5 Reasons Why Chromebooks in the Classroom Benefits Students


As of 2019, 85 percent of schools and school districts across the United States have a Chromebook program in place. Perhaps you see this happening in your own school, but let’s dive into how Chromebooks in the classroom can benefit students. There are many educational benefits a Chromebook can deliver to students and schools. Mobile Broadband 1 to 1 Chromebooks

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts

EdTech Magazine

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts. During the past school year, IT officials at Wachusett Regional High School in Massachusetts began what would later become a one-to-one Chromebook rollout, deploying five technology carts holding 25 laptops each. . Then the school began to run up against its 200-megabit-per-second broadband limit. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:27.


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Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report


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.”

Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending


Gamino, New York City’s Chief Technology Officer, in an interview with EdSurge earlier this month, noting his office’s desire to close the “homework gap” caused by lack of broadband connection in homes. “The baseline, fundamental technology barrier is just being connected,” said Miguel A. without any semblance of strategic planning or budgeting, we’ve ended up with hundreds of millions of dollars spent on service that our schools say doesn’t serve them well.

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. percent of American households with school-age children currently have broadband access at home. This is approximately 9 percentage points higher than the broadband adoption rates across all households, CoSN reports, but there are still 5 million households with school-age children which lack broadband in the home.

Google Workspace for Education (and other updates you need to know!) – SULS099

Shake Up Learning

We have updates to Google Classroom, Google Meet, Chromebooks, and even Google Forms! Improved performance on Chromebooks : Google has also made significant improvements to the performance of Meet on Chromebooks. Chromebook Updates.

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

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Eight in 10 surveyed high school students own a smartphone, and those same students are almost eight times a likely to prefer laptops, notebooks and Chromebooks for learning (38 percent to 5 percent). High school students and college students prefer laptops, notebooks and Chromebooks,” said Liane Wardlow, Ph.D., Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

Free wi-fi project could level the playing field for students

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Students in grades six through 12 are allowed to take home laptops provided by the school department, and Chromebooks are now being distributed to students in grades three through five. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter McClatchy Networking & Broadband News best free future help internet internet access IT kids laptops lunch month school networks school wireless wireless wireless internet

When one-to-one goes wrong

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To overcome this problem, Schwab said districts need to put time and effort into training educators on how to effectively integrate the iPads, Chromebooks, or laptops into their instructional flow. We’re in the second year of a Chromebook rollout for our third through sixth graders,” said Schwab, “and it’s going smoothly because not only did we put the infrastructure in place, but we also ramped up support and did quite a bit of training.”.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

After they audited our systems and curriculum, we decided to expand our infrastructure and launch a sixth-grade Chromebook pilot.” The district used its own Chromebooks for this initiative, which was followed by a 10-grade pilot program with the same devices. For now, the district lends out to students (10) 4G-enabled Chromebooks that were donated by OpenRoom. We want to know that the Chromebooks have the same filters that we have here,” said Gibson.

Record and Upload Video with One Click: It’s Now Possible within Google Chrome


The upload technology was built with the variability of school broadband networks in mind. Video Tool android chrome os chromebook edtech update higher education K-12 teachers macos record upload windowsIn a world where recording and uploading a social network video, a 60-minute classroom video needs to be as easy to capture and upload as a 60-second Snap. Today we’re getting one step closer.

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3 educational technology tools to be thankful for

eSchool News

Chromebooks. With 1:1 initiatives increasingly being either considered or implemented across the US, school districts need an affordable and easy-to-use device for their students: enter, Chromebooks. Google is a familiar platform for most students, so it comes as no surprise that the Chromebook, which uses the Google Chrome browser, is the number one device of choice for more than 58 percent of U.S. Broadband improvements. The three Ts: Thanksgiving, turkey and tech.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide


Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We But even when they can get online, students of color and low-income families were more likely to share a single device.

