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. Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus.

Educators Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!

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40 Million K-12 Students Do Not Have the Level of Internet They Need in Schools The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, is considering expanding access for kids across the country. We need your help to convince them to vote "YES" in order to expand E-rate so that our students can benefit from the access they need in our schools. Educators across the nation are creating 15 second videos to share via social media expressing the need for #Internet4Schools.

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How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

In 2016, EducationSuperHighway worked with the Virginia Department Of Education (VDOE) to hire an E-rate and school technology specialist. She’s a big advocate for expanding broadband access and digital equity, and she has become a key strategic planner for school Internet in Virginia. One of the first things I did for KLIP was establish goals: get fiber to schools that need it, ensure all schools have reliable Wi-Fi, and rebuild the state E-rate program.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

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. Although there are many other factors that could have improved that graduation rate, the engagement that technology can foster—if done well—likely had an impact. By Kathleen Costanza.

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. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” Most students find web filtering to be unnecessarily inhibitive, citing that it blocks perfectly acceptable web pages due to one keyword or denies access to social media pages.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school. The ubiquitous access to the Internet eventual led to the implementation of more student-centered instructional practices where students began to take ownership over their learning. The typical K–12 public school has the same internet access as the average home, only with 200 times more users.

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How K–12 Schools Can Use Next-Generation Content Filtering to Keep Students Safe

EdTech Magazine

Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, tying E-rate program discounts to a school’s internet safety policy. The FCC requires three elements for compliance: content filtering to prevent access to obscene, pornographic, or harmful images; monitoring of online activities of minors; and education in appropriate online behavior and cyberbullying awareness. Next-Generation Website Blockers Balance Online Access with Safety.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. adults lost their main source of internet access as libraries started to shut down in March 2020.

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. Conduct research to explore the educational uses of social media platforms and assess the impact of filtering in schools.

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. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap. Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years.

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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

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. They provided free technical assistance to education administrators in navigating the E-rate program.

Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever. billion increase in E-rate funding over the last 18 months. are stepping up digital citizenship and vigilance to combat social media bullying. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

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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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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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. But when it comes to schools there’s an endless list of reasons why they are unable to figure out how to provide sufficient internet access for learning.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 17, 2017 Meet the West Virginia teen taught himself how to build a rapping AI using Kanye West lyrics | Quartz Media → To upend the perceived shortage of talent, tech companies have begun to evangelize for open-source AI code, or software that’s free to use, modify, and improve upon. 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

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? 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 Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” Inside Higher Ed has more details on the University of California Berkeley ’s announcement that they’ll remove free online content rather than comply with a Justice Department demand to make it accessible to those with disabilities. tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media. The social-collaboration-software-for-schools startup has previously raised $1 million.

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Facebook is, although Mark Zuckerberg denies it , a media company. And like democracy, technology changes the social and individual relationships between us. ” Eschewing “traditional” media advertising buys, the Trump campaign invested in Facebook ads and raised money through the site as well. million in E-Rate rebates.).

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Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’ ” “The History of the Future of E-rate ” by me. ” “Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order,” reports Inside Higher Ed. Education Politics.

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” The website: Victory Media. Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Two different opinions on WIkipedia : “How Social Media Endangers Knowledge” by Hossein Derakhshan in Wired. “ Sprint Rolls Out Effort to Boost Student Connectivity, Tech Access,” says EdWeek’s Market Brief. (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J.

Hack Education Weekly News

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.”

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Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” ” “A Gadsden City Schools principal has been suspended after coming under fire for a social media post he made following Trump ’s election,” the AP reports. The BBC reports that “ Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content.” The Trump Administration.

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. ” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates.

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The State Department is proposing to ask additional questions of visa applicants regarding their social media usage.” “Why is the media – including the liberal media – supporting these teachers’ strikes ?”

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