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Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

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All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. This new connectivity exceeds a national network infrastructure benchmark of 100 Mbps, which was set by the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

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. Building the Digital Dream.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

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Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

School leadership toolkit targets digital equity

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CoSN’s new tools aim to solve ‘homework gap’ and help students benefit from digital learning. Ensuring equitable access to technology inside and outside the classroom is the civil rights issue of today. Seek mobile hotspot and/or affordable LTE programs.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

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.

EnGenius introduces K-12 schools to a new network solution

eSchool News

EnGenius Technologies, Inc., Neutron Series APs can be quickly and easily added to the network as digital learning initiatives expand the number of devices on the network or demand additional bandwidth for advanced applications.

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.

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

EdTech Magazine

School districts across the country are under pressure to get the biggest bang for the buck, and the federal E-rate program is a way to address internet connectivity needs cost-­effectively, while supporting the growing use of mobile computing devices and digital learning in classrooms.

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3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. Students were excited about learning. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

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But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments. That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders. Things like infrastructure, professional development and the actual purchase of technology equipment will continue to top the list on a technology budget, Krueger says.

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What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

A recent order to modernize E-rate , the first update to the plan in nearly two decades, doesn’t increase the annual cap, but it does promise extra money for Wi-Fi and broadband access, two priorities of the Obama administration. The Federal Communications Commission set aside an additional $2 billion over the next two years to help schools upgrade their Internet connections so that those connections meet the standards set out by the State Education Technology Directors Association.

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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.

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

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. 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. “The explosion in teacher interest and usage of videos and game-based learning could be a harbinger of a new awakening for digital learning” said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a statement.

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Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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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.

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? Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino’s advisor on emerging 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.