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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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.

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.

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.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. There are three parts to the problem—access, participation, and powerful use. Accessibility. Access Resources.

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

EdTech Magazine

As the technology director at Harpeth Hall, Justin Dover works to provide a layer of safety for students’ internet access. As more schools put laptops and tablets in students’ hands, they’re also deploying new technologies that allow them to mitigate related risks.

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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.

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

EdTech Magazine

With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. IT administrators must make sure there are enough manageable wireless access points and switches in the library to ensure proper capacity and coverage. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades.

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 “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.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

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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?

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

eSchool News

Already, K-12 schools are beginning to leverage the E-Rate for a digital transformation [read here and also here ]. And more schools are incorporating mobile tablets and smartphones into their curriculum [read about the staggering growth of Chromebook implementation here ].

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

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Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. Another problem less well discussed is the challenge of accessibility.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. Students now interview authors across the country via Skype and access books that match their interests and reading levels on e-readers. By Heidi Moore.

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

Doug Levin

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. " Tagged on: March 17, 2017 770 Apple iPad Air Coming To Cullman County Elementary Schools | Cullman Today → At $340,000, kindergarten, first & second-grade students get 'ultra-modern' tablets.

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “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. Via Education Week : “One million high school students from low-income families will receive free internet access under President Barack Obama’s ’ My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative for minority males, the White House announced.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” But Do Tablet Programs Work? “ 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. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week.” ” The irony. “The U.S.