E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

EdTech Magazine

ERate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Recent updates to E-rate, which put more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools , have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. . When E-rate 2.0

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These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

eSchool News

As the world undergoes a digital transformation—with connectivity and access to computers and mobile devices playing an increasingly prominent role in everyone’s lives—elementary schools know they need to incorporate technology in the educational process to prepare their students for future success.

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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech? A History of E-rate Legislation.

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.

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

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.

K–12 Leaders Get Creative to Make the Case for Network Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

Two years ago, IT Services Director AJ Phillips needed to persuade her school board to purchase new network infrastructure, so she tapped her prior experience as an elementary school teacher and presented a show-and-tell. K–12 Leaders Get Creative to Make the Case for Network Upgrades.

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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.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

E-rate modernization has not only helped schools boost their connectivity, but more than 10,000 districts were able to invest in Wi-Fi networks in the past four years. billion in E-rate funding for Wi-Fi is at risk if school districts do not act this year.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

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Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. Some schools leave social media open, some schools restrict access, etc.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

What led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access, and what motivates you most about your role as Director of Instructional Policy and State E-rate Coordinator at DESE? All students deserve equitable access to a high quality public education.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

Education Superhighway

For Massac Unit School District #1, good timing, persistence, and a collaborative approach have allowed three elementary schools to finally upgrade to scalable fiber-optic connections. 50 Mbps for Jefferson Elementary. 10 Mbps for Unity Elementary.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

Education Superhighway

For Massac Unit School District #1, good timing, persistence, and a collaborative approach have allowed three elementary schools to finally upgrade to scalable fiber-optic connections. While four schools already had access to sufficient bandwidth, the remaining three schools were constrained by low-bandwidth DSL and microwave connections. 50 Mbps for Jefferson Elementary. 10 Mbps for Unity Elementary. Timing may not be everything, but it counts for a lot.

Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies

EdTech Magazine

That money, combined with federal E-rate funds , enabled St. The systems have had the biggest impact on elementary and middle school students, especially on getting girls more interested in science , says Decker. In many of our elementary classrooms, we’re shifting to flat-panel screens,” he says. Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:36. A frog appears to float in midair.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

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The proposed bond projects include $500,000 in improvements to elementary STEM facilities and $17 million for improvements to school technology. Cross-agency coordination: Some states and districts leverage higher education or medical facility resources to boost education access.

Rural Education Addressing A Tension Point in the Great American Divide

Edsurge

With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools. Understandable, but not equitable when data shows that rural areas have slightly higher poverty rates than urban areas. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) states poverty rates are 18% in rural areas compared with 15% in urban areas. Have high school graduation rates increased in rural counties?

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98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019.

Women’s History Month: How a district leader persisted in bringing fiber to her schools

Education Superhighway

” However, Robin knew she had to find a way to improve her school division’s Internet access given the trouble they were having with their connectivity. “[EducationSuperHighway] showed me that there were service providers that were willing to come out here, so I was able to put out my E-rate Form 470 and get feedback. Robin is thrilled to see how technology has enhanced instruction and improved access to the Internet for her greater community.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT.

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

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. If you solve those three problems, all your kids and teachers will have access,” Marwell said.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. On November 22, 1996, U.S.

Why is America Forgetting About Rural Education?

Edsurge

With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools. Understandable, but not equitable when data shows that rural areas have slightly higher poverty rates than urban areas. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) states poverty rates are 18% in rural areas compared with 15% in urban areas. Have high school graduation rates increased in rural counties?

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children, mother claims | Stuff.co.nz → In New Zealand, the shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children without easy access to the internet and who have parents who are not tech-savvy. Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry.

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Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

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I was their first full time “IT Guy” And when I say full time, I’m stretching a bit, as I was actually farmed out to one of the feeder elementary schools for 2 days a week. How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate?

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children, mother claims | Stuff.co.nz → In New Zealand, the shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children without easy access to the internet and who have parents who are not tech-savvy. Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry.

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership to connect every classroom in the state to high-speed Internet

Education Superhighway

The Montana Association of School Superintendents hosted a press conference in Bozeman, MT, at which Governor Bullock, Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, Russ Hendrickson, President of Montana Educational Technologists Association, and Dennis Parman, Deputy Superintendent at Montana Office of Public Instruction, discussed the importance of providing equal access to high-speed Internet to each school across Montana, especially in rural areas. “In September 14, 2015.

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

The Hechinger Report

This fall, students at Enterprise Attendance Center in the small city of Brookhaven may get to draw, paint and make crafts in an elementary art class — the first the school has had in 12 years. billion on elementary and secondary education.

Rural Education: Addressing A Tension Point in the Great American Divide

Edsurge

With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools. Understandable, but not equitable when data shows that rural areas have slightly higher poverty rates than urban areas. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) states poverty rates are 18% in rural areas compared with 15% in urban areas. Have high school graduation rates increased in rural counties?

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

The Hechinger Report

Related: In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven. A first-grader at Maywood Elementary, in Maywood, California, uses her iPad to complete a chart separating nouns and verbs.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.