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

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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. “We were able to do a lot of this because of E-rate funding,” Dickerson said.

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Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

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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. Leading the Digital Leap School Administration Top News AASA broadband digital leap e-rate interne

What You Need to Know About E-rate

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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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E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

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Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

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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.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

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state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Lifeline

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

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

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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.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

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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.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

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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.

3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

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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.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

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As America’s classrooms become increasingly connected, the nation inches ever closer to reaching a major milestone: 100 percent of schools with high-speed internet access, defined as at least 100 kbps (or 100 thousand bits per second) per student. million students who lack internet access, the nonprofit is also looking ahead to the future, when 1 Mbps per student becomes the new broadband benchmark. At that speed, Marwell said, “digital learning” takes on a whole new meaning. “It’s

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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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.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

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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.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students. Eighty-eight percent of U.S.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

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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.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

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

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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 their view, Brevard has “been successful because of past lessons learned.” Digital Learnin

Technology proponents see progress in closing ‘homework gap’

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® As part of series of events to promote the Future Ready initiative, proponents highlighted local efforts that address digital equity at school with support from the modernization of the E-Rate program. They also addressed efforts to promote digital equity outside-of-school, particularly when it comes to at-home access for students from low-income families.

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

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As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade.

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

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As internet connectivity becomes a necessity for schools and students, there is a new call for the government to make school bus wi-fi eligible for federal E-rate funding. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News

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A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

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One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. This is thanks to the Category 2 funding available via E-rate as mentioned in our newly released report, Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

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The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Education is going digital. Impact of E-rate Changes. Rising Digital Inequity.

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Building the Right Infrastructure to Support Mobile Learning

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As they go “all-in” on digital learning, schools are demanding more from their networks. The shift to personalized and inquiry-based learning not only engages students more effectively, it depends on efficient technology.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

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Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. The Homework Gap is the cruelest part of the new digital divide.

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3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

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The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. Digital is King.

Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

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District leaders have a lot on their plate, but it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology is supporting a school district’s learning goals. The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever.

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Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. Those goals were adopted as part of the E-Rate Modernization Order reform efforts in 2014.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

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As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals.

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Six Tips for Your School District’s Category 2 Upgrade

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it allots $3.9 This is a critical resource now, because schools need robust Wi-Fi to keep up with rising digital learning demands, including 1:1 device policies and multimedia learning programs.

3 Things Dedham Public Schools Can Now Do With a Fiber Connection

Education Superhighway

With a 50% E-rate discount and 10% matching funds through the state’s Digital Connections Partnerships Schools Grant & Loan Program that resulted in an additional 10% from E-rate (for a total of 70% discount), the district moved to a fully self-provisioned fiber network.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

Education Superhighway

Last week in Pendleton, Oregon, Governor Kate Brown, signed the Connecting Oregon Schools Fund (HB 4023) to ensure that all K-12 public schools in the state can access high-speed, affordable Internet. To learn more, view the full Connecting Oregon Schools Fund House Bill.

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

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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. And in recent months, data has been essential to our defense of the E-rate program.

The 5 Biggest Wins for School Connectivity in 2017

Education Superhighway

In the effort to ensure that all students have equal access to the broadband they need for digital learning, there are challenges and triumphs every year. The commitment of state leaders to school broadband is a critical component of progress in the fight for digital equity.