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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. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service. My company, StraighterLine , exists to help get students halfway through college by quickly and affordably completing their prerequisites.

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. The stunt came years before the CEO’s company, Byju’s, launched a learning app that would take the company to 35 million downloads, with 2.7 These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself. The company reported revenue of 14 billion rupees (about USD$196.89

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

To achieve equity and resume coursework for students, Dr. Adams told MIND that Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) began with a district-wide survey to determine each family’s need for computers or a wired home broadband connection. And a recent article in EdSurge, “ Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access ,” shared several more ideas that districts, government agencies, and telecommunications companies have advanced.

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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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. Early in his tenure, Pai revoked an Obama-era progress report praising E-Rate modernization.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

edWeb.net

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. The K-12 Horizon report and the rapid influx of innovation in our society in the last 15 years have all played a significant role in education. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

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. I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Summer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop).

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” “8 Grad Students Are Arrested Protesting the GOP Tax Bill on Capitol Hill,” The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Adam Harris reported on Tuesday. Via NPR : “ School Voucher Programs Should Be Clear About Disability Rights , Report Says.” ” That’s a report from the GAO. “Without Net Neutrality , How Would Internet Companies Treat K–12 Districts?” More on the report in The Washington Post.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Reports.” ” More on the report from Pacific Standard. 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.

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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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” And in Delaware , “Authorities have arrested two Smyrna high school students in connection with threats involving clowns and bombs ,” the AP reports. ” “ Clown College Calls National Rash of Rumored Clown Scares ‘Troubling’,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” AllAfrica reports that the Kenyan government will begin distributing some 1.2

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

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PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. She is the author of the Dialogue’s 2014 vision report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.

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Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. She is the author of the Dialogue’s 2014 vision report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.

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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 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

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.” One of the flaws, I think, of much of the reporting on education technology is that it treats “ed-tech” as a product without a politics and without a practice. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August.

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Still more education news from the UK: “ Sam Gyimah replaces Jo Johnson as universities minister ,” The Times Higher Education reports. Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for the original reporting on this in 2016. Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Hechinger Report : “ Betsy DeVos ’s school choice ideas are a reality in Sweden , where student performance has suffered.” ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” asks The Hechinger Report.

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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. “What Decades Of Covering School Shootings Has Taught Me” by NPR’s longtime education reporter, Claudio Sanchez. And there’s data about pay in the research and reports section below.

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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.

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Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” ” 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.” Via the US News & World Report : “ Why Few Borrowers Have Pursued PSLF.”

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” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” 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.” Education Politics.

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Here are some reports from her travels: Via Chalkbeat : “What is Betsy DeVos ’s ‘rethink school’ initiative all about? ” Via the AP : “School at Cook County Jail reported phony attendance numbers.” SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Birmingham-Southern Cuts Tuition in Half,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ African Ed-Tech Incubator ’s First Class of Companies Step Into Market.”

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“Higher education and library associations called on the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to uphold Obama-era rules requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic on the internet equally,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The company took another step toward that goal Wednesday, announcing new degree offerings from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and France’s HEC Paris.” The company has raised $56.4 Education Politics.

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But the struggling sector’s political giving is down since peaking in 2012,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Testing, Testing… Via the Hechinger Report : “On a classroom-based test for new teachers , black teachers score lower.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible.

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. 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.

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Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. Via The LA School Report : “ LAUSD approves $7.5 ” “ Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban the Box,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” “Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs ,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Tutoring company Ruangguru has raised $7 million in Series B funding.

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Via The Hechinger Report : “Why Betsy DeVos ’ vision of education does little to ensure equity.” So, no doubt, were several articles by and about Emory University professor Mark Bauerlein and his defense of Trump and DeVos. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” ” A copy of the report has been archived on Doug Levin’s website.

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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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” More on the teacher prep law from The Hechinger Report. ” “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. The company has raised $420 million total.