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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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

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. 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

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.

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.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

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.

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. Leading the Digital Leap School Administration Top News AASA broadband digital leap e-rate internet

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.

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

eSchool News

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.

What the FCC Should Do Now to Support America and Our Learners

Edsurge

We are thankful for those who broadcast the news and the broadband providers that have opened their networks, lifted data caps and fees, and promised not to discontinue service. Use Universal Service Powers: We should use all of our universal service powers to meet this crisis head on.

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.

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

Edsurge

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?

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.

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.

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.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

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.

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.

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

EdTech Magazine

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. .

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.

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

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.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

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

Edsurge

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

techlearning

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

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

Education Superhighway

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.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.”

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.

“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.

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. When U.S. schools initially closed in March, distance learning emerged as a way to keep kids learning.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.