The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. This led the Alliance for Excellent Education (and its partners) – inexplicably – to rally around this goal with the uninspirational ‘ 99 in 5 ‘ campaign instead of pushing for universal access.

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

To inform the Federal Communications Commission in evaluating and refreshing the vitality of the $4 billion program, Funds For Learning announces its eighth annual E-rate Applicant Survey. April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Now is the time to invest back into the E-rate program just as it is impacting our communities.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

techlearning

In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Key 2018 survey findings include: E-rate is fulfilling its mission. EDMOND, OKLA.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Here are five key trends that CTOs will be watching and reacting to in 2016: The modernized E-rate program. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet. Krueger, CEO at CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking , said the fact that the modernized E-rate hones in on broadband and more robust networks is a net positive for K-12 IT departments and their CTOs.

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

Bryan Alexander

On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. Casey noted some long-term persistent trends, such as campus IT seeing technology as an underutilized aid for instruction, and not feeling satisfied about institutional promotion of technology for faculty. ” Casey’s response: we have more information and expanded access to educational materials, but no increase in faculty productivity and no decrease in costs. Future Trends Forum

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. So it should be with E-Rate.

A new tool will help track internet equity

eSchool News

The tool, called Connect K-12, will provide actionable internet speed and pricing information on K-12 broadband connectivity across America using publicly available data from the federal E-rate program.

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

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. The trend is growing. School bus wi-fi also is viewed as a way to close the persistent homework gap that occurs when students have internet access during school, but lack it at home.

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN. They also underscore why school systems need strong networks and robust, affordable broadband access to fully leverage 21st century educational opportunities. One trend is clear: Learning is going digital.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

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. While progress is happening, policymakers and educators will need to keep their eyes focused on continued investments in robust, reliable education networks with broadband access and wi-fi to enable digital learning and address issues of digital equity,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

Edsurge

The mantra makes sense for someone like Marwell, whose nonprofit organization has an audacious mission: to make high-speed internet access available for every student in the US. But in order to do that, EducationSuperHighway must first determine the state of internet access—and track its progress—for schools across the country. million of US students who are now meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) minimum internet access goal of 100 kbps per student.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. 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.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything. Since 2014, a primary goal of the E-rate program has been to ensure affordable access to high-speed broadband in the nation’s schools.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. And Marwell wants all of them to experience the types of teaching and learning high-speed internet access facilitates. The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

Content filtering and web monitoring software aim to prevent students from accessing inappropriate materials online, and many options also include features to alert school leaders to cyberbullying and other instances in which students’ digital communications or web activity might indicate troubling behavior. Those trends also include questions about how increased monitoring affects student privacy. . K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring.

TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

Every one of our schools had only two access points.”. With the help of a local bond and E-rate funding , the Texas public school district serving more than 67,000 students and covering portions of Houston and Harris County, embarked on an ambitious three-year technology plan to put devices into the hands of every student, teacher and administrator. Check out how E-rate funding can help you innovate education.

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Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. However, even with this subsidy, students often have limited access at home.

Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

The report was produced by EducationSuperHighway , a small nonprofit that works with schools to help them improve their choices about increasing high-speed internet access. President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative , announced in 2013, had a goal of giving 99 percent of all students access to speedy internet by 2018. One of the great motivating factors in this trend is leaders at the federal and state level making school connectivity a priority.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

EdTech Magazine

Schools should assess where the gaps in their infrastructure lie and research by consulting industry experts to find solutions , not try to come up with in-house ‘innovations’ that can be out of line with real industry trends,” advises Medhi Paryavi, chairman of the International Data Center Authority (IDCA). Technology is in constant flux and data centers must evolve at the same rate. How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:12.

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Network Essentials for Superintendents: Planning for the future

Education Superhighway

With technology playing a pivotal role in creating incredible learning opportunities for America’s students, it’s vital that every classroom has the bandwidth needed to access media-rich educational tools and implement digital learning. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted connectivity goals as part of its modernization of the E-rate program in 2014 with the intention of improving broadband access for K-12 learning and school operations.

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. Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

“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. With enough transparency, districts can establish benchmarks for prices and identify seasonal trends that impact costs. The federal E-rate program already does this for telecommunications companies that provide goods and services to schools, and the Federal Communications Commission has issued fines and sued companies found to be overcharging districts.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. 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.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” But when trying to write about ten “trends,” it’s evident: everything overlaps. ” A few months later, Facebook fired all of its “ trending news team ,” arguing that its algorithms would be able to better and objectively surface stories.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

It has shaped the administrative imaginary – and that in turn has shaped how schools have built capacity (or much more likely outsourced capacity ) and defined capacity altogether – notably in response to what’s been consistently framed as the challenge of access and the necessity of choice. The Post and Courier reported on South Carolina’s charter schools this summer, noting that their graduation rate is half of that at traditional schools – just 42%.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” It reminded me, not of Carnegie who the article mentions, but of Gates , who initially started funding libraries – public and collective access to digital technologies – before turning to school reform and “personalized learning” efforts. Via The New York Times : “A Few Telling Freshman Trends.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Under current law, student veterans affected by an accreditor shutdown immediately lose access to their GI Bill benefits, including housing.” ” “ 2016 E-Rate Trends.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.” Also via Education Week : “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program ’s Success.” ” “Scaling Educational Access ” by Mindwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. To continue a trend that I monitored last year , it’ll be worth watching who becomes a power-player in the business of ed-tech procurement.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “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.”