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

The challenges of broadband access in rural schools

eSchool News

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. During the edWebinar “Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools.

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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. During the edWebinar “ Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” the presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools.

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. We’re thrilled to share that two of our partners were profiled for their forward-thinking use of technology.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

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

5 Tips for schools to harness the power of edtech in the classroom

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A version of this post was originally published on April 4th, 2019 on Education Technology. Technology has the power to harness real change and bring education to life. Edtech needs to be cost-effective and help reduce overall costs to schools.

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Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side.

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Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing

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Despite the influx of capital, employers, schools and policymakers are only just beginning to harness the sector’s advancements in the delivery, accessibility and effectiveness of education technology. But the proliferation of technology does not come without concerns.

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

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

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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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

Q&A: Looking to the Future of Classroom Tech with Tom Murray

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith One of EdTech's 2015 Top 50 K–12 IT bloggers talks about the technologies that are creating sweeping changes in the industry. Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Policies Wireless

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. Technology Leadership.

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Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

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As I ventured into new roles and collaborated with policy makers, edtech developers, teacher trainers and thought leaders, my approach and enthusiasm for this vision expanded. Access to New Education Technology and Resources We’ve seen some incredible progress from districts over the past few years in this area. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning. But just as technology presents exciting opportunities, it also carries complications.

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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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.

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. Blog EdTech News News news

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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.

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

EdTech Magazine

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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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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Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. By asking three key questions, leaders can get a better sense of their K-12 edtech ecosystem.

Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors

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But through learning how to code, she believes that experience offers an even more important lesson to today’s education and technology companies: don’t forget about senior citizens. Today’s education technology products overwhelmingly target young people. The perspective of senior citizens is that even if technology is good, it is hard to pick up and keep up with new technologies,” said Wakamiya in a speech at the Edvation x Summit this week in Tokyo.

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.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Just when many school districts were starting to feel good about their wireless coverage and internet bandwidth, they face yet another question about technology infrastructure: how good are their defenses against hacking, or what’s more formally known as “cybercrime”? Given that education funding is not likely to increase significantly anytime soon, IT departments need to seek the most cost effective ways to deliver secure technology to their users.

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 news

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Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access.

Edtech Needs More Infrastructure, Educator Support in 2017

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education technology agenda. Much work remains to be done to realize the full potential of education technology. While device penetration is increasing and edtech products are proliferating, adequate infrastructure in schools lags behind. only to discover that there wasn’t adequate broadband to execute the lesson. What if we could provide all schools with affordable consultants and researchers to aid in the edtech selection process?

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Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

Edsurge

Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. edtech industry. We’re seeing broadband deployment scale across the world, and an enlightenment from institutional investors to the fact that web-based software will be used globally in education,” Patterson observes. That will further strengthen the case for early-stage edtech investing.”.

How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

eSchool News

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21st century learning or are left behind.

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

Edsurge

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.

Learning As We Go: Looking Back on the EdSurge 2016 ‘State of Edtech’ Report

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Here’s where we started: Last January, we embarked a project that aimed to look at edtech’s role in the changing picture of K-12 education through three different lenses: through the perspective of investors, entrepreneurs and teachers. We called it “The State of EdTech: Forces and Trends Shaping K12 Edtech” report. Part One: The Trends Our initial survey focused on the big trends that all these players saw shaping education 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. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community Startups