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. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S. Senate

CUE

Senate introduced that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. News CUE Spark legislation Legislative AdvocacyEmily Tate, reporter at EdSurge, recently highlighted the Digital Equity Act – a bill that the U.S.

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.

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. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

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 lawmaking

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. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

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. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

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].

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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. We believe this [bill] is important because it does go beyond the boxes and wires of broadband implementation, and really gets at building capacity.

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. Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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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.

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.

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. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Help Leaders in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

A survey of 30 superintendents and CTOs from rural districts revealed four key challenges to implementing technology: broadband access, funding, people and understanding the “why.”

"Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th - Session Detail Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As part of the California State Library’s Executive team, she is co-director a Knight Foundation grant to support open data literacy in public libraries and communities and serves on the board of CENIC, California’s research and education broadband network.

Keynote Panel Announced - Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As part of the California State Library’s Executive team, she is co-director a Knight Foundation grant to support open data literacy in public libraries and communities and serves on the board of CENIC, California’s research and education broadband network.

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.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

CoSN is a professional association and advocacy group for district technology leaders with a goal of “empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to create engaging learning environments and provide the tools essential for their success”. Formed in 1992, CoSN works to provide its members with the management, community building, and advocacy tools to be technology leaders in today’s schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

EdTech 150

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

EdTech 150

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. RELATED: A school district is building a DIY broadband network. ARLINGTON, Va.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” ” The Black Alliance for Educational Options , a charter school advocacy group, announced it will cease operations at the end of the year. Chavous is a founding board member of the American Federation for Children , the school choice advocacy group formerly chaired by Betsy DeVos.” (National) Education Politics.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Since 1970, DeVos family members have invested at least $200 million in a host of right-wing causes – think tanks, media outlets, political committees, evangelical outfits, and a string of advocacy groups. In February, CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, called broadband access outside of school a “ civil right ” for students. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” iNACOL has released a report on advocacy for competency-based education. US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

” The Gates Foundation is perhaps the best known organization for furthering political advocacy through its funding mechanisms. This fall, the EducationSuperHighway released a price comparison tool so that districts could see neighbors’ broadband costs and ideally leverage that information to get a better deal. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Another resource, via Education Week : “K–12 Districts to Get Price Transparency on Broadband Rates With New Tool.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The American Civil Liberties Union this week declared its opposition to a federal database of student-level outcomes in a letter signed by a handful of education advocacy groups.” President-Elect Trump. It’s all so awful.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

At least one Duke University study suggested that the arrival of broadband service in North Carolina between 2000 and 2005 correlated with a small, but significant dip in reading and math scores for elementary school students.