How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.


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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. We can flip the classroom.

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. million more students to next-generation broadband and, 21,600 more schools to fiber infrastructure. “Despite the incredible success bringing high-speed broadband to our classrooms, we can’t stop here.

The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

households lack what has become a basic need, according to a new report by EducationSuperHighway, an education nonprofit that in 2019 helped to almost eliminate the internet connectivity gap in classrooms across the country. to tackle the broadband affordability gap.

Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

As the district prepares to reopen for full in-person learning on August 30, teachers are attending training sessions and figuring out just what role technology will play in their classrooms. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

A team of fifth grade teachers at an elementary school invited Muri, the superintendent of Ector County Independent School District in West Texas, to participate in an online scavenger hunt they had designed for students.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, states and school districts are wrestling with decisions about when, how and whether school will take place inside brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Some families don’t want to go back to in-person school. Here’s how one S.C. district is dealing with this demand

The Hechinger Report

If this small district, despite all the challenges, can find a way to keep students engaged outside the four walls of a classroom, it may shine a light on how other districts can make virtual schools work as well. I don’t have to decorate my classroom,” she laughed.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. Students with the internet at home could access online learning activities offered by the district or participate in virtual classrooms, while packets were provided for children without the ability to log on.

Rural schools have a teacher shortage. Why don’t people who live there, teach there?

The Hechinger Report

This school year, with the pandemic making it even harder to import teachers from elsewhere, education leaders in the state issued the highest number of emergency waivers — 122 — for unlicensed teachers to work in classrooms since at least 2005.

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

As winter bears down on most of America and Covid-19 again surges out of control, pundits and parents alike are wondering when our nation’s 50 million schoolchildren will return to classrooms.

How the local public library helped one school district cope with Covid

The Hechinger Report

In Port Orford, Oregon, it’s a quick walk from the elementary and middle school building to the town library—the two buildings are right down the street from each other. After using tape to map out every classroom in seven-by-five-foot blocks, the staff put a desk in each space.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

In Utah, the Murray City School District had been slowly developing a broadband network for students for two years when funding from the CARES Act helped the district speed up the rollout. Louis, a seventh-grade language arts teacher adapted her own classroom check-ins.

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

Previously, if teachers were worried about a student, they could ask school mental health professionals to come into a classroom to observe. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School Future of Learning News Charters Mental health and trauma Social emotional

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

eSchool News

In 2015, nearly 80 percent of surveyed elementary students reported using a tablet regularly compared with 66 percent in 2014. Similar to elementary students, the survey saw only an 8 percent increase in smartphone use for middle school students from 2014 to 2015 (from 58 percent to 66 percent). Schools are responding to students’ enthusiasm for mobile learning by integrating the devices into the classroom,” said Alfred Binford, managing director, Pearson North America.

Climate change threatens America’s ragged school infrastructure

The Hechinger Report

Casagranda said in one classroom at Seward High School there’s a “huge leak in the ceiling panel.” The compromise does provide for electrifying school buses, lead pipe removal and expanded broadband access.

A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Residents of rural areas are less likely to have access to broadband at home than those living in larger cities. The district is using space on five of its campuses so that each classroom hosts fewer than 10 children.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. The activity falls short, but not because of an inherent problem with the program or its application in the classroom. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”.

How Can We Close the Digital Learning Gap This School Year?

Digital Promise

My daughter is entering her third year of college, and I have three sons in elementary schools; my youngest starts first grade in a few weeks. In the last week, I have spoken with many school superintendents and school leaders, each of them navigating the complexities of the new school year.

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

Education Superhighway

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced today his commitment to connect every K-12 classroom in the state to high-speed Internet in order to support digital learning and equal opportunities for all Montana students. The Office of the Governor and the Montana Office of Public Instruction have partnered with EducationSuperHighway to bring high-speed broadband to every school in Montana. We simply cannot continue operating with 500 elementary students sharing 100 Mbps of bandwidth.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

These rural districts face the four significant challenges: broadband access, funding, people, and understanding the “why.” Broadband access has become more critical in the last year and a half than ever before.

The Pandemic Closed Our Doors But Opened Our Minds: Why My School District Will Not Return to ‘Normal’


The traditional classroom setting expanded to hallways or other open areas to allow for distancing. Hand sanitizer and masks joined the ranks of notebooks and pencils as common supplies found in classrooms.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA. Being a co-teacher in Google Classroom has allowed me to keep that connection with students, as their math specialist.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

According to the latest survey data from the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults have broadband internet at home. If entire K-12 districts move online, what can schools expect of early elementary schoolers?

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

Education Superhighway

With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. Deming Public Schools struggled to connect one school that lacked access to high-speed broadband. Learn more about our Broadband Upgrade Consulting Program.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. The broadband itself was sufficient for the number of devices they had now, but what if they wanted to use more devices? The district upgraded its secondary schools first and then moved to the elementary schools.

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


The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted. 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. Commissioner O’Reilly shared his belief that a good teacher and a textbook are all that classrooms need and that technology is no replacement.

“Our Kids Are Worth It”: How A Florida District Amplified its Digital Learning Opportunities

Education Superhighway

Russell Cheatham and Mr. Tom Fitzgerald, respectively the CIO and IT Director of Brevard County Public Schools, have both seen first-hand how dramatically classroom technology needs have evolved over the years. In years past, particularly in the district’s elementary schools, Wireless Access Points (WAPs) couldn’t support the rapidly growing number of devices in every classroom; only 12 students could get online at one time.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. Thursday, June 12th at 10:30am in Madison, WI GLS 10 Conference - Games in the Classroom , A panel discussion on surveys about games and learning: what surveys can and can''t tell us about this topic, what we learned via survey data, and implications for practice. Conversations Classroom 2.0

Seeking asylum in a time of Covid

The Hechinger Report

In January, Rosa Bermudez brought home a colorful worksheet from Stansbury Elementary School, meant to guide her “power plan” for a safe, healthy relationship to technology. Joaquín, who has aged out of elementary school, was redirected to a different campus that was too far away.)

2021:Year in pictures

The Hechinger Report

The first year of the Covid-19 pandemic was devastating: classrooms emptied, dorms shuttered, livelihoods shattered, millions of lives lost. Berta Romero is a counselor for English learners at Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary school in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

When asked about the hurdles that happened due to schools closing on March 13th, 2020, all four presenters agreed that broadband, not devices, challenged their districts to provide equitable access to learning no matter their districts’ geographic location or demographics. By Eileen Belastock.