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Streamlining the E-Rate 2.0 Application Process

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Recent changes to E-Rate help to speed your school’s review process. Classroom Digital Content Funding Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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.

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How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff E-Rate changes help ensure schools can spend funds effectively. Classroom Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. It didn’t cover every classroom, and it used the 802.11n specification. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We E-rate , which helps schools and libraries obtain affordable high-speed internet access , last underwent big change in 2014.

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. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

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

Edsurge

The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. And today, the organization that helped Hering’s district reach its bandwidth goals released Compare & Connect K-12 , a new free tool that CEO Evan Marwell says will help provide high-speed broadband at lower costs for school leaders looking to amp up students’ digital access. “We They turned to E-rate, the $3.9

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

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. Be sure to consider the alignment of your strategy and expectations to the broadband internet infrastructure needed to support it. The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. There is no quick fix to addressing accessibility and broadband internet access is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Technology Education Educational Technology Educational Resources Ed Tech EdTech PEW broadband digital divide

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). 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. Tagged on: March 8, 2017 Nevada bill puts cameras in all special education classrooms | Reno-Gazette Journal → A bill proposed by state Sen. Blog EdTech News News news

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

Edsurge

In rural districts, children and youth face profound obstacles—geographic isolation and long bus rides to school, frustratingly slow internet connections, limited course options, and low college-going rates. More flexible learning environments—including technology-based ones—can expand learning options for rural students beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Benjamin Herold: One of the biggest, almost invisible federal funding streams for schools and libraries is the E-rate program.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via Ozy.com : “How High Schools Are Demolishing the Classroom.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates.