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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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

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

The Christensen Institute

Yet as this crisis has demonstrated, millions of children live in homes without reliable access to an internet-connected laptop or tablet that can be used for schoolwork. The post How to get every student a device and access to the internet appeared first on Christensen Institute.

How Congress and the FCC Could Help Millions of Students Access Remote Learning

Edsurge

With no guaranteed end in sight, we need Congress to take swift and decisive action to empower the federal E-rate funding program to support off-campus learning devices and connectivity, delivered via secure internet access.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

Edsurge

According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Emergency online teaching. Remote delivery of instruction.

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. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Sprint has been participating in ConnectEd , a White House effort launched a few years ago that has drawn hundreds of millions of dollars of commitments from corporations to give schools and students greater access to ed-tech and connectivity.

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.

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

techlearning

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

About 20 students gazed at their laptops, an online poll open on each screen. In some cases, districts left Alaska telecommunications giant GCI for competing internet service providers in order to get access to wholesaler Quintillion’s fiber, shaking up the stagnant local market.

K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors

EdTech Magazine

Each student receives either a Lenovo touch-screen laptop or a Microsoft Surface for use in the classroom and for homework. As the technology director at Harpeth Hall, Justin Dover works to provide a layer of safety for students’ internet access.

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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.

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. ” 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.

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. And he remembers battery life on those laptops lasting just an hour.

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

EdTech Magazine

The space was outfitted with modern furniture, laptops and audiovisual equipment. . Besides expanding internet use, districts can outfit makerspaces with the proper tools and technology — laptops, 3D printing, coding kits — for students to get started. With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover.

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. If teachers want kids to use online resources in class, they must take home a classroom set of laptops and download the information to each computer in preparation for the school day.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

The number of devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones your network is supporting. To address this, take a tally of the number of devices that will access your network on a regular basis.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

” The 1:1 initiative aimed for districts to issue each student a laptop for use in-school and at home. CIPA requires schools and libraries to install measures to protect children from obscene or harmful content in exchange for discounts offered by the E-rate program.

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Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet. “We After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. They turned to E-rate, the $3.9

The “Maine” Connection: How a rural P-8 district connected students to new opportunities

Education Superhighway

The students at Maine Consolidated had tablets and laptops to access digital literacy programs like Study Island and Kahn Academy but–because of an unreliable Internet connection and extremely low bandwidth–couldn’t use them. Revised E-rate RFP Strategy.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

EdTech Magazine

With every tap of a touchscreen or login onto a laptop, a school’s back-end infrastructure — the maze of servers, racks and cords — is crucial to keep students prepared for their digital education. Taking control of the data center means relegating sufficient space as well as accessibility for schools in remote areas , such as in New Mexico , where school administrators have tackled accessibility from a district level. . How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes.

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The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

The Innovative Educator

It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. They also understand that Chromebooks last as long and are as sturdy as traditional laptops and despite the myth, they realize, just like laptops, you don’t need the internet to access your core suite of tools.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

techlearning

According to the most recent figures from Funds for Learning, E-Rate applicants nationwide requested almost $748 million in discounts against the purchase of just over $1 billion in Category Two products and services, which are detailed in this chart (right). WHO IS IN THE MONEY?

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate? We are now working on an e-rate application to double it again. The key is good fiber between buildings and good cable into the classrooms for the Access Points. We installed a Meraki Access Point in every classroom.

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

The Hechinger Report

Access to technology is another funding-related struggle. “If If E-rate didn’t fund our technology, we didn’t get it,” he said, referring to a federal program that makes telecommunications and Internet access more affordable for schools and libraries. “We

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

Doug Levin

But the iPads will be discontinued next year in favor of the Dell Latitude Education Series (3160) touchscreen laptop computer. Tagged on: March 17, 2017 E-learning day a breeze for tech-savvy students | Dubois County Herald → But for as helpful as the eLearning days can be, Hubster said they probably won’t grow too much in number in the near future. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Tagged on: March 10, 2017 As new technology is paramount, Robertson County gives students laptops | WKRN News 2 → "As new technology is paramount," Robertson County gives students laptops - funded through a special resolution (and not the regular budget).

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