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. Washington State, for example, created an Office of Integrated Student Support.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

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. That’s why, for example, 92.9

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

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage. Cox Communications is one example.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective


Only 60 percent of these families had access to computers or broadband internet at home. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. Jennifer is in sixth grade. She has her own computer, educational software and high-speed internet.

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7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Last year, I wrote the post, “ Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? In this Lifeline Modernization Order , the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program for those in need.

eSchool News launches eSchool News IT Solutions: Hardware and Management Guide

eSchool News

We put a spotlight on examples of how real IT leaders make innovation a priority for their district, and we examine priorities such as content accessibility, broadband access, and supporting UDL. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

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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. 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.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

The method to achieve uninhibited access means that broadband Internet access providers are not allowed to block, impair, or establish fast/slow lanes to lawful content. Background: What is it?

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’


boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference. But a holistic approach to the problem could significantly reduce the number of students living without broadband access at home, she added. While most schools in the U.S.

Is Your School District Eligible for State Matching Funds?

Education Superhighway

Since its inception, E-rate has been instrumental in making K-12 broadband more affordable and accessible than ever. ” These charges are the design, engineering, project management, and construction costs related to the building of new broadband infrastructure.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

The method to achieve uninhibited access means that broadband Internet access providers are not allowed to block, impair, or establish fast/slow lanes to lawful content. Background: What is it?

Teaching Strategies Buys ReadyRosie to Reach Parents and Children With Video Lessons


The Denton, Texas-based company is also growing up itself. ReadyRosie founder and CEO Emily Roden says helping children by engaging their parents has helped her company grow to serve 6,500 Head Start programs, childcare centers and elementary schools.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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.

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.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

The method to achieve uninhibited access means that broadband Internet access providers are not allowed to block, impair, or establish fast/slow lanes to lawful content. Background: What is it?

Campus vs. Online: Where is the future of education located?


This diversity is driven by: advancements in online learning system design, rapid roll-out of broadband world-wide, the changing dynamics of the labor market and. Graduates can go on to six-figure salaries in highly profile positions at sought after software companies.

Low Tech? No Problem. Here are 3 Alternative Ways to Help Distance Learning Happen.


For example, a philosophy professor at University of Notre Dame designed an introductory course that draws on “ interactive digital essays ” published on mobile-friendly web pages attached to the online syllabus, reports Inside Higher Ed. For example, from 9 a.m.

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. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

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


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. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises? Take Adobe , for example.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. When flipping the classroom , for example, students gain knowledge away from the classroom through video, text selections, podcasts, etc.,

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

Lear(R)n , the company behind the digital LearnPlatform, has recently released its second annual EdTech Top 40 list , which includes everything from assessment tools to operational platforms. . Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools.

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


Anytime you implement a new system you are going to have challenges,” says Radha Sekar, the CEO of the Universal Service Administrative Company, or USAC, which built the EPC portal and administers the E-rate program for the FCC. Even more troublesome than the delays are flat-out denials, says Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that advocates for improved broadband in schools. It’s a lack of understanding of broadband systems that’s creating these problems.”

“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

Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors


But through learning how to code, she believes that experience offers an even more important lesson to today’s education and technology companies: don’t forget about senior citizens. And while there’s a growing industry around serving adult learners in higher education, companies largely neglect to consider the needs of the elderly. What could education technology companies do to better support senior citizens? “Lifelong learning” may be the latest buzzword in education.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully


In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact. At a recent panel I moderated alongside Amy Klement of Omidyar Network, Tory Patterson of Owl Ventures, Jennifer Lee of Learn Capital and Esteban Sosnik of Reach Capital we discussed some common themes when it comes to successful companies that drive impactful education outcomes at scale.

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. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska


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. In his letter to the FCC, Fansler highlights Nome Public Schools as an example of exorbitant prices that schools can bear if costs for unchecked and are uncompetitive.

Learning As We Go: Looking Back on the EdSurge 2016 ‘State of Edtech’ Report


Check out what your local school pays for broadband here. Part Two: The Funding Figuring out how to fund the development of education technology continued to be complex: Investors in US edtech startups hit a high-water mark in 2015 with US companies raising $1.45 Those levels are affected by many factors, including overall confidence in the economy and the maturity of companies. (In In 2015, for instance, the bulk of the funding went to later stage companies.)

"Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th - Session Detail Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Property maps, 311 data, school quality information and census statistics - all of these are examples of open data that give people the tools they need to learn and advocate for their causes.

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


Wyoming is unique in its commitment to working with new innovations and America's leading technology companies," said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. RealNetworks® and the company's respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of RealNetworks, Inc.

Seven Distance Learning Priorities to Consider Before Reopening Schools


When schools first closed, broadband companies offered free or discounted internet for low-income families of students, but restrictions — such as no overdue bills in the past or residential documentation — are still getting in the way of helping kids get the internet they need to learn.

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


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. Parents, for example, are being pitched the Echo Dot Kids Edition.