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

Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

Thanks to a major funding refresh, one district found that it’s now possible to support its one-to-one initiative without scaling back access for other services or devices. The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students. “We were able to do a lot of this because of E-rate funding,” Dickerson said.

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SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC’s Emergency E-rate Filing Window

SETDA Says

SETDA and CoSN commend the Wireline Bureau for opening an emergency E-rate filing window to help schools address their higher than expected on campus bandwidth demands. The Bureau’s decision will help schools support their students during a very challenging period and we appreciate the agency’s swift recognition of this on campus digital learning need. […]. E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Policy Statement

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program. What does blended learning look like?

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. The digital concept is so important for our schools today. That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.

E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. That amounts to $150 in E-rate Category 2 funding per student, to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections. The post E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

At the same time, innovative education leaders and classroom teachers are engaging, motivating, and nurturing students to develop mindsets for college and career readiness and lifelong learning, and they are supporting social and emotional development. Education researchers and neuroscientists are learning more about how people learn. Entrepreneurs are building on this knowledge to build breakthrough innovations that improve learning. Accessibility.

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

FCC Extends Key E-rate Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Education Superhighway

On April 1, 2020, the FCC announced extensions of several key E-rate deadlines to provide relief to program participants affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470.

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

Education Superhighway

As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. However, with digital learning opening new opportunities for students and teachers, schools and libraries must continue to utilize the program to prepare their networks for the future — and we want to help. Still, more than $1 billion in E-rate funding is left on the table each year.

E-rate Application Window Extended Due to COVID-19: April 29, 2020

Education Superhighway

The extension of the application deadline means that any Form 470 filed on or before April 1, 2020, will be within the E-rate program’s 28-day competitive bidding requirement. For additional information, please visit the USAC E-rate homepage. As a reminder, EducationSuperHighway’s tools and resources are available to support your E-rate application, including: • Form 470 Best Practices. • 5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470.

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. As a result, 35 million more students have been connected to digital learning and educational opportunity. The impact of E-rate modernization is most evident in the acceleration of the pace of upgrades in K-12 broadband networks. Why has E-rate modernization worked so well?

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

Joint SETDA and CoSN statement on FCC Rural Telecommunications Offer

SETDA Says

The agency’s decision to revise tariffs for rural providers is a helpful action at this historic moment when far too many rural students lack access to online learning. Broadband Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Legislation

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

Education Superhighway

Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants. The goal of the Washington Digital Learning Access Grant Program is to support school districts, without adequate broadband connectivity, looking to upgrade to: scalable, fiber infrastructure, and.

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

eSchool News

This year’s E-rate cycle may be over, but in order to be well prepared for the next one, now is the time to start the connectivity conversation with your school district. Digital learning helps students grasp concepts more fully, and not having access to the wealth of information found in online videos, apps, and curriculum puts these students at an immediate disadvantage to their connected peers.

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

SETDA Says

Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

Education Superhighway

With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. However, through the E-rate Modernization order , not only is the cost of upfront construction eligible for reimbursement, but the FCC program also provides additional funding to match state funding for special construction charges.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students

Education Superhighway

On November 17, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to complete the modernization of the federal E-rate program, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years. In July, the FCC took the first step to update the 18-year-old E-rate program by voting to improve transparency, set connectivity goals, phase out legacy services, and upgrade Wi-Fi in schools.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent.

How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

Education Superhighway

In the past few years, concerted efforts like E-rate modernization and various statewide initiatives have helped bring digital learning opportunities to students across the nation. Let’s look at three examples of how digital learning is changing the face of today’s classroom learning. In order to enable digital learning in every classroom, every day , school districts need the right infrastructure for their Internet access.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

SETDA Says

state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. read more.

SETDA Urges Public Comments to Support Closing the Homework Gap via EBS

SETDA Says

Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Legislation UncategorizedSETDA encourages state agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders to provide public comments for the FCC, Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band by the deadline Wednesday (August 8) or to reply to comments posted by September 7.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

SETDA Says

Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineDuring last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. read more.

“Our Kids Are Worth It”: How A Florida District Amplified its Digital Learning Opportunities

Education Superhighway

Both have had long careers at Brevard and have worked closely to implement technology into the schools’ digital learning programs. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. In years past, particularly in the district’s elementary schools, Wireless Access Points (WAPs) couldn’t support the rapidly growing number of devices in every classroom; only 12 students could get online at one time. In their view, Brevard has “been successful because of past lessons learned.”

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. In rural communities, the problem is even worse — only one in three can access the internet at home. However, students may have no internet access when they get home. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country. Schools need high-speed broadband and ubiquitous wi-fi to ensure all students have equal access to digital learning opportunities, advocates and stakeholder groups say.

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. Add concepts like blended and flipped learning to the equation and you come up with yet another to-do list item: Make sure students can actually use their devices when they aren’t physically on campus and within wi-fi range. In some cases, a lack of internet access at home is financial in nature.