How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

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As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. Featured on eSchool News Industry Insights IT Newsletter Top News

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

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New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

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Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. The proposed legislation received support across the ed-tech industry after it was announced.

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Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. The bird’s-eye results: 65 percent of teachers say they use digital learning tools every day; 87 percent report using them at least a few days each week.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

Education Superhighway

Lack of high-speed Internet prevents teachers and students from taking full advantage of the transformational power of digital learning and leaves millions of kids on the wrong side of the digital divide.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Building the Digital Dream.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Common Sense Education provides digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities with a goal of empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Free resources include ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites, designed to help teachers find and use the best digital tools for their classrooms. Organization: Digital Promise.

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#LearningIs mobile

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1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones. Significant problems include a lack of broadband connectivity in various parts of the world. Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

The History of the Future of E-rate

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The FCC plays a particularly important role in regulating the telecommunications industry, and as such, it has provided oversight for the various technologies long touted as “revolutionizing” education – radio, television , the Internet. As an op-ed in The Washington Post put it , “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.”

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” Challenging forced arbitration clauses has been one way the CFPB has taken on the student loan industry. Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” Via Buzzfeed : “A Close Ally Of Mike Pence Is Helping The Shady Student Debt Relief Industry.” Via Techcrunch : “ Holberton gets backing from more industry executives as it looks to scale its software engineering school.”

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The Politics of Education Technology

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It treats “ed-tech” as the result of markets and industry and “innovation,” and not as the result of policy or history. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). “ There is no ‘technology industry’ ,” technology writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash wrote in August. Put simply, every industry and every sector of society is powered by technology today, and being transformed by the choices made by technologists.