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. During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds.

How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

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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. Related content: 4 things to ask about E-rate funding. During a recent webinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.

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1to1 Digital Content E-Rate EETT Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Online Assessment Personalized Learning Professional LearningEd Tech Update has the answer… SETDA is excited to share Ed Tech Update. This site and newsletter brings together the largest set of industry. read more.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

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After taking steps to update and increase funding for the E-rate program in 2014, this year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber. With the expanded E-rate opportunities, the number of K-12 districts exploring their dark/self-provisioned options could grow significantly over the next few years. Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today.

Defend, but Closely Scrutinize, Test Policies, Fed Official Urges State and Local Leaders

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Department of Education, said amid a growing anti-testing backlash, state and local officials need to evaluate how their assessments are used. Assessment Common Core E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning ltlf assessment testing Deborah S. Delisle, a top official at the U.S.

SETDA in the News: February Round Up

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E-Rate ED EETT Equity of Access FCC In the News Interoperability Online Assessment Privacy State boards February may have buried many in the Northeastern part of the United States in snow, but here in Washington, DC, there was lots of. read more.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

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Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. Over the past two decades, the FCC through its E-Rate program has connected just about every U.S. In 2014 the FCC modernized the E-Rate program to make it more affordable for schools and libraries to upgrade their internet connection speeds. Increase Feedback and Assessment.

3 ways we support school districts

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NAVIGATE E-RATE. Advice on E-rate program timeline and milestones. JOSH CHISOM, E-RATE SPECIALIST. A former E-rate consultant and Site Reviewer/Trainer/Auditor for the E-rate program, with over 20 years of experience in K-12., Josh is passionate about upgrading school district networks and is a true expert when it comes to everything E-rate. Translate your technology plans into reality using e-rate funding.

Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development

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For nearly two decades, our organization has served 137 school districts in our stat e. Recent webinars explored the Google Admin console, how to prepare a technology plan for the Alabama State Department of Education, E-rate support, SQL Server database scripts and anti-virus support. We see many questions about E-rate. Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:58.

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Six Tips for Your School District’s Category 2 Upgrade

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One of the most important features of E-rate is that it allots $3.9 To date, only 50% of that available E-rate funding has been utilized. Summer: This is the best time to start assessing your needs. Fall: You should now be in the planning phases, where you design the upgrade and release your E-rate form 470 or RFP. Spring: This is when you can select a provider and apply for funding through E-rate Form 471.

Is dark fiber in your district’s future?

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing E-rate applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber. A toolkit offers an overview of the E-rate program, important considerations for schools to assess their networking options, and a call to action for school systems to take steps toward deciding on and making effective use of today’s fiber connectivity options.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

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These security funds are often spent on services such as breach detection and security vulnerability assessments. In the survey, school district representatives also answered questions about E-rate, broadband connectivity, cloud computing and data interoperability. In the survey, just over 3 percent of respondents said their school buses have Wi-Fi, but another 16 percent said they would consider it if it were E-rate eligible.

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Network Essentials for School Board Members

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With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades. While there are other factors that may affect the amount of bandwidth your district needs—cloud-based applications, storage, online assessments, etc.—having Here are three key funding sources that can help: The FCC’s federal E-rate program provides public schools and libraries with funding for Internet services.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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Connected Nation bases the analysis in its “Connect K-12 2020 Executive Summary” on FCC E-Rate application data for the 2020 federal fiscal year. The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. Early childhood” videos on YouTube nearly all have advertising.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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That means we shouldn’t just use edtech to replace worksheets, run “drill and kill” exercises, or crunch assessment performance numbers. Students have fewer barriers to learning when they can use their tablets or laptops not only to find homework instructions, read e-books, and share important information with their families, but to create and work on independent projects, research topics that interest them, and connect with subject experts.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

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Educators know that with springtime comes state assessments and testing—something that more and more states are mandating to be completed online. The FCC is helping schools make the necessary investments in their broadband infrastructure through December 2014’s Second E-rate Modernization order , which provides public school districts and libraries with new options for funding fiber special construction projects.

Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

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Students, teachers, and staff have 33 times the amount of bandwidth than before — that means students are using educational applications to enhance their learning, teachers are assessing and responding to student needs in real-time, and staff are communicating and efficiently managing the district better than ever before. Leveraged E-rate modernization, which allowed them to pay for the non-recurring costs of the upgrade over a four-year period.

How a New Hampshire Tech Director Convinced His School District to Upgrade to Fiber

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“When I learned that leasing dark fiber was a possibility for the school district, and that E-rate would support the construction and monthly charges, I immediately knew it was the way we needed to go.” In doing so, he learned about E-rate and its importance in funding a school district’s Internet access. ” To assess the costs and value of a fiber build for Goffstown, Gary spoke extensively with a range of vendors.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

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School districts have already seen some of these tools enter the educational space, with innovations such as AI-enabled teaching assistant programs and advanced data collection and analysis to improve student assessments. As K–12 schools continue their E-rate processes for 2019, districts should be considering what tools are worth investing in to provide their students with the best outcomes in the coming year. . What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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“More tech-based monitoring and assessment tools will be incorporated into to the instructional mix.” CIPA requires schools and libraries to install measures to protect children from obscene or harmful content in exchange for discounts offered by the E-rate program. In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year.

