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. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.

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Geographic Equity Issues are Real… and Improving

CUE

In a recent post shared by John Cradler, Rural Schools Receive High-Speed Internet with the Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grant, huge strides in closing the equity gap of some of our most rural areas of the state have occurred. The San Benito County Office of Education is currently in the process of incorporating the Broadband Infrastructure […]. News broadband equity Legislative Advocacy

CUE Legislative Update – June 2020

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Legislative Advocacy

New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

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Legislative Advocacy

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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and infrastructure. John Cradler is a legislative policy consultant with CUE and works with the CUE board, staff, and Legislative Advocacy Committee to advise on policy, legislation, and other public initiatives to support CUE’s mission and vision. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources. E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

These strategies could help your district beat the homework gap

eSchool News

Efforts to bring high-speed internet to all classrooms in the country have been bolstered by advocacy groups and by President Obama’s ConnectEd initiative , but one critical area lags behind: the so-called “homework gap” caused by students’ lack of home internet access. IT Management Networking & Broadband Resource

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. For example, in Georgia, the Connections for Classrooms initiative has given $8.2

Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. Do you have any advice for CIOs, Technology Leaders, and Educators that are looking to organize an advocacy group in their own states? Stay tuned for the next installment in our Broadband Leaders series, and feel free to connect with us on social media to celebrate K-12 connectivity leaders in your state. Success Stories Broadband Leaders

SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […]. 2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology.

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access. The need for more rural education advocacy. Rural Broadband Stats: [link]. as an advocate for Rural Broadband. Daisy currently hosts “ Totally Rural ,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space.

Trump touts rural broadband internet access in $1 trillion infrastructure plan

eSchool News

Rural communities’ broadband internet access has become a key part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, which would promote high-speed internet access across rural America, including schools, classrooms and libraries. Next page: This isn’t the first time broadband internet has been emphasized.

Connected Nation welcomes Emily Jordan to lead Connect K-12

Education Superhighway

Earlier this year, we selected Connected Nation and Funds For Learning as partners to carry forward our mission of upgrading the broadband in America’s K-12 schools. Jordan brings extensive experience in policy and advocacy to the CN team.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale

CUE

In fact, broadband providers do not currently fall under FTC jurisdictions. Advocacy ISTE Technology in Education Uncategorized advocacy internet privacy lawmakingMost of us are acutely aware of the fact that everything you do on the Internet can be monitored and tracked by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Every site you visit, how long you spend on the site, what you click on, etc., can be logged and is typically maintained by your ISP.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

While the Act did not mandate school library staffing, and while it fell short of defining what an effective program might look like, a definition was part of S.312 (The SKILLS Act) where AASL/ALA promoted the following definition: An effective school library program: (1) is staffed by a state sanctioned school librarian; (2) has up -to-date materials and technology, including broadband; (3) includes regular collaboration between teachers and school librarians concerning school reform.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway. The nonprofit broadband advocacy group found nearly 45 million students enjoy in-school access to high-speed internet connectivity, up from 39 million in 2017. According to the agency’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report , 88 percent of U.S.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" - a Library 2.0 Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

These rural districts face the four significant challenges: broadband access, funding, people, and understanding the “why.” Broadband access has become more critical in the last year and a half than ever before.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Nearly a dozen education organizations have endorsed the bill, including the American Library Association; the Consortium for School Networking; the International Society for Technology in Education; the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).

Ed-tech’s evolution in schools

eSchool News

Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

Cox Business Brings High Speed Fiber Connectivity to Historical Jamestowne Island To Provide Virtual Explorations of the James Fort and Archaearium

eSchool News

In attendance and making remarks will be Congresswoman Elaine Luria, who represents Virginia’s second district, Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and Virginia Chief Broadband Advisor Evan Feinman.

Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

The Lessons Learned Online That Will Shape Education After the Pandemic

Edsurge

As an organization on a mission to build a strong, socially conscious and diverse tech workforce, the past year showed us where we can strengthen our existing practices and sharpen our focus and advocacy efforts to be even further out on the leading edge of innovative learning.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

The Federal Communications Commission estimates that about 21 million Americans lack broadband access, with an independent research group indicating the actual number is twice as high.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm of Common Sense Media, and SETDA will work together this year and in 2016 and 2017 to encourage digital leaders to file applications for E-rate program funding. With this excellent guidance as a basis for action, meeting the broadband capacity targets recommended in SETDA’s Broadband Imperative, and adopted by the FCC for its E-rate modernization order, by 2018 is very achievable.”.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in. Despite the broadband upgrades schools have seen since 2012, Marwell hesitates to claim all the credit. “We It’s the beginning of the end of the road for EducationSuperHighway.

Reach out!: Web-Based Advice Service for School Librarians

NeverEndingSearch

He understands that digital equity doesn’t simply mean access to broadband or computers. And, I think a lot of the of us who are doing this understand what particular kind of advocacy is critical right now–advocacy on behalf of the learner.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

Only 60 percent of these families had access to computers or broadband internet at home. Jennifer is in sixth grade. She has her own computer, educational software and high-speed internet.

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How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

While some districts have prioritized the mental health of their students, Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, the director of policy and advocacy for the National Association of School Psychologists, said such districts are the exception.