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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.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

Is the hardware & software compatible? Keep your software up-to-date. For example, it’s no good investing in iPads for the school if the broadband bandwidth and Wi-Fi connectivity aren’t up to scratch. Is the hardware & software compatible?

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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. As much as 50 percent of employees in the country could be working in roles that require programming or software skills by 2030, according to estimates in a 2016 report by the National Broadband Network and the Regional Australia Institute.

Going to a Tech Conference? Make Sure to Focus on What Matters.

Edsurge

Take the perennially-popular “50 Best Apps” or “How to Make a Google Form” sessions that crop up every year. Conferences like these sessions because they’re popular, but most of the content can be found online, and of course, via word of mouth recommendations from teachers.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

edWeb.net

As edtech leaders and stakeholders work to eliminate the homework gap, solutions such as mobile hotspots, low-cost broadband, private LTE networks and even Wifi on buses have the potential to ensure that students have 24/7 access to their education.

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

Edsurge

A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. 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. This Chrome OS share, of course, has made Microsoft angry.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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

The Hechinger Report

A student in New York uses Google Docs on her classroom iPad to discuss themes in the class’s latest book with her group. billion was spent on devices by K-12 schools in 2015, and the Software and Information Industry Association estimates that nearly $8.4 billion was spent on software.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

Exposure may be one factor: A Google-sponsored Gallup report ( PDF ) that found that female students are less aware of online and local opportunities to learn computer science. And not just in terms of learning how to code; they can apply these skill it in their traditional math and science courses, American government classes. And it makes computer science a beneficial skill for all students to learn, regardless of whether they want to be a software engineer or not.

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

Doug Levin

"This sort of pie-in-the-sky belief that simply getting more computers in kids' hands and more app-development elective courses in schools will make the future bright is an oversimplification of a complex issue." But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected?

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The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” The school management software maker has raised $191,500 total.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

The reporting often isolates education technology from other developments in the computer technology sector and tends to isolate education technology from education politics and policies more broadly (unless, of course, those policies dovetail with the political interests of ed-tech and ed-reform, which they often do). Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

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” StraighterLine , an unaccredited online course provider, will partner with Brookhaven College in Texas to offer a joint associate degree to students this August. Students will complete more than 50 percent of their course work online through the StraighterLine platform. “ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.”

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Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” ” Of course he is. ” Curious if students are allowed to use any tech products made by Oracle’s arch-nemesis, Google. Via Motherboard : “To Solve the Diversity Drought in Software Engineering , Look to Community Colleges.”

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” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” ” Also via IHE : “ ACT scores are up this year, but the scores of black and Latino students and those who did not complete recommended college preparatory courses remain far behind those of other students.” (National) Education Politics.

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Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” ” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” ” University of Colorado Denver students can earn college credit by taking courses at the coding bootcamp Galvanize. Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software. The Trump Budget.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). Why, schools of course. Of course, most of ed-tech is neither. The LMS, of course, needn’t be a permanent line item in schools’ budgets.

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” “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. The company, which says it will help colleges deliver courses online, was founded by John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review and 2U.

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It’s not really “free Internet,” of course – it’s Facebook as Internet. From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education.

3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

Using the free software you can visit or create your own 3D rooms which have walls lined with webpages that you can click on to visit. Watch a demo here: Exploring 3B Village (2.4Mb Flash) The learning potential for this software is huge and I can see how it could be especially useful for creating webquests or web based treasure hunts and other collaborative tasks for groups of students working virtually / at a distance.

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” The Trump Administration is calling it “ restoring Internet freedom ,” because of f **g course. ” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” ” Via Newsweek : “ Rand Paul to Teach ‘Dystopian Visions’ Course at George Washington University.” There have been several stories recently calling the Google Books project a failure.

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Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” In other Google and edu news, via The Verge : “White nationalists seem to have manipulated Google search results for ‘Boasian anthropology’ ” Via Education Week : “‘Fake News,’ Media Literacy Become Business Opportunities in Rush to Educate Students.” The company, which makes multimedia presentation software, has raised $30.2 Education Politics.

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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). Via Raw Story : “BUSTED: Trump Treasury pick took 4-week course on Dartmouth campus and called it a degree.” “ Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer,” says The Verge. (National) Education Politics.

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. ” Carl Straumsheim writes that “One of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’s most popular massive open online courses is adding a feature not seen in any of its other humanities MOOCs: instructors grading essays.”

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Can Google Challenge Over-Zealous Web Filtering at Schools? 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. and aims to address some of the obstacles to broadband adoption -- in terms of cost, access, relevance, and digital literacy.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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