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.

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.

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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.

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.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

eSchool News

Now the state is partnering with Lightspeed Systems and will begin using that company’s Rocket Web Filter to provide on- and off-campus content filtering for 1,233 Kentucky schools (that’s every school in the state). Material from a press release was used in this report.

Federal Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality, Says Broadband Is a Utility

Marketplace K-12

In a 2-1 ruling announced Tuesday, a United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel upheld the FCC’s decision to treat broadband internet as a utility, thereby opening the service to heavier regulation. Telecommunications companies like Verizon and Comcast had argued that the provision of broadband is an information service, and that the agency’s regulations are unduly burdensome and raise Constitutional questions. By Leo Doran.

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

eSchool News

A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

According to Pew Research, 79 percent of surveyed middle and high school teachers report allowing students to access homework online with 76 percent allowing students to submit assignments online.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?


But when it comes to the biggest stories of the year thus far, what are the writers themselves—education reporters—reading and thinking about? Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. And there were a lot of questionable financial activities going on at the top, including the fact that the school's founder had started his own for-profit management company and gave it a no-bid $5 million contract.

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


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. Millions of these students fall into the Homework Gap because they do not have broadband access at home.

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


million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. 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.

Idaho’s virtual charter schools have a 20 percent grad rate

eSchool News

For alternative schools in Idaho school districts, which serve students at risk for educational failure in regular junior high or high schools, the graduation rate is 36 percent, the state board reported to lawmakers. The largest, Idaho Virtual Academy, uses a curriculum developed by a national, for-profit education company and targets the general population. Next page: Lawmaker reaction to the reported graduation rate.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

Teachers and students can upload images easily or interact with the display through their personal devices,” the The Tech Edvocate reports. “By 3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/05/2018 - 11:35.

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.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

According to the latest survey data from the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults have broadband internet at home. Then there are the companies offering free use of their products should crisis hit a school community.

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


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.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big


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.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

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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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. A report published earlier this year from the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent research arm of the U.S. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference. While most schools in the U.S.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

The seminal Coleman Report published in 1966 showed that student outcomes inside the classroom are predicated on their circumstances outside the classroom. The post Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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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.

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


According to a 2019 Pew Research Center report, 96 percent of adults own a cell phone and 81 percent own a smartphone. And broadband Internet connections aren’t available everywhere, especially in rural parts of the U.S.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


But now I can report that these tools have been adopted in thousands of U.S. higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company.

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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.

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. Mareesa Nicosia for The Hechinger Report. Mareesa Nicosia for The Hechinger Report.

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.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access


edWebinar 4/9 State Leadership for K12 Broadband Implementation @ENAconnects @Kajeet @mobilebeacon @SETDA [link] And telecommunications companies have mostly bought into the idea of providing schools with substantially more bandwidth for marginally more money.”

Miami schools install wi-fi on buses

eSchool News

Using the same CIPA-compliant proprietary filtering as the Kajeet SmartSpot device, the company now provides the complete solution for districts including the hardware, data, filtering and installation with its new Kajeet SmartBus solution.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

Now, “the biggest challenge is the at-home piece,” says Brent Legg, vice president for education programs at Connected Nation, a nonprofit committed to bringing high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans.” This post is sponsored by Samsung.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018


education technology companies raised $1.45 And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. edtech industry matures, companies with demonstrable revenue growth are distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack and attracting bigger funders higher up the investment ladder. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story


For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

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.

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?

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OPINION: Online homework tools trade ‘busy work’ for feedback to help end inequities in schools

The Hechinger Report

The good news is that more organizations today are devoting efforts to giving underrepresented groups greater access than in the past, according to a new report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The report highlights a number of steps that states are taking, including creating one-to-one laptop programs, increasing statewide broadband networks and making Wi-Fi hotspots more readily available.