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.

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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Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

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.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

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The modernization to Lifeline didn’t increase funding overall, but families will have the choice between phone discounts and a credit for broadband at home. Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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

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" 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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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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While the tools may have print components, companies must submit them digitally, and only the digital materials are reviewed.

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” São Paulo has approved a bill that would allow companies to manufacture school uniforms and sell branding and sponsorship opportunities on the clothing. Via Wired : “ Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband.” ProPublica with more news about Facebook and discrimination : “Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads.” The company, formerly known as SlideRule, has raised $11.2

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Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.). Behavioral management company Hero K12 has raised $150 million from BV Investment Partners.

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The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

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Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. Edsurge on the business of OER. “ Edsurge on the ethics of ed-tech companies paying teachers. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." The skills identification company has raised $76.2 The company has raised $3.3

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SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Delta Career Education Corporation , a privately held for-profit college company, is phasing out seven of its campuses,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” This “Toronto man” is Erwin Sniedzins, who runs an ed-tech company called Mount Knowledge. The Minecraft-based-engineering company has raised $9.75

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

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The NAACP endorses OER. ” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Greiff has previously been a partner at the 1776 venture fund and he was also a co-founder of the test prep company Grockit. Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned. His other two co-founders are gone from the company too, says Axios’ Dan Primack.

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Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

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” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” Related via Buzzfeed : “133 Tech Companies Say Trump’s Immigration Order Is Unconstitutional.” ” Just two ed-tech companies signed the amicus brief: General Assembly and AltSchool. “Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” Education Politics.

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” Worth noting: the website promotes private student loan companies SkillsFund and Climb to students looking for tuition assistance.). Via Techcrunch : “ SoFi co-founder Dan Macklin is leaving the company.” ” Via Edsurge : “ EDUCAUSE Adds Emerging Edtech Membership for Small Companies, Hints at Overhaul.”

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From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. The new company will be called Touch Press (which was the name of another company that StoryToys acquired last year). Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics.