A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. After years of research, Jojo and her team proposed solving the problem through community broadband upgrades – bringing together stakeholders across towns to build business cases for upgrades. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner. With access to the cloud, all data sources and project materials are constantly available, allowing for previously inaccessible levels and styles of revision and collaboration. 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report. Resources: Data Quality Campaign (stat source) & Future of Privacy Forum ).

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Announcing the Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Open Data," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Local, state and federal governments are releasing data - the public's data - in new ways. This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it.

"Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th - Session Detail Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've added information on the accepted sessions for the second Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Open Data," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Local, state and federal governments are releasing data - the public's data - in new ways. This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it.

Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. The CCPN partners share resources including data center space. Stay tuned for the next installment in our Broadband Leaders series, and feel free to connect with us on social media to celebrate K-12 connectivity leaders in your state. Success Stories Broadband Leaders

Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

mobile computing, mobile apps, social media, BYOD, mobile learning). This means lower costs up-front and lower costs overall when compared to the combined costs of cellular and monthly broadband Internet service to the home. By using Google Drive or Archive.org , media can be made available for students to download offline, when they may be without a WiFi connection as well as for those students with limited data plans.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens grew and I became aware of more organizations, as well as some of their supporting tools and resources. To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4) those that focus on data privacy and security.

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3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Pew research suggests just 24 percent of US adults with less than a high-school diploma have home broadband access, while further Pew research indicates 95 percent of U.S. These data tend to be confirmed by adult educators. We typically hear that while most learners own smartphones, they are “only” using them for things like social media and text messaging.

A Sideways Look at the Future of Higher Education

Edsurge

The bottom line is that consumers gained control of where, when, and what media they consumed. The Federal Communications Commission in 1975 established regulations limiting media cross-ownership.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

We’re witnessing waves of technology skepticism and dread, with multiple Facebook debacles , the publication of new critiques about the negative impacts of tech giants, and rising concern about privacy in an age of growing big data and AI. My students are also in a graduate program that teaches critical understanding of media. This theme keyed into addiction concerns, as social media and gaming become ever more effective in giving us dopamine hits.

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6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

Here are some highlights: While 93% of teachers are using digital tools to help guide instruction, less than 20% of classrooms have 1:1 device programs ; 56% of teachers believe data and digital tools make them better teachers; 67% of teachers feel resources (both digital and non-digital) are sufficient to meet their subject standards; and. Starting a social media account. The problem then is data and home access.

How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

She’s a big advocate for expanding broadband access and digital equity, and she has become a key strategic planner for school Internet in Virginia. This diverse group of stakeholders gave us feedback on network infrastructure and broadband to VA school divisions. What were the biggest challenges to expanding broadband in Virginia? Another big value add was providing us with data on fiber, bandwidth, Wi-Fi and affordability.

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

The debate is raging on social media, school email chains, and even around the dinner table. But, of course, keeping kids at home will also result in some deaths, as would driving them to soccer practice or keeping them socially isolated for months.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

Edsurge

Libraries Close, Internet Access Ends There have been several studies about how the lack of fast home broadband has hurt kids’ access to online learning during school closures.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. This real world learning – that follows the NGSS standards – allowed students to learn how to collect and use data from live video feeds of penguins in Antarctica. . Authors Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez, Micah Studer, and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C.

Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing

Edsurge

As adoption of these products and services increases around the world, so too does the opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to generate positive social and economic impact alongside financial returns. hours on social media.

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Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

” To help increase digital literacy awareness in underserved communities, Broadband Rhode Island , a partner with RIFLI, created a curriculum in 2011 for adult education teachers to promote digital literacy among adult learners. To address these different learning levels, RIFLI uses the Northstar Digital Literacy assessment exam as the basis for a curriculum that teaches how to use a computer to using Microsoft Excel and Word as well as social media, specifically Facebook.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

For a time when we are physically social distancing, it has been beautiful to see how people are coming together to take care of our nation’s children. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

We spoke with her about the challenges and triumphs she’s seen in advocating for broadband access across the state for the second installment in our new Broadband Leaders series. . I’m a very social and collaborative person, so my approach to handling that stress and confusion was to join everyone together to tackle applications as a group. You’ve driven thousands of miles across the state to meet with school district leaders about their broadband upgrades.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. This asset was handed to [school districts and educational nonprofits] with the expectation that they deliver educational and social value in return.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

edWeb.net

When asked about the hurdles that happened due to schools closing on March 13th, 2020, all four presenters agreed that broadband, not devices, challenged their districts to provide equitable access to learning no matter their districts’ geographic location or demographics. By Eileen Belastock.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

While their peers who have access to high speed internet and tech spend an awful lot of time practicing digital fluency in social media (and yes, that is definitely practice), the tech-less kids spend their free time away from a keyboard. 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. She had high speed internet, but it came with a data cap.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. This real world learning – that follows the NGSS standards – allowed students to learn how to collect and use data from live video feeds of penguins in Antarctica. . the authors Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez and Micah Studer with CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C.

Common Sense Survey: Homework Gets More Digital for Teens and Tweens

Edsurge

Common Sense is weighing in on kids’ use of media in a detailed new report this week. The report, “ The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens ,” updates a 2015 study by the same name from the nonprofit organization. Its primary focus is media used for entertainment. So there’s a rich data set on everything from playing games to reading for pleasure, based on a nationally representative survey of nearly 1,700 U.S.

Automation Will Hit Young People Hardest. Can These Nonprofits Prepare Them for It?

Edsurge

The curriculum was designed specifically for Generation Z, which research shows is interested in both high-paying jobs and promoting civil rights and social justice issues, says Ora Tanner, co-founder and chief learning officer at the AI Education Project.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

edWeb.net

One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. The nature of the quarantine means many kids will have skills gaps, as well as social emotional issues, to address in the coming school year and beyond. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

What led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access, and what motivates you most about your role as Director of Instructional Policy and State E-rate Coordinator at DESE? And since a primary goal of education is preparing kids for meaningful and productive participation in civic, economic, and social life in the world awaiting them after high school, the effective use of technology ought to be an indispensable aspect of that preparation.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Tagged on: April 8, 2017 Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data | Google Research → Fascinating and promising approach.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Tagged on: April 8, 2017 Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data | Google Research → Fascinating and promising approach.

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The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

EPISODE 7: What Are My Homeschool Socialization Options? We Turned Out OK Episode 300, a roundtable conversation on social-emotional learning and the value of open-ended play, with a special needs teacher, a licensed mental health counselor, and me, a child development expert.

5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School During the Pandemic

MindShift

We are still starved for data on what this all means. “We’ve not done a really great job in aggregating the data as to how many kids are still disconnected,” she adds. ” The National Education Association recently reported, based on pre-pandemic census data, that one quarter of households with children ages 5 to 17 lacked either high-speed Wi-Fi, a computer or both. There’s housing: Lose your home and you lose your broadband connection.

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

Doug Levin

Wish there were publicly available data to support this claim. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 Exclusive: Pisa data may be 'incomparable' | tes → Falls in Asian high-flyers' math scores could simply be down to switch to computer tests. Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Ofsted to 'snoop' on parents' and pupils' social media | iNews → Its like Klout, but for school accountability. A quick search suggests student data, too.

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

Doug Levin

Wish there were publicly available data to support this claim. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 Exclusive: Pisa data may be 'incomparable' | tes → Falls in Asian high-flyers' math scores could simply be down to switch to computer tests. Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Ofsted to 'snoop' on parents' and pupils' social media | iNews → Its like Klout, but for school accountability. A quick search suggests student data, too.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Wired : “ Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband.” The New Media Consortium announced in an email to its members that it would be immediately shutting down. I have been busy with my year-in-review, but I will be updating my Horizon Report “data liberation” project with as much data as I can scrape from the NMC website before it all goes away.). (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.