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Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

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Students, teachers, and staff have 33 times the amount of bandwidth than before — that means students are using educational applications to enhance their learning, teachers are assessing and responding to student needs in real-time, and staff are communicating and efficiently managing the district better than ever before. Leveraged E-rate modernization.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

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What led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access, and what motivates you most about your role as Director of Instructional Policy and State E-rate Coordinator at DESE? For example, some districts haven’t taken advantage of the E-rate program for technology discounts because they pay for connectivity through their municipality, and didn’t realize they could cost-out charges for those services.

3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative

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Using that information, administrators chose to integrate DreamBox , a software solution designed to help math teachers teach and assess students. After one year, students who participated in the program scored on average 97 percent higher on the STAR assessment than those who did not, according to a case study. In Illinois, Cicero Public School District 99 was able to utilize E-rate funding to provide individual Chromebooks to students as part of its one-to-one education program.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

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Go easy on the inspirational, aspirational statements; go deep on data to support the needs assessments and recommendations. Especially important is a strategy to align digital learning plans to participation in the E-rate program and any state programs designed to meet similar ends (including those beyond K-12 education that support broadband build out to universities, hospitals, libraries, or public safety institutions). The glasses have been raised.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

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To assess those filling current IT leadership roles, the survey also delved into the respondents’ professional backgrounds, education and years of experience. IT leaders say they use funds from the E-rate program and delay replacement or defer maintenance/upgrade contracts as a strategy to overcome budget issues. CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. meghan.bogardu…. Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:56.

How the Power of Tech Influenced a Superintendent to Upgrade Connectivity in Buellton

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” Dr. Haggard and EducationSuperHighway set off to plan how to upgrade the school district’s network for an affordable rate that would increase the current bandwidth. The California state team provided guidance on the E-rate RFP process and developed a Form 470 strategy. “We need to make sure there’s equal access [for] all kids. We have a pretty wide range of demographics.

Case Study: A “mega” school district negotiates a better deal

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Prince William’s Director of Information Technology Services, AJ Phillips, used Compare & Connect K-12 to see the kinds of broadband services that other large Virginia districts procured and to assess how their bandwidth pricing compared to that of other mega-districts. Utilizing EducationSuperHighway as a sounding board, AJ and her team created a strong E-rate Form 470, strengthening their positioning for service provider bids.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

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Schools should assess where the gaps in their infrastructure lie and research by consulting industry experts to find solutions , not try to come up with in-house ‘innovations’ that can be out of line with real industry trends,” advises Medhi Paryavi, chairman of the International Data Center Authority (IDCA). Technology is in constant flux and data centers must evolve at the same rate. How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:12.

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Case Study: A “mega” school district negotiates a better deal

Education Superhighway

Prince William’s Director of Information Technology Services, AJ Phillips, used Compare & Connect K-12 to see the kinds of broadband services that other large Virginia districts procured and to assess how their bandwidth pricing compared to that of other mega-districts. Utilizing EducationSuperHighway as a sounding board, AJ and her team created a strong E-rate Form 470, strengthening their positioning for service provider bids.

Penn State Holds Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology

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” Asking writing teachers to work with students without directly assessing their writing is like asking a coach to try to develop their players by telling them the score of the game, but not letting them observe any of the action. But new state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) show that policymakers are using a broader set of measures to assess school quality. Penn State holds symposium for teaching and learning with technology.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

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Although the E-rate program provides substantial financial support, there is sometimes still a “gap” in funding that cannot be covered using the district’s existing budget. Dark fiber is a particularly cost-effective option for districts with high bandwidth demand and growth rates because it lets you expand capacity significantly by upgrading low-cost electronics without any change to the monthly fee.

New Year, New Look for Our Scope and Sequence

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Give Assessment: Follow up with the interactive unit-level assessment. Students can take the assessment and then share their table of results with you -- an easy way to document your efforts in regards to E-rate funding. You might have noticed the new look and feel for our Digital Citizenship curriculum interactive Scope & Sequence. Don’t worry -- we haven’t changed the number or order of the lessons.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership to connect every classroom in the state to high-speed Internet

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In the coming weeks, EducationSuperHighway will work directly with school districts and other stakeholders to assess current broadband status across Montana. According to our preliminary analysis of FCC E-rate data, up to 160 Montana schools could benefit by upgrading to fiber optic Internet connections, opening up the opportunity to implement digital learning tools in classrooms across the state. September 14, 2015.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

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Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Program Assessment: Enhancing Education Through Technology (Rating: Not Performing, Results Not Demonstrated ) (undated, but stopped being maintained after the Bush administration). On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

How to Address Digital Equity

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Supported by the 2014 modernization of the federal government’s E-Rate program and state funding efforts, a majority of schools now meet the FCC’s short term connectivity goal of 100 Mbps/1000 students. Assess Existing Community Resources, Gaps and Needs 3. The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity.