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.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S.

HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

EdTech Magazine

By Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility. Access Points Classroom Digital Citizenship Digital Content Internet Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Comcast Updates Internet Essentials Connections, Learning Center

techlearning

Comcast today announced it has now connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, a broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S. Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!

Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

Emerging Technologies in Education

Google recently announced , It’s next-generation gaming platform. monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. At this point you may ask; “What makes Google’s announcement so special?” For beginners, Google service launches with over 10 Tflops of graphics performance. The service is hosted on Google’s high bandwidth, low latency global network.

What happens when student hackers shut down a district’s internet?

eSchool News

That instantly created problems in the classroom, where teachers relied on Google Apps for Education tools like Google Classroom for instruction. “It’s Teachers had to scrap their plans for the day—because those plans were in Google—and go to Plan B.”.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. . K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

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. . EDTECH: Google really dominates the top of this list.

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Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming. She’s been doing Google Hangouts with us online, which is super convenient,” Tozier said.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. 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.

“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

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

There are some workaround solutions for those students without home Internet: They can download content onto their laptop’s hard drives, or in the case of Chromebooks and their minimal hard drive space, work offline in Google Drive or load the materials onto a USB flash drive.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Tagged on: April 8, 2017 Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data | Google Research → Fascinating and promising approach.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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

Edsurge

Exposure may be one factor: A Google-sponsored Gallup report ( PDF ) that found that female students are less aware of online and local opportunities to learn computer science. 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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Tagged on: April 8, 2017 Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data | Google Research → Fascinating and promising approach.

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Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

When students at Woodman School, on the western edge of Montana, are working on research projects in class, they don’t have the option to start their search with Google. Imagine how many customers a company could get running 10 miles of fiber somewhere else.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Without Net Neutrality , How Would Internet Companies Treat K–12 Districts?” Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school company that has been battling Ohio for quite some time now.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” For Online College Programs, Google Is Kingmaker.” The company offers “virtual science labs” and has raised $13.67

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ 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. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

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

Doug Levin

But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." 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.

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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.) Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” From Fast Company : “Amazon’s HQ2 could eliminate 1,500 affordable housing units in NYC.”

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

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. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” These companies almost all share the same investors too.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (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.” ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.).

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. (National) Education Politics.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM ( www.internetessentials.com/apply ) Comcast announced it has now connected over six million Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, a comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” Via The Verge : “James Damore sues Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men.” ” 69% of Google’s employees are men. awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” No Alexa or Google voice assistant.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” Via Wired : “Ex- Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing For Criticizing James Damore ’s Memo.” ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. ” Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business.

Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

techlearning

Or Google’s Alexa? Today, things are so advanced that there is unlimited growth potential with AI companies designed to support business like yours. In essence, AI is something that can be packaged up and purchased on a monthly basis, like your broadband or phone.

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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. Via The New York Times : “Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. Google ’s chairman Eric Schmidt praises Trump. ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). ” Via The Verge : “ Google Glass gets its first update in nearly three years.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Google and Udacity Offering 5,000 Scholarships for Nanodegree Programs.” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.”

5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the second of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five companies to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 201 Reverse Instruction is an innovative instructional strategy that was originally used by chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jon Bergman. Microsoft announced the deployment of Office Web Apps as a competitor to Google Apps.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” ” Reminder: here are the education companies Palantir founder Peter Thiel has invested in. Via Edsurge : “What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘ Talent Strategy ’ Push By Companies.” Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage this week, knocking many education companies who use AWS offline. The student loan company has raised $1.88 Education Politics.

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