Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

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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. Our teachers told us they needed a faster, more reliable system to take advantage of all of the great digital instructional resources and other technology-based education tools and supports that are available.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016, with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. “It’s Next page: Better broadband affordability). Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsEighty-eight percent of U.S.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

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. Determining the amount of bandwidth to budget for should be based on your district’s learning goals and the technology you plan to use to support them. What are your learning goals?

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband.

States cut in half the number of K-12 students lacking high-speed broadband

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A new report from EducationSuperHighway highlights K-12 broadband gains but says more work is needed to deliver digital tools to 11.6 42 governors are leading K-12 broadband upgrades that have helped halve the number of students lacking adequate access to digital learning tools in the past year, according to a new report. Uncategorized digital learning digital tools high-speed broadband internet conectivity report telecommunications

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?

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

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. These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful. Machine Learning and Analysis.

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. Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

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. The goal is simple: transparency regarding school district broadband and bandwidth pricing data in an effort to help school districts get more bandwidth for their broadband budgets. Next page: District success stories and highlights of the new tool).

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? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more. Tips & Tools School boards

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. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

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

Education Superhighway

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.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. State leaders were less surprised to learn that, on average, there are only about six devices for every 10 Utah students, or that the wireless infrastructure is not adequate in many schools. They commissioned a school technology inventory that was completed by Connected Nation , a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring affordable broadband to all Americans.

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

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. We have also seen that information sharing and price transparency between school districts has a significant positive impact on ensuring all school districts receive enough bandwidth to support digital learning.

Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

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. Our State of the States analyses also show, while less than 300,000 teachers had the tools they needed in 2013, approximately 1.7

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

Education Superhighway

As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. 100 kbps per student may have been sufficient bandwidth when there were only 520 students and few devices, but as the student population and technology use grew, so did the district’s need for more robust broadband. With this approach, the excitement about the newly digitized curriculum was contagious amongst teachers.

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.”.

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

eSchool News

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. Digital Learning and Tools IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

3, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the FCC to use its authority to help close the homework gap where students still need broadband access in order to complete homework assignments. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News

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. And now, school districts across the nation are able to improve digital learning opportunities and expand wi-fi for teachers and students. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate Featured on eSchool News IT Management Networking & Broadband News

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. “The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R.

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. This incredible progress means many of America’s schools now have the same connectivity as top performing schools across the globe, giving their students the tools they need to prepare for and compete for 21 st century jobs. Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.

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!

Five strategies for using classroom technology

eSchool News

Technology and digital media continue to represent a powerful pathway for advancing the goals of education, including raising academic achievement and preparing students for college and career, according to a new study released by the Center for Promise , the research arm of America’s Promise Alliance. Best Practices News Broadband and internet Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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. The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Education is going digital. This means many more schools have the capacity to provide broadband speeds to the school door. Rising Digital Inequity.

New tool helps districts compare bandwidth pricing

eSchool News

21 launched a beta version of Compare & Connect K-12, an online tool that makes the internet services that schools receive more transparent. Through Compare & Connect K-12, school district technology directors and superintendents can easily view broadband pricing and bandwidth information for school districts across the country. Users can explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband service pricing with nearby school districts in a specific location or across the country.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and EducationSuperHighway announce partnership to bring high-speed broadband to all Texas schools

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The partnership advances Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath’s vision of a world-class K-12 public school system that provides high-quality digital learning opportunities for all students; a vision only achievable when every classroom in Texas is equipped with robust connectivity. With billions of dollars in new FCC funding for K-12 broadband, governors and state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lead their schools into the 21st century.

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. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter McClatchy Networking & Broadband News Top NewsState House of Representatives passes unanimous vote to fund increased wireless networks.

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.

IT leaders expect steady increase in digital materials

FETC Converge

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

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

eSchool News

The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. As more and more school districts implement digital and web-based learning programs requiring students to work on assignments outside the classroom, millions of low-income students are finding themselves caught in a widening digital divide. To learn more about the Homework Gap and the Real Action Heroes, visit [link].

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

Education Superhighway

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.

School leadership toolkit targets digital equity

eSchool News

CoSN’s new tools aim to solve ‘homework gap’ and help students benefit from digital learning. A new toolkit aims to improve digital equity in school systems across the nation by helping district leaders develop thoughtful and measured strategies to narrow the homework gap in their communities. School leaders must work with their communities to ensure digital equity and enable all students to benefit from learning that is increasingly delivered digitally.”.