main attractions for hackers. Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain. Given the financial and user support challenges facing edtech companies, these economies should translate into benefits for both vendors and schools, and stimulate the edtech market as a whole.

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Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

Our engineering team downloads broadband services, pricing, connection type and service provider data from the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) publicly available Form 471 filings. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.