How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

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By EdTech Staff E-Rate changes help ensure schools can spend funds effectively. Classroom Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity

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Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. By Heather B. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks Wireless

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E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway attended the Middle Grande Rio Rancho Tribal Groundbreaking Ceremony to honor everyone’s hard work in getting fiber infrastructure to pueblo communities. “What brought us here is the desire to do better for our students.

These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

eSchool News

Textbooks and blackboards have become a thing of the past in K-12 schools as educators collaborate with IT teams to shape a full digital core curriculum as part of their educational strategy for 2017 and beyond. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success).

7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice.

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. E-rate allowed for a lot of growth in connectivity,” she said. “It

Help on your E-rate Form 471 Application – Webinar dates announced

Education Superhighway

In light of recent changes to the E-rate program, we’re working to help ensure the accuracy of this year’s Category 1 applications. To address these issues, we put together a resource page and created a list of helpful tips for filling out the Form 471 (see more below). Plus, we’re hosting webinars to walk through how to avoid mistakes on your Category 1 — Item 21 funding request.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

New toolkit to help schools increase fiber connections, affordably

eSchool News

A CoSN resource aims to help school tech leaders navigate new E-rate rules allowing for the use of dark fiber. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2014 took major steps to update the E-rate program, including increasing its annual funding to $3.9

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

How to Address Digital Equity

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The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. Below is an executive summary of the most recent update to its Digital Equity Initiative Toolkit. For the full list, go to [link].

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

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Consider this gap: some 99 percent of K-12 public schools and libraries in some form or fashion (thanks in large part to the E-Rate program) yet 30 percent of Americans.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway. Tips for Moving Forward on E-Learning.

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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!). Adapting to these changes takes time, leadership, and above all, resources.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

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.

How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

In 2016, EducationSuperHighway worked with the Virginia Department Of Education (VDOE) to hire an E-rate and school technology specialist. Tell us about how the K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP) began and your role in the program.

What your internet speed tells us about school connectivity

Education Superhighway

Every year, our organization aims to build a complete picture of every school district’s Internet speed and pricing information so that we can update our free tools and resources, which in turn support school leaders as they upgrade their networks. How to clarify your school connectivity data.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

Students continue to benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the formal school day thanks to a $1.5 billion increase in E-rate funding over the last 18 months. Clearly, there is a great deal of work that needs to be done to narrow the inequitable homework gap.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades.

Fiber or Cable? Making the Switch to Scalable High-Speed Connections

Education Superhighway

Though the amount of bandwidth each district needs depends, among other factors, on its size and location, every district can benefit from planning broadband infrastructure with growing technology demands in mind. How Much Bandwidth Is Needed To Support Today’s Classroom Technology?

How the Power of Tech Influenced a Superintendent to Upgrade Connectivity in Buellton

Education Superhighway

“We need to make sure there’s equal access [for] all kids. All kids need to have access to these tools… when that didn’t exist, it created this sense of urgency.” We have a pretty wide range of demographics.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. One of the students came into class and wanted to play a cool “nuclear war” game that he had played in the computer lab.

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. If it is higher, however, it may be time to search for a new provider or negotiate with your current one.

Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

School may just be getting back into session, but EducationSuperHighway has been working this summer to help school districts upgrade their networks so that their students can take advantage of digital learning when they return to the classroom. Understand the Broadband Landscape.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

MindShift

Schools across the country are nervously watching to see if the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal Obama-era regulations that protect an open internet, often referred to as “net neutrality.” ” The 2015 rules are meant to prevent internet providers, such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, from controlling what people can watch and see on the internet. “We’re trying to teach them those real-world skills,” she says.

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

As you work to set your district’s students and teachers up for success in the 2017-2018 school year, now’s a great time to consider their digital learning opportunities. Digital learning usage grows each year, requiring students to have reliable, fast connections in order to prepare sufficiently for future challenges like college and the job market. If it is higher, however, it may be time to search for a new provider or negotiate with your current one.

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

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. The Path to a Successful Upgrade.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

With big changes to federal funding models, pressing bandwidth needs (on campus and at home), and the everlasting conversation between IT and instruction departments, there’s a lot on their plates. Stuart Burt : When they changed E-rate a couple years ago, it was a learning curve.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

In rural districts, children and youth face profound obstacles—geographic isolation and long bus rides to school, frustratingly slow internet connections, limited course options, and low college-going rates. Specifically, only one-third of rural students matriculate in college compared to nearly half of urban students. And when it comes to teachers, the human capital pipeline runs relatively dry. How It Could Help.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We 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.

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This He anticipates needing to purchase around 2,000 to meet that goal.

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