Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. The FCC did not return emails and phone calls requesting an interview for this article.

Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

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monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. The fact that it is open source means innovation and collaboration that draws on a pool of talent and know how that is far beyond any single company could muster. Articles Blog Technology Augmented Reality Cloud Computing Mixed Reality Serious Games simulation technology Virtual RealityGoogle recently announced , It’s next-generation gaming platform.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Few education companies have successfully pulled off a freemium business model. “It’s

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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

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As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. . This article is part of the "Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" series. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

GCI, a broadband provider in the state, is slated for purchase by Colorado-based Liberty Interactive in a deal that could amount to nearly $1 billion. Before e-rates, schools in the region are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for state-mandated broadband internet access,” the Alaska Democrat wrote. According to the article, Korthuis “questioned high costs that continue to be charged AVCP [sic] even though the TERRA Southwest… was supposed to bring costs down.”.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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As edtech leaders and stakeholders work to eliminate the homework gap, solutions such as mobile hotspots, low-cost broadband, private LTE networks and even Wifi on buses have the potential to ensure that students have 24/7 access to their education.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. Last month, an article in from New America, a think tank, raised the specter that the FCC could overhaul the program once again, this time cutting funding. The Universal Service Funds refer to the telecom fees collected by USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, that pay for E-Rate.

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The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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This article was modified and published by eSchool News. Jena Draper is the founder and general manager at CatchOn, a company designed to support teaching and learning through the smarter use of data and technology. Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?”

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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More important, when educators can download and add digital resources on their own, they may be giving companies unintended access to private student information. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

No doubt, Udacity, Coursera, and edX have been moving away from “free” and “open” online education for a while now , charging fees for courses and certificates and acting much more like online program management companies – third party vendors for Internet-based courses and degree programs. For its part, Udacity has fully rebranded itself as a high-tech job training company, a topic I’ll cover in more detail in a forthcoming article in this series.

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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.” “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Contracts with publishing companies ensure equal availability and pricing for Idaho’s large population of rural schools. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

In previous years, when I’ve written about this topic, I’ve saved “The Business of Ed-tech” for one of the last articles in my “ Top Ed-Tech Trends" series. " I will do that in a separate article at the end of the year. You might read the signals of the health of ed-tech startups in the departure of their founders – both from leadership positions and from their companies altogether. The company also will pay $8.5

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Been quoted in an article on ransomware in K-12 education. Tagged on: July 21, 2017 A complex web of factors influence children’s commercial media literacy | LSE Business Review → If they don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data? Summer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). Those are my excuses for combining the last two weeks of news clips into one ‘best of’ roundup.

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Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

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In fact, it’s a fairly safe bet that you’ve already unknowingly encountered some form of AI and machine learning technology before you started reading this article. Today, things are so advanced that there is unlimited growth potential with AI companies designed to support business like yours.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

While the tools may have print components, companies must submit them digitally, and only the digital materials are reviewed. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” ” The race for the California State Superintendent is still undecided – at least as I type up this article, it is. is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.)

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Without Net Neutrality , How Would Internet Companies Treat K–12 Districts?” Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school company that has been battling Ohio for quite some time now.

Net Neutrality -- Our Tech Staff Debates the Issue

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Mrs. H brings two articles to the discussion. There Isn''t Enough Broadband Market Choice to Prevent Bad Actors Net Neutrality is the Internet''s First Amendment Mrs. H. Why would I expect profit motivated companies such as Comcast to be interested in every family in America having access? also brings two articles to the discussion. The issue of net neutrality is a hot topic of discussion with our tech staff!

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” ” The first article claims that “The college lecture is dying. “This Machine Learning-Powered Software Teaches Kids To Be Better Writers,” Fast Company claims. The company, which makes engineering kits, has raised $4.1

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Although the shooting is a local story, I am putting many of the articles here in the national section because, over a week later, it is still very much in the national headlines. Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” Wikispaces Classroom (and free wikis from the company, now owned by TES ) joins the ed-tech dead pool.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center.

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. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Via The New York Times : “Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” The company “provides personalized educational feedback services for students,” and according to Crunchbase has raised $184 million total.