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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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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. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

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It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program.

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Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program. Ancillary E-Rate News

7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

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For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

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After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

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But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S. Early in his tenure, Pai revoked an Obama-era progress report praising E-Rate modernization.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. Why is it that data is collected? Where exactly does the data come from? Data Collection.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

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The offer, announced by Sprint and its foundation, also includes 3 gigabytes per month of high-speed LTE data, and then unlimited data at 2 GB speed after that. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that with transparency in broadband speeds and pricing, school districts are empowered to grow their technology programs. However, transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate. “Transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate.”

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. However, transparent data is most powerful when it’s accurate.

How EducationSuperHighway and Service Providers Collaborate

Education Superhighway

Participates in the E-rate competitive bidding process. While we do provide guidance about E-rate filing strategies through our website, webinars, and other avenues, we do not directly apply to provide services to districts.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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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. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

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million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

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“If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says. In December, the district won a $15,000 grant from Cellcom, a local cellphone company. The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. GCI, a broadband provider in the state, is slated for purchase by Colorado-based Liberty Interactive in a deal that could amount to nearly $1 billion. Before e-rates, schools in the region are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for state-mandated broadband internet access,” the Alaska Democrat wrote.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. According to our data, however, nearly 12% of U.S.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Monthly broadband fees. Over the last five years, the cost of school broadband has decreased by 85%. Although the E-rate program provides substantial financial support, there is sometimes still a “gap” in funding that cannot be covered using the district’s existing budget.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Even without social security numbers, student and staff data have monetary value for spammers and marketers. Rather than go to the trouble of reselling data, some hackers find it more lucrative to hold a district’s data to ransom. Hackers simply lock users out of their own data until a ransom is paid. Concerns about ownership of data: “I don’t want to risk the vendor going out of business or changing its hosting agreement that holds our data to ransom.”.

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

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But it's great to be able to do that because I've been covering online charters in various capacities going back almost six years and, from the beginning, kind of had the sense of, “We know that there's data out there that would show how often students are actually engaging in the schools and taking part in the learning.” And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Increasingly, that means broadband.

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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Gabe Soumakian: With E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and more taking place at once, what are you looking at in terms of changes to the way you’re funding technology these days? Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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

The Hechinger Report

When administrators in Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools were buying MacBooks during the 2015-16 school year, the local Best Buy was offering a lower price than Apple, even after the company’s standard discount for school districts. The company eventually agreed. “No

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

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" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

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In a sneak peek of the results from the forthcoming CoSN third annual E-Rate & Broadband Survey, which will be available by mid-October, the vast majority of U.S. Grundy Center Community Schools in Iowa is a great example of a district that has visualized its data around home infrastructure and access. Step 5: Take advantage of special broadband offerings. These programs typically are available to low-income families (for example, broadband for $9.95

Hack Education Weekly News

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Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Privacy overlaps with “personalization,” and surveillance overlaps with data collection and analytics and algorithmic decision-making. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector.

Education's Online Futures

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No doubt, Udacity, Coursera, and edX have been moving away from “free” and “open” online education for a while now , charging fees for courses and certificates and acting much more like online program management companies – third party vendors for Internet-based courses and degree programs. For its part, Udacity has fully rebranded itself as a high-tech job training company, a topic I’ll cover in more detail in a forthcoming article in this series.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” “The Education Department is unlikely to be eliminated, particularly by a bill that declines to specify who or what would take over its $68 billion annual budget and the functions of data collection, oversight, civil rights enforcement and student aid, among others.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. ” “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. The company has raised $420 million total.