Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Broadband’s Big Picture. Links to Local Learning. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

5 priorities for broadband access

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Equitable, reliable, and robust broadband access both on and off campus is essential to support digital learning and prepare K-12 students for life and work. The declaration is a cornerstone of Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , a new report from SETDA. In addition to advocating for equitable broadband access, the report discusses innovative technologies and pedagogical approaches to personalize learning for all students.

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Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students

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While there is bipartisan consensus that we need to build a better infrastructure for digital learning, Congress and the FCC still have much more to do. In the meantime, everyone from local schools and major telecom companies to late-night hosts are trying to step in to improve students’ access to digital infrastructure. From broadband to broad supports. Put simply, poverty erects barriers to learning.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016, with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. “It’s Next page: Better broadband affordability). Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsEighty-eight percent of U.S.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

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All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. Counties across the state have worked to increase their broadband capacity as online assessments, video resources, and mobile devices have become more prevalent in schools. Our teachers told us they needed a faster, more reliable system to take advantage of all of the great digital instructional resources and other technology-based education tools and supports that are available.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband

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In order to make this and other digital learning opportunities a reality for students, the state needed to increase broadband connectivity in classrooms. Arkansas is now the first state to meet the Federal Communication Commission’s school broadband goal of 1 Mbps per student, providing enough bandwidth to make digital learning a reality in every classroom, every day.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband.

Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

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But what was once the gold standard for high speed is now barely enough to keep pace with modern learning environments, according to Evan Marwell, CEO of the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which released its annual State of the States report Tuesday. million students who lack internet access, the nonprofit is also looking ahead to the future, when 1 Mbps per student becomes the new broadband benchmark.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

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A free tool from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is intended to help district technology leaders compare broadband and connectivity information with other districts nearby and across the nation. Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country.

Joint SETDA and CoSN statement on FCC Rural Telecommunications Offer

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SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC for acting this week to help rural telecommunications providers offer affordable broadband to qualified students. Broadband Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Legislation

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. More… Uncategorized digital learning high-speed broadband K-12 WAN recommendations wireless infrastructure

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

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Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants. The goal of the Washington Digital Learning Access Grant Program is to support school districts, without adequate broadband connectivity, looking to upgrade to: scalable, fiber infrastructure, and.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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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. Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services. Building the Digital Dream.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace. Looking forward, 1 Mbps per student is the minimum recommended bandwidth for digital learning to ensure your students have adequate connectivity now and into the future. Determining the amount of bandwidth to budget for should be based on your district’s learning goals and the technology you plan to use to support them. What are your learning goals?

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. State leaders were less surprised to learn that, on average, there are only about six devices for every 10 Utah students, or that the wireless infrastructure is not adequate in many schools. They commissioned a school technology inventory that was completed by Connected Nation , a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring affordable broadband to all Americans.

States cut in half the number of K-12 students lacking high-speed broadband

FETC Converge

A new report from EducationSuperHighway highlights K-12 broadband gains but says more work is needed to deliver digital tools to 11.6 42 governors are leading K-12 broadband upgrades that have helped halve the number of students lacking adequate access to digital learning tools in the past year, according to a new report. Uncategorized digital learning digital tools high-speed broadband internet conectivity report telecommunications

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

As teachers kick off the back-to-school season, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the role technology plays in your classrooms and how you empower your students to navigate digital learning. To get the conversation started, we asked three former teachers on our team about the benefits and challenges of digital learning, as well as the impact digital literacy can have on today’s students. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

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

Education Superhighway

Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. 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. As a result, more schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

“Our Kids Are Worth It”: How A Florida District Amplified its Digital Learning Opportunities

Education Superhighway

Both have had long careers at Brevard and have worked closely to implement technology into the schools’ digital learning programs. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. Mr. Cheatham and Mr. Fitzgerald knew that in order to offer students the best possible digital learning opportunities on a long-term basis, they needed a broadband model that was “structured and load-balanced.”. In their view, Brevard has “been successful because of past lessons learned.”

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway partnered with the Arkansas Governor’s office and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in August 2014 toward the goal of connecting all Arkansas students to high-speed broadband for digital learning. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone in Arkansas and we look forward to continuing our mission to connect all of America’s students to high-speed broadband by replicating this work with governors across the country.

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?

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

As teachers kick off the back-to-school season, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the role technology plays in your classrooms and how you empower your students to navigate digital learning. To get the conversation started, we asked three former teachers on our team about the benefits and challenges of digital learning, as well as the impact digital literacy can have on today’s students. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). It is time for E-Rate to graduate and move to the next phase of learning.”.

What's Happened in North Carolina With Statewide Support for Digital Learning

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And as the Haw burbled in the background last Friday and Saturday, school administrators, teachers and edtech entrepreneurs gathered for thoughtful conversations and exchanges around how to use digital technology to support learning at the 30th EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Here’s what we learned. North Carolina has been supporting digital learning longer than many other states. A Vision for Digital Learning. Student learning: Yes!

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. The district is also a Digital Citizenship Certified District.

Governor Mary Fallin announces initiative to bring high-speed broadband to all Oklahoma schools

Education Superhighway

Today we joined Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as she announced the Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative , a coordinated effort to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to schools across the state. I am proud to establish the Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative,” said Governor Fallin. We look forward to partnering with each of them to provide broadband network upgrade assistance to school districts across the state.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

First Future Ready Schools Summit Kicks Off

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith School leaders gather for orientation on nationwide digital-learning efforts, in conjunction with ConnectED. Bandwidth Management Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. 100 kbps per student may have been sufficient bandwidth when there were only 520 students and few devices, but as the student population and technology use grew, so did the district’s need for more robust broadband. With this approach, the excitement about the newly digitized curriculum was contagious amongst teachers.

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

In our work over the past three years to understand and analyze school broadband connectivity and costs, we have discovered high variance in the prices that school districts in different areas of the country—and even within the same state and county—pay for Internet access. We have also seen that information sharing and price transparency between school districts has a significant positive impact on ensuring all school districts receive enough bandwidth to support digital learning.

Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

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The data comes from data management and learning analytics firm BrightBytes, which analyzed more than 180 million data points collected via a national survey gauging educational technology access, use and effectiveness across 8,558 U.S. The report provides district and school leaders with insights into what works to improve student outcomes,” said Teela Watson, Director of Digital Learning at Education Service Center Region 11 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

In 2013, our SchoolSpeedTest analysis of K-12 broadband purchasing revealed only 30 percent of school districts nationwide met the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum Internet access goal of 100 kbps per student, leaving 40 million students without the broadband needed for digital learning. million teachers now have the broadband they need to deliver a 21st century digital education.