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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. Broadband’s Big Picture. Links to Local Learning.

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. Tell us about your journey from working in telecom, economic development, and now the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology in Nevada.

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This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention

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schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. Teachers themselves report a lack of confidence using technology tools in the classroom.

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. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

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?

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.”.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. was a technological no man’s land, with no dedicated central staff?, of technology in practice.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete. Even as many traditional textbook providers are transitioning to digital formats, paper and ink have proved stubbornly resilient. Digital versions are made available for free. “We

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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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.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

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

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it.

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

As a former school superintendent, and as the current head of the School Superintendents Association (AASA), I know firsthand that staying ahead of the curve when it comes to high technology isn’t easy. The digital concept is so important for our schools today.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. This work can potentially impact policy changes related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the ever changing individual needs of students in the digital age.”.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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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. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

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

eSchool News

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.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

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boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference.

Three Things We Learned at Khan Academy Over the Last Decade

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This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. They inform my day-to-day work as well as the important learnings I’ll take forward for years to come. Most were near our offices in Silicon Valley so that we could learn from them firsthand.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. There is more and more pressure to eliminate as many non-digital learning activities as possible, both at home and in the classroom.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

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E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. According to the report, 83 percent of schools now have adequate wi-fi in place to support 1:1 learning environments. The report also found that 42 percent of districts have also upgraded their existing broadband at little or no extra cost. million students without the minimum bandwidth to access digital learning tools.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

” This rarely noticed charge helps fund a variety of programs that enable families, libraries, and schools to stay connected. 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.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

While opportunities to advance technology-enabled or -enhanced school reform and improvement efforts appear throughout ESSA (and are in no way precluded as a strategy anywhere in the bill), it is Title IV that presents the most direct opportunity for state leadership. Offering online learning?

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

Education Superhighway

As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. However, with digital learning opening new opportunities for students and teachers, schools and libraries must continue to utilize the program to prepare their networks for the future — and we want to help.

Forecasting the Future of ED’s Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos

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Within ED, one of the busiest teams has been the Office of Educational Technology (OET). Under the Obama administration, this office spearheaded efforts around increasing broadband access for schools and libraries, expanding the use of open educational resources through the #GoOpen campaign, and improving teacher preparation programs. DeVos herself has said that technology can play a role in classrooms. Education Technology Government Policy

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

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Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. Of the 2.3 million U.S. students not yet connected to high-speed internet, 1.9

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

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Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm of Common Sense Media, and SETDA will work together this year and in 2016 and 2017 to encourage digital leaders to file applications for E-rate program funding.

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

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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. I don’t need us frivolously spending it on flavor-of-the-month technology and programs.”.

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools

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The software provides a combination of simple classroom control tools, student safety features and network administration tools to help New York schools deliver effective digital learning environments. Austin, TX, Oct.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

The Politics of Education Technology

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” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

CatchOn Wins Second Consecutive Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Award

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a software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards. To learn more about Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Awards, which is in its fifth year, click here.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. They learned how to manipulate various Photoshop Elements tools to crop, select, paint and fill select areas of their work with contrast colors.

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How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. Fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can scale cost-effectively to meet growing bandwidth needs.