Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace. From AR/VR field trips to computer science classes and online testing, there are increasingly high demands for our classrooms to be equipped with sufficient bandwidth. What are your learning goals?

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

And when you look at larger, more densely populated school districts–in urban markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or Chicago–district leaders often face added pressures and challenges to do digital right, and often with little support.

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. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

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. Digital Learning Back-to-school

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

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. The Path to a Successful Upgrade.

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!). By 2012, it had risen to 88 percent. By Kathleen Costanza.

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

Edsurge

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. We spoke with a number of educators during the Summit to get a peek into how North Carolina’s schools are working. Here’s what we learned. Student learning: Yes!

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. But the report stresses there is still work to be done to connect more than 2,000 schools that lack fiber connections.

What your internet speed tells us about school connectivity

Education Superhighway

Every year, our organization aims to build a complete picture of every school district’s Internet speed and pricing information so that we can update our free tools and resources, which in turn support school leaders as they upgrade their networks. How to clarify your school connectivity data.

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.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

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

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Consider this gap: some 99 percent of K-12 public schools and libraries in some form or fashion (thanks in large part to the E-Rate program) yet 30 percent of Americans.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

5 Tips for Getting the Best Deal on School Networks: Network Essentials for Superintendents

Education Superhighway

In support of this year’s Digital Learning Day , we shared our top five tips on how to get a good deal on district networks from Network Essentials for Superintendents.

Fiber or Cable? Making the Switch to Scalable High-Speed Connections

Education Superhighway

As school districts increasingly take advantage of digital learning in the classroom, they need high-speed connectivity that supports their expanded technology use. How Much Bandwidth Is Needed To Support Today’s Classroom Technology?

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades.

How the Power of Tech Influenced a Superintendent to Upgrade Connectivity in Buellton

Education Superhighway

“We need to make sure there’s equal access [for] all kids. All kids need to have access to these tools… when that didn’t exist, it created this sense of urgency.” We have a pretty wide range of demographics.

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. Which digital learning tools do teachers in your district wish they could use?

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010.

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Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

School may just be getting back into session, but EducationSuperHighway has been working this summer to help school districts upgrade their networks so that their students can take advantage of digital learning when they return to the classroom.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race. We knew we wanted to help them visualize the journey ahead. Ready to Commit.

Understanding the basics of school district networks: Network Essentials for Superintendents

Education Superhighway

Technology-rich classrooms that enable digital learning are not possible unless high-speed broadband gets there first—and that often means upgrading a school district’s network.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

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3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. Digital learning usage grows each year, requiring students to have reliable, fast connections in order to prepare sufficiently for future challenges like college and the job market. Which digital learning tools do teachers in your district wish they could use?

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. One of the students came into class and wanted to play a cool “nuclear war” game that he had played in the computer lab.

6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

As summer winds down, you’ve likely already started thinking about how to meet your school’s bandwidth needs in the year (and years) to come. Plan for many students to use the network at once.

Look Into the Future Ready

CUE

Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. Mentoring Other Districts and Helping Them Transition to Digital Learning.

6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

As summer winds down, you’ve likely already started thinking about how to meet your school’s bandwidth needs in the year (and years) to come. Plan for many students to use the network at once.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

Persons who are interested in identifying what is new or innovative nationally in K-12 education, and in determining how those innovations can be successfully evaluated, scaled, and disseminated.” Very similarly to the Privacy Technical Assistance Center, or PTAC.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Regardless of which region of the country the conversations take place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district’s digital transformation. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. Commit to Long-term Sustainability.

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How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas.

Edsurge

What if the job they aspire to today is no longer an option when it comes time to graduate? How can they train for jobs that don’t even exist yet? On the other side of that equation are educators, who often draw from their own learning experiences in K-12 and higher education to inform their instruction. EdSurge recently sat down with Karen Cator, the CEO of Digital Promise, to get her take. We hear about machines being able to read x-rays.