Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

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She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program. Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

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Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

The History of the Future of E-rate

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The FCC plays a particularly important role in regulating the telecommunications industry, and as such, it has provided oversight for the various technologies long touted as “revolutionizing” education – radio, television , the Internet. Arguably, E-rate is one of the key pieces of ed-tech-related legislation in the US, and as such it’s worth examining its origins, its successes, and its failures. A History of E-rate Legislation.

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. This means many more schools have the capacity to provide broadband speeds to the school door. Impact of E-rate Changes.

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Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access


And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. If the coronavirus keeps schools shuttered into the fall, it may be better to start improving the country’s physical broadband infrastructure as a way to ensure lasting connectivity. Emergency online teaching.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

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In its recent 2014 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report , the FCC stated that, “the launch of a new generation of Ka band satellites represents an important advance in consumer-based satellite service which will benefit those consumers under-served by terrestrial alternatives.”

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

The proposed legislation received support across the ed-tech industry after it was announced. Through E-Rate, the Federal Communications Commission reinvested in digitally connecting all U.S. ” Broadband and internet Digital Learning and Tools Legislation News Top News

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How one state used matching funds to increase access

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As the State E-rate Director, Milan Eaton has been working on the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative since it began in 2016. Tell us about your journey from working in the telecom industry to your role now as State E-rate Director for the Arizona Department of Education.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


But it’s a move both the industry and founder and CEO Evan Marwell are celebrating. District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

What led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access, and what motivates you most about your role as Director of Instructional Policy and State E-rate Coordinator at DESE?

How a New Hampshire Tech Director Convinced His School District to Upgrade to Fiber

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With a Master’s Degree in Education in Instructional Technology, he understood both the technical nuances of school broadband and the real-life implications of classroom connectivity. In doing so, he learned about E-rate and its importance in funding a school district’s Internet access.

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. There’s barely any [industry] now that you can enter that doesn’t utilize the computer,” she said.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech


Moving to the cloud can be good for both vendors and schools It is in the interests of the edtech industry for educators to feel confident about using technology. But while most industry experts agree the cloud is not intrinsically more secure, underfunded and understaffed district IT departments cannot win this fast moving game of cat and mouse without a lot of outside help.

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


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. Take Deer Isle-Stonington High School , off the coast of Maine, as one example : Students participate in credit-bearing projects with local fishermen and boat builders to gain academic and practical skills and to better understand Deer Isle’s thriving lobster industry.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

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If we intend to prepare students for the jobs of the modern economy, ensuring high-speed broadband access is a crucial first step. High-speed broadband equalizes educational opportunity and accelerates learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

billion was spent on devices by K-12 schools in 2015, and the Software and Information Industry Association estimates that nearly $8.4 And EducationSuperHighway brought pricing transparency to school district broadband purchasing.

Education's Online Futures

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Coursera also brought on a new CEO : Jeff Maggioncalda, whose previous job was in the financial planning industry. The Post and Courier reported on South Carolina’s charter schools this summer, noting that their graduation rate is half of that at traditional schools – just 42%. Of course, you can always put a positive spin on any of this: “The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? broadband privacy rules.”


The Politics of Education Technology

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It treats “ed-tech” as the result of markets and industry and “innovation,” and not as the result of policy or history. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). “ There is no ‘technology industry’ ,” technology writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash wrote in August. Put simply, every industry and every sector of society is powered by technology today, and being transformed by the choices made by technologists.