Free School Broadband Comparison Tool

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Updates to the school broadband comparison tool make finding what neighboring and similar school districts are paying for broadband services even easier. Although the window has closed to submit e-rate applications, districts can still use the free resource, Compare & Connect K–12, by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, as they consider their needs over the next three to five years.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

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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. It is our core belief that with access to accurate, transparent data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets.

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Compare & Connect K-12: Our tool’s new features make it even easier for school districts to compare bandwidth deals and get more bandwidth for their budgets

Education Superhighway

Today we released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12 , an online tool that helps school district technology directors, superintendents and state leaders view broadband services and bandwidth information for school districts across the country.

How Compare & Connect K-12 Can Help Service Providers

Education Superhighway

This year, school districts seeking broadband upgrades are contending with the shortest-ever E-rate filing window, which means that there are just a few weeks left for service providers to find and bid on school district network services. Compare & Connect K-12, a free school broadband comparison tool, has helped thousands of school districts prepare for their network upgrades.

Compare & Connect K-12 helps school districts secure more bandwidth for their budgets

Education Superhighway

But finding broadband service for schools that’s both affordable and offers enough bandwidth can be difficult. To help school districts get the bandwidth that can support digital learning, we created Compare & Connect K-12 , an online tool that shows broadband services and bandwidth speeds for school districts across the country.

3 ways we support school districts

Education Superhighway

High-speed broadband that can support digital learning requires a combination of scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and robust internal networks that can deliver information onto student devices in the classroom. Here is a brief introduction to how they support district leaders to connect their students to high-speed broadband. Identify how much neighboring schools pay for their broadband.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

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E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. The report also found that 42 percent of districts have also upgraded their existing broadband at little or no extra cost. Compare & Connect K-12 , a free tool that maps E-Rate data to make those comparisons available for administrators, state leaders and service providers.

Network Essentials: Securing Buy-In For Your Network Upgrade

Education Superhighway

Decision-makers will also need to see infrastructure comparisons and an estimate of the cost of each option. Analyzing the relative costs can be complicated, but tools such as Compare & Connect K-12 let you research and compare K-12 broadband pricing and services with similarly sized districts. For more information on planning your broadband network upgrade, explore our free tools and resources, or schedule a call with a member of our team.

OPINION: Tribal colleges, lifeline to rural and disenfranchised Native communities, need our help more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Many offer much-needed internet service, providing access to some of the 35 percent of tribal land residents who do not have broadband service. The American Indian College Fund’s 2019-20 Student Ambassador cohort.

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Free School Broadband Comparison Tool ? FEATURES FUTURE-READY STRATEGIES TO DELIVER HIGH-IMPACT LEARNING EXPERIENCES NOW By Keith McBurnett Burnet (TX) Consolidated Independent School District’s Inspired Classroom project utilizes an infusion of technology, furniture, creativity, and community input.

The “Maine” Connection: How a rural P-8 district connected students to new opportunities

Education Superhighway

As he was searching for ways to use state match funding to affordably upgrade his district’s Internet access, Dr. Williams consulted with State E-rate Coordinator Milan Eaton and sought the support of the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative. Leveraged Price Comparisons. “If you envision a pine forest with 10 buildings in the middle of it, you can picture our school,” explained Maine Consolidated School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Mark Williams.

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. The FCC is helping schools make the necessary investments in their broadband infrastructure through December 2014’s Second E-rate Modernization order , which provides public school districts and libraries with new options for funding fiber special construction projects.

Texas school district overcomes challenges in pursuit of Wide Area Network upgrade

Education Superhighway

While all schools in Lubbock ISD are fortunate to be on scalable fiber connections, the expiration of the Texas Legislature’s House Bill 2128 meant the district was concerned that it would mean the end to affordable broadband services for their schools. Check out our Fiber Toolkit for free tools and resources including the RFP templates Lubbock used and the “Build Vs. Buy” comparison tool.

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

The Hechinger Report

Efforts by the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to publicize how much districts pay for broadband have allowed many school systems to negotiate bandwidth deals to get greater capacity for a fraction of the cost. For some hardware, districts can comparison shop. By comparison, in February 2016, Lawrence School District in Kansas got a discount of nearly 24 percent that dropped a $4.1

When should video replace discussion boards?

Bryan Alexander

and broadband. Beyond this +/- comparison, I wonder about combining text and video. Should we transform discussion boards from text to video? What would we lose or gain when students converse through video recordings instead of written comments? Jeffrey Young raises this prospect in a provocative EdSurge article.

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

The Hechinger Report

Families who don’t have access to the internet at home, due to a lack of hardware or broadband availability, often use their phones to access websites. By comparison, most public presidential addresses are on a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University. “I Mosi Zuberi stands in the hallway of the DeFremery Recreation Center after an Oakland REACH meeting. Photo: Jenny Abamu for The Hechinger Report.

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

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Continued improvements in school technology infrastructure, in particular the “penetration of broadband and digital devices,” says Rogers, is making it possible for “best-in-class digital solutions to win in the market.” edtech companies paled in comparison to their peers in Asia, home to Byju’s ( $540 million ), along with VIPKID ( $500 million ), Zuoyebang ( $350 million ) and Yuanfudao ( $300 million ). For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

A Level Playing Field.

The Web20Classroom

Surprisingly there are still places in this country where schools are not connected to a high speed broadband connection (and are relying on dial-up still) or where they have no access at all. ( I also have had the chance to visit lots of schools around the country this year and hear stories of schools so I have some comparisons. Access. Equity. When I hear educators talk about access and equity my mind immediately thinks of Internet access.

How Transparent is School Data When Parents Can’t Find or Understand it?

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Families who don’t have access to the internet at home, due to a lack of hardware or broadband availability, often use their phones to access websites. Shoniqua Kemp, parent in Detroit By comparison, most public presidential addresses are on a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University.

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How Transparent is School Data When Parents Can’t Find it or Understand it?

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Families who don’t have access to the internet at home, due to a lack of hardware or broadband availability, often use their phones to access websites. By comparison, most public presidential addresses are on a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University.

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As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, only around 30 percent of BIE schools were doing the same. On the Navajo Nation, which surrounds Hopi, less than 4 percent of the population has access to even the most basic wireline broadband, according to federal data.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. I’d love to see a comparison between Pluralsight and Lynda.com.). Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The U.S.

The Business of Education Technology

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This fall, the EducationSuperHighway released a price comparison tool so that districts could see neighbors’ broadband costs and ideally leverage that information to get a better deal. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. In previous years, when I’ve written about this topic, I’ve saved “The Business of Ed-tech” for one of the last articles in my “ Top Ed-Tech Trends" series.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Before I turn to the President-Elect’s campaign promises and potential education and computer technology policies, I want to note that this Presidential election was influenced by digital technologies in ways that make the “ digital masterminds ” who supposedly helped Obama win re-election pale by comparison: Hacks – perhaps by Russia – of the Democratic National Committee. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” EdWeek’s Market Brief on a report by Allovue : “ K–12 District Spending Analysis Raises Red Flag About ESSA School Comparisons.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.