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

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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.

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

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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.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

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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

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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. These companies have committed money, mentors and other resources to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities. And I want to run a video game company.”.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

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Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. Seen as a way to give institutions more tools for meeting connectivity demands, these “smart fiber” options are already being used by schools nationwide.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

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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.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

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The same point can be made for the athlete who is whisked off to a game or swim meet right after school and is unable to do her homework on the bus or while sitting in the bleachers.

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

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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.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

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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.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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In this still from a Byju's provided video, about 20,000 students pack the country's largest indoor arena for a math lesson from the company's CEO in 2013. These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself.

A Bootcamp Down Under: Trilogy Education Extends University Tech Training Globally

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As technology companies from Google to Salesforce plant roots in Australia, government and business leaders down under are trying to figure out ways to train students and workers to keep up with a changing workforce. company thinks it can help prepare the country’s future programmers. Melbourne city officials also launched a Startup Action Plan in 2017, with the goals of drawing more tech companies to the region and luring local students with the opportunities that would follow.

Is Your School District Eligible for State Matching Funds?

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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.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

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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.

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

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With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. 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. .

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

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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. Related: Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed.

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

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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.

Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

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Located on a large island in the middle of the Columbia River, Sauvie Island Academy faced several roadblocks to obtaining sufficient broadband speeds. Understand the Broadband Landscape.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

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These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education.

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

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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.

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

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CatchOn joined the ENA family of companies in June 2018 in a move to enhance ENA’s mission to support education institutions. We are delighted to add CatchOn to our extensive portfolio of services designed to meet the unique requirements of today’s school districts.” “It’s

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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. 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.

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

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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.”

The future includes good (human) teachers

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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. A man watches an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor from a state-controlled news broadcaster, on his computer in Beijing on November 9, 2018.

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

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It is perhaps unsurprising, then, to learn that Woodman is part of the 6 percent of public school districts that still don’t meet federal connectivity benchmarks. Imagine how many customers a company could get running 10 miles of fiber somewhere else.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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Jena Draper is the founder and general manager at CatchOn, a company designed to support teaching and learning through the smarter use of data and technology. Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?”

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

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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.

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

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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. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

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

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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.

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

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Wyoming is unique in its commitment to working with new innovations and America's leading technology companies," said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. SAFR is adaptable, extensible, and cost efficiently meets the rapidly evolving situational demands of school safety.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

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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

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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.

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

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More important, when educators can download and add digital resources on their own, they may be giving companies unintended access to private student information. Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress.