Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

eSchool News

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.

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.

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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. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

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

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

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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Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

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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3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online. However, we see value in the consideration of these tips as schools and colleges continue iterating on their online learning best practices): 1. Help students own their learning.

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

Edsurge

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. Emergency online teaching. Remote delivery of instruction.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. But it’s a move both the industry and founder and CEO Evan Marwell are celebrating.

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

Edsurge

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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Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

Edsurge

TCV is no stranger to the education technology industry, having chipped in on two $50 million-plus investment deals for Varsity Tutors, an online tutoring startup. Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level. Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before. Attract users with a free product.

How one state used matching funds to increase access

Education Superhighway

As the State E-rate Director, Milan Eaton has been working on the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative since it began in 2016. Tell us about your journey from working in the telecom industry to your role now as State E-rate Director for the Arizona Department of Education.

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.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom. 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. .

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

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. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning.

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

Education Superhighway

A new school year means new opportunities, ambitious learning goals, and heightened prospects for kids, but for millions of our nation’s students, those opportunities come with an asterisk. High-speed broadband equalizes educational opportunity and accelerates learning.

San Francisco Business Times names EducationSuperHighway a 2017 Tech and Innovation Award winner

Education Superhighway

The Bay Area prides itself on the breadth and depth of its tech talent, and the San Francisco Business Times recognizes leaders in the industry each year with its annual Tech and Innovation Awards. We are proud to announce that EducationSuperHighway was selected by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2017 Tech and Innovation Award winner. The Tech and Innovation Awards recognize the most dynamic, innovative entrepreneurs and companies in the Bay Area.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

edWeb.net

According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.” Professional Learning.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Vote for Common Sense Education's SXSWedu Panels

Graphite Blog

Proposed Sessions What Can We Learn from 3,000 EdTech Reviews? This unique data offers valuable, industry-leading insights on what's good and what's not in edtech, including the key gaps and blind spots in the market, points of oversaturation, usage trends, and what teachers really want. Teachers use a variety of digital tools in supporting English language learners (ELLs). Equity * Access * Learning: Broadband 2.0.

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

edWeb.net

In addition, PD leaders can’t possibly provide appropriate professional learning on using tools in the classroom when no two teachers have the same ones. Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

techlearning

CatchOn provides unprecedented and critical visibility into what's happening across school systems' networks, meaning district leaders can make evidence-based, real-time decisions about digital resources and application usage. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Larry Hogan (R) declared via executive order that beginning in September 2017, the Maryland school year won’t start until after Labor Day – a decision that prompted sharp criticism from school leaders, who are accusing Hogan of favoring the tourism industry over education.” Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ProPublica on “ Discrimination by Design ” in digital technologies.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 10th, 2014 Children want the same things we want. Dr. Seuss The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Challenges to accreditation and certification and the steady drumbeat of “everyone should learn to code” are connected to politics as well as to the business of ed-tech. 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). Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services.