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Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students

The Christensen Institute

In the meantime, everyone from local schools and major telecom companies to late-night hosts are trying to step in to improve students’ access to digital infrastructure. From broadband to broad supports.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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.

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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. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. Related: Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

techlearning

JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

According to data compiled by Quartz, the percentage of females enrolled in the discipline has actually declined, from nearly 40 percent in the 1980s to under 20 percent today. Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

And in an age in which medicines can be personalized to one’s genetic code, technology can help teachers meet the unique needs of every child. Andre Perry Columnists Higher Ed K-12 Opinion Data and research online learning Personalized Learning

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

edWeb.net

Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. Schools and districts need to have a system that collects data on all programs being used so that leadership can get a clearer picture of what’s happening in the classroom.

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

The Hechinger Report

And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. According to an April 2018 Department of Education report, 18 percent of 5- to 17-year old students in “remote rural” districts have no broadband access at home.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

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. Families must meet other criteria as well, such as no outstanding bills or existing Internet service. Several other companies are working to do the same in their region, either through grants and partnerships with schools or low-cost plans for families.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

To achieve equity and resume coursework for students, Dr. Adams told MIND that Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) began with a district-wide survey to determine each family’s need for computers or a wired home broadband connection.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Monthly broadband fees. Over the last five years, the cost of school broadband has decreased by 85%. Both the ISP and WAN connections are usually purchased from a service provider like an area telephone or cable company.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Thirty-four elementary schools are contributing data to the district’s Project Daffodil, examining relationships between weather and plants.

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CatchOn Wins Second Consecutive Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Award

techlearning

a software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards. CatchOn joined the ENA family of companies in June 2018 in a move to enhance ENA’s mission to support education institutions.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

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

Edsurge

Originally developed to help streamline the process, applicants charge the EPC system with losing completed applications due to glitches, being confusing to navigate and making it tough to input and sort relevant data, according to a recent anonymous survey of applicants conducted by E-rate consulting firm Funds For Learning. This year, there were 347 such requests—for about $440 million in new broadband construction—and only a small fraction have received responses so far.

Seven Distance Learning Priorities to Consider Before Reopening Schools

MindShift

She speaks regularly at SLA’s EduCon conference about how to change schools to meet students’ needs. And some of the data packages offered to low-income families can’t support multiple family members online at the same time. . When U.S.

“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

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. Fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can scale cost-effectively to meet growing bandwidth needs.

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

Edsurge

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. The Universal Service Funds refer to the telecom fees collected by USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, that pay for E-Rate. Additionally, broadband cost per megabit is dropping across the board, and schools are receiving more bids from telecom providers, making pricing more competitive.

RealNetworks Provides SAFR Facial Recognition Solution for Free to Every K-12 School in the U.S. and Canada

techlearning

SAFR encrypts all facial data and images to ensure privacy, and all facial data and images remain exclusively within the school's domain as part of, or complementary to an existing school ID system. SEATTLE, July 17, 2018 -- RealNetworks, Inc.

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

Edsurge

However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode. It should also be supported by data and demonstrable behaviors. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

First, according to the Schools and Libraries department in the Universal Services Administrative Company, which administers the E-rate, those interested in E-rate funding should determine their eligibility. This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

First, according to the Schools and Libraries department in the Universal Services Administrative Company, which administers the E-rate, those interested in E-rate funding should determine their eligibility. This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

The report notes that navigating the procurement process is cited as one of the primary challenges for states and districts, and one that proves even more challenging to the companies that want to sell digital instructional materials to them.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Fortunately, districts appear to be meeting these challenges head-on, as evidenced by a recent panel discussion for administrators and tech directors in Dallas, hosted by the IT products vendor PCMG , called “Preparing the Next Generation of Personalized Learners in the Digital Age.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) There’s more data about online education down in the “research” section at the bottom. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.” The learn-to-code company has raised $2.6

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

Edsurge

million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. The overall outlook in the 2017 State of the States report appears rosy: 94 percent of school districts meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum connectivity standards, and 88 percent of schools self-report that they have sufficient Wi-Fi in their classrooms.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. ” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. Education Politics.

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

Doug Levin

" 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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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

But even without knowing the funding data for the month of December, I can say a lot. Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. And when they do, the data is often a mess.).

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

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

Hack Education

” Via The New York Times : “ Kushner ’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings.” ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.”

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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.