How to make remote learning easily accessible

eSchool News

As a former technology coach for the district, Cogswell helped get the district up and running with a 1:1 technology program that gave every K-12 student a Chromebook to take home for learning.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

In 2017, the number of students who used their mobile devices for class (58 percent) was nearly equal to the number of students who received a Chromebook from their schools (56 percent) , according to ISTE. For more on how K–12 districts are improving broadband access in schools, check out States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts. 3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/05/2018 - 11:35.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Caine oversees the school’s Chromebooks. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

A 10th-grader enters her classroom, flips open her Chromebook and then settles into a quiet corner to work. . Modern classrooms are open and flexible and have writable surfaces, modular furniture, one-to-one devices, hands-on learning with makerspace activities and robust broadband connectivity. Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:22.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Tracy Smith, Parkland’s assistant to the superintendent for operations, spoke with EdTech about the district’s strategies and best practices for improving digital equity and shared her hopes for bringing broadband to every home in the Lehigh Valley region. . We’ve experimented with Microsoft Translator, which provides translation on the students’ Chromebooks when the teacher is talking. Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. keara.dowd_i47Z.

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

When Tulare City School District officials wanted to provide Google Chromebooks to every student, they knew the wireless network wasn’t up to the job. Instead of discounts for landlines, for instance, the Federal Communications Commission , which oversees E-rate, shifted its focus to high-speed broadband ( Category 1 funding ) and technology such as firewalls, routers, access points and cabling that bring connectivity to classrooms (Category 2).

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Intelligent, Connected PDUs Save Time and Money When Going 1:1

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 districts are successfully rolling out Chromebooks in their schools. The data center also needed to support a fiber ring with high-speed broadband to connect every service — telephone, data storage, applications, internet and email — among all the schools. Intelligent, Connected PDUs Save Time and Money When Going 1:1. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:25.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. Learning On-the-Go : Part of the federal E-rate program , Learning On-the-Go is a pilot program that helps schools fund wireless Internet connectivity for mobile learning devices such as tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops.

Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home

EdTech Magazine

For the past decade, bringing digital equity and broadband access to U.S. families with school-aged children — most of them low-income — lack broadband access at home, reports the Pew Research Center. If a school district is serious about implementing a one-to-one device program, officials have to take into account how many students will be able to use those Chromebooks or tablets once they get home. Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. David Andrade is a K–12 Strategy Specialist and Google Apps/Chromebooks specialist on the education strategy team for CDW·G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56.

COVID-19 Is Pushing School Tech Departments to Their Limits — and Then Some


When we went into shelter-in-place on March 17, we were clearing out Chromebook carts [not only] for students but also for our own employees. Langford said the district had discussed a one-to-one Chromebook plan for years and an evening technology help desk for students.

In Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools Struggle With Distanced Learning


Rural leaders have been lobbying Congress for a big public works project to build out broadband here, much like when the government paid to bring electricity to rural areas during another crisis, the Great Depression.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


From Winters Joint Unified School District in Northern California, the work of the 1:1 Chromebook take-home program was highlighted in its work of closing the homework gap. Commissioner Michael O’Reilly met personally with the group and spoke to his belief that schools are purchasing too much broadband and need to be monitored for wasteful spending. Authors Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez, Micah Studer, and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C.

Nonprofits, Schools Can Receive Free AT&T Wireless Internet Service, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for At-Risk K-12 Students

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In addition to free wireless internet access and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, some awardees may also receive a new or refurbished laptop, Chromebook, or tablet learning device (based on need and subject to availability).

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention


schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. With 99 percent of U.S.

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

Before heading out, they call families to see what supplies are needed, including supplies like papers, pencils and crayons, back-up Chromebook chargers or food and warm clothing for kids.

Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


households with less than $30,000 in income have broadband at home. In the United States, school closures in response to COVID-19 have been swift and sweeping. Since the beginning of March, 96 percent of K-12 schools have closed across the country, affecting virtually all of the 57.9

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

Some might not have a Chromebook or internet. Nearly 12 million students in 2017 didn’t have broadband internet in their homes , according to a federal report.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?


A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. Being connected, as is required to get iPads and Chromebooks up and running, is assumed. Chromebooks, Windows 10, and Apple (uh oh) The rise of Chromebooks will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the intense increase in popularity of the inexpensive notebooks in classrooms. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Since our nation’s beginning, the farm has been a foundation of American society , but too often rural communities do not have broadband access or don’t have access to the digital skills needed on today’s modern farms,” Snapp wrote in a blog post. “As Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:50.

Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing


Broadband penetration in K-12 schools reached over 98 percent , while low-cost computing devices like Chromebooks have proliferated in classrooms.

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A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Chromebooks will also be distributed to children who need them. Residents of rural areas are less likely to have access to broadband at home than those living in larger cities.