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Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

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The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students.

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What You Need to Know About E-rate

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One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

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With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. The digital concept is so important for our schools today. Leading the Digital Leap School Administration Top News AASA broadband digital leap e-rate interne

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance. E-rate provides $3.9 E-rate Category One funding is invaluable.

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E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

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Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

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She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program.

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. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom. Next page: Better broadband affordability). Eighty-eight percent of U.S.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

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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!). In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent.

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. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy

ED updates infrastructure guide to reflect school modernization efforts

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Education Department recently released Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, an update to a 2014 infrastructure guide to aid schools and districts that are seeking to upgrade broadband connectivity and devices. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure digital learning E-Rate infrastructure guide tech tools for administratorsBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The U.S.

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. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband. School broadband affordability is critical.

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. Those goals were adopted as part of the E-Rate Modernization Order reform efforts in 2014.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

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Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. Tell us about your journey from working in telecom, economic development, and now the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology in Nevada.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

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Add concepts like blended and flipped learning to the equation and you come up with yet another to-do list item: Make sure students can actually use their devices when they aren’t physically on campus and within wi-fi range.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

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

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Russell Cheatham and Mr. Tom Fitzgerald, respectively the CIO and IT Director of Brevard County Public Schools, have both seen first-hand how dramatically classroom technology needs have evolved over the years. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. Digital Learning

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

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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. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful.

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

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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.

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.

Alabama commits $12M to beef up wireless in poor and rural schools

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In a rare unanimous vote, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill to free up $12 million that could help poor and rural schools get wireless broadband inside their walls. To get E-rate money, though, local systems have to pitch in matching funds.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

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Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals. Education is going digital. This means many more schools have the capacity to provide broadband speeds to the school door.

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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

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

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Merritt has spent the past five years steadily investing in a 1:1 student-to-device program and building out the technological infrastructure to support it. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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Or just plain online learning. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. That can make it tough to move to a digital workflow even when classes are meeting as scheduled. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

Through his years of experience and working closely with EducationSuperHighway on the Digital Connections Initiative, his passion for technology has enabled him to impact public schools in Massachusetts by being proactive in getting high speed internet in all schools across the state.

2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband

Education Superhighway

Today marks the release of our second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. million students now have at least the minimum connectivity they need to take advantage of technology in the classroom, representing 88 percent of school districts nationally. took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016 – with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

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Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway. Tips for Moving Forward on E-Learning.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

Connected Nation and Funds For Learning Selected to Carry on Our Mission

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, an unprecedented coalition united behind a simple, but important, goal: to improve broadband in America’s K-12 classrooms. As a result of these efforts, 99% of students have been connected to the minimum high-speed Internet needed for digital learning.

New tool helps districts compare bandwidth pricing

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Through Compare & Connect K-12, school district technology directors and superintendents can easily view broadband pricing and bandwidth information for school districts across the country. internet IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News Top News

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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Bearden, “There is no silver bullet for addressing digital equity in school communities.” The Perfect Storm In 2014, Beaverson PS passed a bond with significant amount dedicated to technology and by 2016, Beaverton had 32,000 Chromebooks and 10,000 iPads being used in the district.

Network Essentials for Superintendents: Planning for the future

Education Superhighway

With technology playing a pivotal role in creating incredible learning opportunities for America’s students, it’s vital that every classroom has the bandwidth needed to access media-rich educational tools and implement digital learning. Digital Learning

3 ways we support school districts

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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. NAVIGATE E-RATE.