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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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

edWeb.net

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.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

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

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

In this still from a Byju's provided video, about 20,000 students pack the country's largest indoor arena for a math lesson from the company's CEO in 2013. These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

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. 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. .

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

edWeb.net

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

edWeb.net

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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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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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.

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

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

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The New York Times : “ Kushner ’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings.” ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). The company makes student loans based on students’ “academic data.”

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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.” ” Via NPR : “Outcry After Louisiana Teacher Arrested During School Board Meeting.” 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.”

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

Mattivi, whose eighth-grade English students discuss articles about the environment, civic life, and American history after using online literacy programs that provide similar material at different reading levels. The district held a town hall meeting by phone; 12,000 people listened in.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. “ Edsurge on the ethics of ed-tech companies paying teachers. The skills identification company has raised $76.2

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” asks WaPo’s Valerie Strauss, before reprinting an article by UVA professor Dan Willingham.). ” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Greiff has previously been a partner at the 1776 venture fund and he was also a co-founder of the test prep company Grockit.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” Worth noting: the website promotes private student loan companies SkillsFund and Climb to students looking for tuition assistance.). Via Techcrunch : “ SoFi co-founder Dan Macklin is leaving the company.” ” ( No disclosure in this article that Edsurge shares investors with Guild Education.). The Trump Budget.

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