Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

“Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in the company’s announcement Tuesday. Devices available through the project are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hotspots.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. 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.

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. .

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

Edsurge

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. The company has invested in a partner rental program that should reach 400 titles in the second half of this year.

Chegg 155

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Every student and teacher in the school receives a tablet device equipped with a 4G data plan regardless of whether or not they have access to data plans at home.

Adobe 202

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.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. ” Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999.

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.

EdTech 195

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.

EdTech 195

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Do they have tablets or cell phones with data plans? It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access.

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

Edsurge

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. So Apple may wind up owning teen allegiance to wearable digital accessories, even as it loses hands-on loyalty in traditional laptops and tablets.

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.

EdTech 150

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.

EdTech 150

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

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.

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.

Tools 76

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” ” 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. Via Standard Digital : “School abandons computer lessons as tablets remains unpowered.” The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

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

Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” 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.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center. Blackboard’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Mayr, is also leaving the company. The English-language-learning company has raised $22.25

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people,” Ars Technica reports. monthly subsidies toward cellular phone service or mobile broadband. ” Via The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” Via Edsurge : “ Apple iPad Sales to Schools Jump 32%, Selling 1M Tablets in Fiscal Q3 2017.” ” VR company AltSpaceVR is shutting down.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

The students live in homes with multiple laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones – iEverything. The district has already spent more than $3 million since 2011 on tablets, laptops, software programs, fiber optic wiring, and engineers to oversee all the instructional technology.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Rise of the Low-Cost Tablet & the Promise It May Hold for Learning BYOD: Does It Solve or Does It Worsen K-12 Tech Woes? Politics and Policies FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete , a new non-profit initiative that brings private industry and the non-profit sector together to help expand broadband adoption and promote digital literacy. Valve , the company behind the video game hit Portal, is working on an educational game.

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

MindShift

An after-school club of middle school girls assembled and programmed these printers with grant-purchased kits from the Ohio-based education technology company INVENTORCloud. Computing devices and broadband Internet are abundant both inside and outside of school. SOUTH FAYETTE, PA.