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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance. E-rate provides $3.9 E-rate Category One funding is invaluable.

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What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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

eSchool News

As the world undergoes a digital transformation—with connectivity and access to computers and mobile devices playing an increasingly prominent role in everyone’s lives—elementary schools know they need to incorporate technology in the educational process to prepare their students for future success.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

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.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states,” said Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana. “We We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].” They turned to E-rate, the $3.9

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. The Hatch Valley schools receive the FCC’s E-Rate initiative, which reimburses schools and libraries for expenses related to internet access.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

Edsurge

But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments. That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders. Things like infrastructure, professional development and the actual purchase of technology equipment will continue to top the list on a technology budget, Krueger says.

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Texas district upgrades fiber optic network

eSchool News

CFISD is building a 100G network with the vision of providing students and staff ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ broadband access so they can easily interact and collaborate with peers and engage in distance learning initiatives.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

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.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

That was one frustrating situation Jean Tower recalls encountering when she started as director of technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough , Massachusetts, about six years ago. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?”

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

“What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district. “If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says.

Montana Tech Director Uses Compare & Connect K-12 To Get More Bandwidth For District

Education Superhighway

Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana, was in a bind. “We We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].”. We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states.

How to Address Digital Equity

techlearning

Supported by the 2014 modernization of the federal government’s E-Rate program and state funding efforts, a majority of schools now meet the FCC’s short term connectivity goal of 100 Mbps/1000 students. Promote Low Cost Broadband Offerings 3. Deploy Mobile Hotspot Programs 4.

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

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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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Digital Equity: Who Is Responsible?

Graphite Blog

Most educators and policy makers understand that equity is key to ensuring technology narrows rather than widens achievement gaps. "Anytime, anywhere" learning has been core to the vision of education technology leaders since the Internet, laptops, and mobile devices entered the classroom. With insufficient technology funding, the focus of our limited resources has remained on the classroom.

Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

In a sneak peek of the results from the forthcoming CoSN third annual E-Rate & Broadband Survey, which will be available by mid-October, the vast majority of U.S. school districts continue to report they are not currently doing anything to address technology access outside of school; 75 percent reported "no action" vs. 82 percent last year. Step 4: Seek mobile-hot-spot programs. Step 5: Take advantage of special broadband offerings.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

“ Andrew Ng Wants a New ‘New Deal’ to Combat Job Automation ,” said MIT Technology Review. Students want to be able to enroll quickly, it found; they want access to financial aid and other services immediately; they want to know if their credits will transfer; they want to be able to access course and school information via their mobile phone. Of course, you can always put a positive spin on any of this: “The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates?

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