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Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

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Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. A full copy of the report is available on the SETDA website.

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CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

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CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. Cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity are tied for the top priorities for IT leaders in 2018, while budget constraints were marked as one of the most pressing challenges for a fourth straight year. Data-driven instruction and decision-making broke into the top three this year, joining broadband and network security, which jumped one place to the top spot, and cybersecurity, which jumped two spots to become No.

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

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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].” Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

Survey: Cyber Security, Broadband and Budget Key Concerns for School Tech Leaders

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CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today released the findings from its 2018 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report. The results show that school leaders place a high priority on cyber security and broadband / network capacity. edtech Ed Tech Ticker Research Policy News

SIIA, a Pioneering Convenor for the Edtech Industry, Scraps Its Conferences

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What was once the premier, must-go conference in the education technology industry is now going away. Last week, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that its education technology group will no longer operate as its own division beginning July 1.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

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When new trends become the norm, report findings sometimes elicit more shrugs than surprise. In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

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With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report.

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From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

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In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. Echoing wider soul searching over technology’s polarizing role in politics and society, the education technology scene has been doing its own reckoning. Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better.

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention

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schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. Teachers themselves report a lack of confidence using technology tools in the classroom.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. Edtech. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. Edtech. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. education technology companies raised $1.45 edtech startups in 2017. And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools. Lear(R)n , the company behind the digital LearnPlatform, has recently released its second annual EdTech Top 40 list , which includes everything from assessment tools to operational platforms. .

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

While opportunities to advance technology-enabled or -enhanced school reform and improvement efforts appear throughout ESSA (and are in no way precluded as a strategy anywhere in the bill), it is Title IV that presents the most direct opportunity for state leadership.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. EdTech News News new

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To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

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In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively. The problem is that many schools haven’t figured out how to leverage technology to accelerate and enrich learning. For many schools, this isn’t for lack of technology.

Edtech Networking Conference Wraps Up Year

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“It’s not about left wing, right wing -- it’s about giving kids a set of wings,” self-proclaimed policy optimist Gerard Robinson, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, shared with this year's audience at the NY EdTech Week. A pre-event kick off party marked the debut of "the Edtech Factory," a co-working facility managed by entrepreneur-investor John Katzman and his Noodle Companies. Fallon Wilson contributed to this report.

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

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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. But when it comes to the biggest stories of the year thus far, what are the writers themselves—education reporters—reading and thinking about? Increasingly, that means broadband. Finally, let’s talk covering the edtech sphere.

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Future Trends Forum and Gardner Campbell in Campus Technology

Bryan Alexander

A new Campus Technology article does an astonishing job of summarizing my recent Future Trends Forum discussion with Gardner Campbell. David Rath reports, synthesizes, and reflects with admirable detail and thoughtfulness. It’s a matter of wrestling with rural broadband.). Campus Technology , EdTech Digest , and more: it’s exciting to see this rapidly growing Forum attract media interest and partnership.

Future Trends Forum and Gardner Campbell in Campus Technology

Bryan Alexander

A new Campus Technology article does an astonishing job of summarizing my recent Future Trends Forum discussion with Gardner Campbell. David Rath reports, synthesizes, and reflects with admirable detail and thoughtfulness. It’s a matter of wrestling with rural broadband.). Campus Technology , EdTech Digest , and more: it’s exciting to see this rapidly growing Forum attract media interest and partnership.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition).

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?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

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The San Francisco-based nonprofit’s most recent report, 2016 State of the States , is one part of that process. million more students than in last year’s report, and a staggering 30.9 E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. According to the report, 83 percent of schools now have adequate wi-fi in place to support 1:1 learning environments.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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The company reported revenue of 14 billion rupees (about USD$196.89 This makes Byju’s one of the rare unicorns in education technology and the fourth most valuable privately held company in India. Education Technology Tutoring Edtech Business

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. EdTech News News news

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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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). fund to boost technology for kids | Belgrade News → The idea behind the initiative is to set up every student in the district with their own computing device.

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Common Sense Survey: Homework Gets More Digital for Teens and Tweens

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Common Sense is weighing in on kids’ use of media in a detailed new report this week. But the takeaways for educators and the edtech industry are most obvious in the sections on homework. Only 23 percent of them report watching YouTube Kids.

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3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

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Here are three different areas of connectivity K–12 IT teams may want to consider when deciding how to configure their schools’ networks: MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 schools are preparing their infrastructures for IoT integration! Individual Classroom Technology Use.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

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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. EducationSuperHighway’s report details two other critical steps.

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

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Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN. The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Uncategorized ed tech edtech education technology Educational technology technology

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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It is essential that edtech leaders engage in candid discussions with crucial district stakeholders to identify critical digital equity barriers such as access, connectivity, and opportunities. This edWebinar was sponsored by The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).