Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. In it, education leaders advocate strongly for policymakers to increase broadband internet access in support of student learning. We especially loved this quote from Marion: “Broadband is like air — you can’t see it, but you know when it’s missing.”

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 But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learningbroadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System). I prefer to call the ones that have evolved Online Learning Environments (OLEs).

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98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. In 2017, EducationSuperHighway’s annual “State of the States” report declared 94 percent of U.S.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. The report, which calls the matter an issue of “civil rights,” indicated that 75 percent of school district leaders have no data on their students’ Internet access outside of school, while 70 percent of teachers nationally report assigning homework that requires access.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

Edsurge

Clearly, remote learning is here to stay, at least for the next few months. In recognition of that reality, a new report has outlined “10 ways to make online learning work,” covering a range of best practices. The report also includes a foreword co-written by five former U.S.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. Their students have internet connections at home, laptops they can work from, teachers who know how to design online lessons and a strong foundation of in-school blended learning experience. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of Learning.

Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

EdTech Magazine

With 81 percent of superintendents reporting that improving the academic performance of underprepared students is their biggest challenge , finding ways to bring in more qualified teachers is a priority. Using videoconferencing systems, cloud-based collaboration learning platforms and satellite-based broadband communications , district leaders have given students access to better teachers and more diverse classes, EdTech reports.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. In 2013, before a massive federal push to fund and support school internet upgrades, just 19 percent of public districts in the United States reported that all their schools had a speedy internet connection, according to a new report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit membership organization for school technology professionals. Is technology necessary to personalize learning?

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

The Hechinger Report

. Nearly nine out of 10 school districts meet the federal government’s minimum standard for internet connectivity – a significant increase from 2013, when only 30 percent met that level, according to a report released Tuesday by a California-based nonprofit organization. The report was produced by EducationSuperHighway , a small nonprofit that works with schools to help them improve their choices about increasing high-speed internet access. The report breaks down progress by state.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. While it’s still early on, Middletown can envision a learning environment in which all students can develop grade-level skills before they are even cognizant of the interventions helping them do so.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. While it’s still early on, Middletown can envision a learning environment in which all students can develop grade-level skills before they are even cognizant of the interventions helping them do so.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom. We spoke with her about the challenges and triumphs she’s seen in advocating for broadband access across the state for the second installment in our new Broadband Leaders series. .

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

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me. I’m having some trust issues and just need some space.

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

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me. I’m having some trust issues and just need some space.

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Getting schooled in social media

The Hechinger Report

Sharing student learning with frazzled parents was also the motivation behind the social-media app Seesaw , launched in 2015. Of course, keeping up with social media isn’t easy for parents without broadband Internet at home, which includes nearly a third of households with school-aged children and incomes below $50,000, according to the Pew Research Center. Read more about Blended Learning.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Although personalized learning is gaining momentum around the country, investment opportunities and school systems leading the charge have largely been concentrated in urban communities. More flexible learning environments also entails a shift in staffing and the role of educators.

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

Doug Levin

” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. 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.

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“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Jessica Huseman for The Hechinger Report. Technology has become a vital component of teaching and learning, and it is considered a classroom requirement to adequately prepare students for life after graduation. Efforts by the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to publicize how much districts pay for broadband have allowed many school systems to negotiate bandwidth deals to get greater capacity for a fraction of the cost. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Blended Learning is the combination of face to face and online instruction. At the 2010 Virtual School Symposium sponsored by iNACOL it was clear that blended instruction is quickly becoming a viable instructional option as many states adopt seat-waver initiatives. As broadband service become increasingly common there is no reason for physical media such as DVD''s and CD''s. Both Apple and Android report strong sales/downloads of applications to mobile devices.

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” “Three months after the former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault, he was released on Friday,” NPR reports. – are the latest to have incurred the wrath of state education officials, who blame them for problems that played out on their states’ exams,” Education Week reports.

What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech

Hack Education

The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the latest NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education. I have written quite a bit about the problems (as I see them) with the Horizon Report, most recently in a talk I gave last fall at VCU: “ The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release.” It seems like a missed opportunity to be touting “the future of ed-tech” in a report that is designed for the printer.).

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Looking at There.com

Nik Peachey

You could ask them to visit various places and take photographs (Using the camera tools), then produce an illustrated report or narrate a story. Here's a guide on how to create machinima in There.com Organise a hover-boarding tournament for your students Take a series of pictures and get the students to create a story around them Really though I think for these environments to work well for language learning you need to use them with distance learners or within a blended learning context.

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

MindShift

Computational thinking is intimately related to computer coding, which every kid in South Fayette starts learning in first grade. For instance, one class of second-graders recently learned how to use simple circuits to make a game in which the correct answer to a double-digit math problem would light up a little bulb. It was spring, and the kids were learning about the life cycle of a butterfly in their regular classroom. Read more about Blended Learning

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. Second, it’s governed by high expectations and high standards, grounded in the belief that all children can (and do) learn regardless of who they are or where they live. The focus should be on what they are learning and how well they learn it. Further, it requires high expectations and high standards from teachers, administrators, students, parents and anyone else who touches the learning community.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

They have to learn early.”. Related: Blue-collar town leads Rhode Island’s tech-assisted learning revolution. Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

The Hechinger Report

A critical difference between the two types of choice is the vastly greater number of options associated with course-based choice, of which so-called personalized learning and blended learning are subsets. Nowadays, with almost all American schools connected to broadband internet service, the communications obstacle to course-based choice has largely been overcome. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.