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

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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.

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

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The same point can be made for the athlete who is whisked off to a game or swim meet right after school and is unable to do her homework on the bus or while sitting in the bleachers. For now, the district lends out to students (10) 4G-enabled Chromebooks that were donated by OpenRoom.

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

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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. That’s why district leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative.

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

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With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

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The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. Families must meet other criteria as well, such as no outstanding bills or existing Internet service. 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.

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

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Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

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

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Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

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After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. The program uses school resources to purchase Google Chromebooks for students in rural areas (as the name implies) and couples that with a blended learning strategy in the classroom.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

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Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report. Districts having success in this area are committed to meeting families where they are.

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Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

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

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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.

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

Doug Levin

The money is used to buy SMART boards, Chromebook carts, iPad carts and replace old desktop computers. Tagged on: September 22, 2017 Open Educational Resources | Babson Survey Research Group → Over three-quarters of K-12 districts have made at least one full-course curricula adoption decision over the past three years, with the need to meet changing standards driving most of these decisions, according to the results of a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG).

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

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The money is used to buy SMART boards, Chromebook carts, iPad carts and replace old desktop computers. Tagged on: September 22, 2017 Open Educational Resources | Babson Survey Research Group → Over three-quarters of K-12 districts have made at least one full-course curricula adoption decision over the past three years, with the need to meet changing standards driving most of these decisions, according to the results of a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG).

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

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million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project. He anticipates needing to purchase around 2,000 to meet that goal. government, yet 92 percent of its most popular sites fail to meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness, or accessibility.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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Extra money has allowed these wealthier districts to invest heavily in Chromebooks and iPads, state-of-the-art robotics programs, computerized blackboards, and high-end 3-D printers. The district held a town hall meeting by phone; 12,000 people listened in.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Buzzfeed : “Republican Proposal Would Make Trump University Lawsuits ‘Almost Impossible’ ” Via The Washington Post : “ Chance the Rapper is meeting with Illinois ’ governor about education funding. Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” Luster lost to Chromebooks, apparently. Education Politics. President Trump gave a not-the-State-of-the-Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Via Techcrunch : “As Chromebook sales soar in schools, Apple and Microsoft fight back.” Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.”