E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

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E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. When Tulare City School District officials wanted to provide Google Chromebooks to every student, they knew the wireless network wasn’t up to the job. The FCC also raised the cap on annual E-rate discounts from $2.4

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The E-Rate Aftermath

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What Good is E-Rate Modernization if Schools Can’t Pay for What’s Connected to Broadband? The dust is starting to settle from the recent changes to the federal E-Rate program.

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Q&A: How the Virginia DOE and Orange County Leveraged E-rate

Education Superhighway

The Virginia Department of Education’s Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Susan Clair, spearheads the effort to ensure school leaders are aware of the E-rate program, funding, tools and resources needed for a successful broadband upgrade. We recently went Google two years ago and see a big increase in bandwidth from that. The Government agreed to cover cost percentages that weren’t covered by E-rate and the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA).

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

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Kajeet ’s ConnectEdNow campaign , announced in June, aims to make broadband access more affordable by providing students with portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices, a $200 mobile device subsidy and discounted data plans from Verizon , T-Mobile and other LTE providers.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

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As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. David Andrade is a K–12 Strategy Specialist and Google Apps/Chromebooks specialist on the education strategy team for CDW·G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Gabe Soumakian: With E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and more taking place at once, what are you looking at in terms of changes to the way you’re funding technology these days? Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

But faster, more affordable broadband could help students navigate the effects of global warming evident in their own backyards. Eighth-graders Avril Seppilu, 13, right, and Tia Prentice, 13, left, listen during a Google Hangouts Meet video call to students in Hawaii.

Digital Equity: Who Is Responsible?

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However, most of our time, focus, and resources are concentrated on at-school connections -- a sensible strategy when the state of technology at school has been severely lacking (see CoSN's 2014 E-Rate and Infrastructure Survey ). Next Century Cities , a new effort from the Ford Foundation, focuses on getting mayors to commit their cities to lead Next Generation broadband. This blog is the second in a series on digital equity from CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

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A student in New York uses Google Docs on her classroom iPad to discuss themes in the class’s latest book with her group. To buy Chromebooks, the most-purchased device on the ed tech market , school districts can check prices from Google, Acer, Samsung, HP and others.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?


From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Benjamin Herold: One of the biggest, almost invisible federal funding streams for schools and libraries is the E-rate program.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

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But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company. E-Rate has been, since the origin of the fund in 1996, the main way in which schools and libraries were supposedly guaranteed “reasonable rates” on telecommunications services. million in E-Rate rebates.). In February, CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, called broadband access outside of school a “ civil right ” for students.

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates.