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.

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.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

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Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace. Looking forward, 1 Mbps per student is the minimum recommended bandwidth for digital learning to ensure your students have adequate connectivity now and into the future. Set intentional technology goals.

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

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.

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.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

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As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? Learn more.

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

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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?

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.

“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

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. More… Uncategorized digital learning high-speed broadband K-12 WAN recommendations wireless infrastructure

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.

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?

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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. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. We knew most districts and schools would respond, but a 100-percent response rate shows that technology is a high priority for education leaders throughout the state,” he said.

Five strategies for using classroom technology

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New paper from Center for Promise highlights best technology practices gleaned from school districts. Next page: The five key takeaways for classroom technology. Best Practices News Broadband and internet Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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

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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.

Governor Mary Fallin announces initiative to bring high-speed broadband to all Oklahoma schools

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Today we joined Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as she announced the Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative , a coordinated effort to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to schools across the state. I am proud to establish the Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative,” said Governor Fallin. We look forward to partnering with each of them to provide broadband network upgrade assistance to school districts across the state.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

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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. Students learn through interactive courses that involve video, active creativity, and real-time feedback from their teachers.

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!). It is time for E-Rate to graduate and move to the next phase of learning.”.

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

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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. Here’s what we learned. North Carolina has been supporting digital learning longer than many other states. A Vision for Digital Learning. Student learning: Yes!

Virginia State Project: Initial data analysis highlights broadband opportunities for divisions

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This past spring, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the state of Virginia and EducationSuperHighway to work toward ensuring that all Virginia public schools have equal and affordable access to broadband technology.

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

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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.

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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Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

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That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. With ongoing collaboration and learning, I have gained a refreshed understanding of what’s needed to achieve our goals, and I remain committed to educational equity. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning.

Rural New Mexico school district upgrades to fiber; gives students greater access to digital learning

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According to David Verschueren, the school district’s Technology Director, “streaming instructional videos was a big issue for our teachers. Also, teachers were asking to use more instructional programs to help students with their unique [learning] needs – but they all required the Internet.”. As a result of the fiber upgrade, teachers in Jal are now able to offer their students full access to digital learning.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

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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.

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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Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

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Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school.

IT leaders expect steady increase in digital materials

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Technology leaders at the K-12 and higher ed levels said they expect more digital learning tools in their schools and on their campuses, but they also expressed concerns over having enough manpower to handle increased technology demands. Uncategorized broadband networks digital educational materials digital learning information technology learning tools

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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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.

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. Chesteen’s bill would take $12 million from a state fund for school technology to pay for the match.

EducationSuperHighway joins New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry to focus on expanding broadband to more schools

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EducationSuperHighway was honored to join together with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry this week at an event at the Ellis School in Fremont to highlight the work being done in the Granite State towards expanding broadband to more schools in every community.

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.

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. Leverage special broadband offerings.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

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How are rural schools, which face logistical obstacles unheard of in more urban districts, finding ways to provide their students with technology? The access to technology that students have is just as varied as the students and schools themselves. After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices.

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.