The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs

EdTech Magazine

How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs. The Great Prairie Area Education Agency set out to change that. Chartered by the state of Iowa, the organization partners with more than 3,700 teachers and administrators to improve student performance. The agency launched the Room 21C initiative to create a learning environment designed to promote collaborative and personalized learning through the use of technology. Article. Here's how.

Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

This is an important question that has to be addressed by the leaders in school districts throughout the nation. A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of American homes have internet and broadband access. For every student to be successful for the 21st-century global economy, we have to address two questions: 1.

The Teacher Factor

The Principal of Change

I was excited to read the article, “ More Students Are Graduating Because High School Is Getting Less Boring “, saying, “America’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high—83.2 Teachers that are willing to try new things.

Leveraging the Cloud to Address District Challenges

edWeb.net

Today’s school districts have just only begun to scratch the surface of how the cloud can be used to support their data center strategies. Welter notes, while the cloud isn’t the solution to every problem, it’s a powerful tool to have and has the potential to solve quite a few.

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

Doug Levin

Thanks to those who helped spread the word of its release and for offering feedback. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers? |

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Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Cruzan was joined by LaShona Dickerson, technology director for Lafayette Parish School System in Louisiana, to give CoSN attendees tips on how to better plan for E-rate funding and avoid unnecessary audits.

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

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

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

Doug Levin

Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” Been quoted in an article on ransomware in K-12 education. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 and 29 Combined Edition). Summer.

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

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Indeed, it is not hard to find examples in current events that substantiate this view (e.g.,

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

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Indeed, it is not hard to find examples in current events that substantiate this view (e.g.,

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This He anticipates needing to purchase around 2,000 to meet that goal.

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Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

edWeb.net

The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. and overall support financially and other to make sure these devices will work.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”.

Open Learning Opportunities for All Young People

Educator Innovator

This article was originally featured on BoingBoing. We’ve heard a lot of talk these days about open educational resources and online courses and how these platforms can make high-quality learning available for all. You don’t even need to do the lessons in order.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

One of the most important stories this past week was the Trump Administration’s announcement that it planned to end the DACA program, putting the immigration status and safety of some 800,000 people into question. Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. There are stories about the school shooting in Florida and its ramifications in several sections below (and I will be the first to admit I have not gathered even close to all the links that are in circulation this week). President Trump has tried to blame the school shooting in Florida on everything but guns. ” Bill Gates has no idea how much Rice-a-Roni costs.

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. If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ ” “ A path to profitability.”

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 : “ Trump Wants to Arm Teachers. ” Via The Washington Post : “ DeVos moves to delay Obama-era rule on minority special-education students.” 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

” That bill: the move to re-authorize the Higher Education Act. Via Inside Higher Ed : “A graduation rate requirement for access to special funds for minority-serving institutions in a proposed House Republican rewrite of the Higher Education Act would exempt historically black colleges and universities.” “ Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Told to Make Peace With Republicans,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The LA Times : “ Betsy DeVos ’ visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prompts complaints from some students.” “Why DeVos’s Parkland Visit Failed,” according to The Atlantic. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. ” “ DACA Lives, but for How Long?

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

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” 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. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” Perhaps that is how you “scale.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Trump Move on Job Training Brings ‘ Skills Gap ’ Debate to the Fore.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” Tech CEOs visited the White House to talk about “modernizing” a.k.a.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault : ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’ ” Via The New York Times : “ Melania Trump , in Michigan, Urges Middle Schoolers to ‘Choose Kindness ’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Rand Paul ’s New Target: Peer Review.”

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