Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

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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. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural 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,” presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools. Related content: 7 broadband best practices. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

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.

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. First, the presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to provide students with a competitive education.

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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The results show that school leaders place a high priority on cyber security and broadband / network capacity. Also, continuing the trend of previous years, budget constraints remain a top challenge for school technology leaders. Top findings from the report: Cyber security and broadband / network capacity are the top priorities for IT leaders. Integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function in schools.

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. Even though many schools are already embracing the benefits that edtech provides, many others still aren’t taking advantage of these opportunities. Edtech needs to be cost-effective and help reduce overall costs to schools. Adding edtech to the mix may mean extra work, but it’s all worth it.

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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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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. based membership association will no longer hold its annual education technology conferences, once staple events for industry leaders. It was essentially the go-to association for the edtech industry.”

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. Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband. Education Technology Higher Education

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

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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

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Jaime is a passionate technology enthusiast and author. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

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As the years pass, the gap between Jennifer’s and Maria’s access to technology widens: Jennifer has everything she needs at her fingertips, while Maria does not. But it’s not just Maria who is falling behind due to her lack of access to educational technology and resources. Only 60 percent of these families had access to computers or broadband internet at home. Education funders must invest in gap-closing edtech solutions. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

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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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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. Now adding to that list is one of the most thorough efforts—a new survey from Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund , a nonprofit that provides grants to education technology and innovation efforts.

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. Schools spent a decade buying technology. Education technology reached a tipping point in the last decade. Will edtech be caught up in a backlash against ‘big tech’ over data privacy?

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

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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)

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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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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.

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

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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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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. . EdTech spoke with Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus about which tools schools are using and what teachers should be looking for in assessment and content tools. EDTECH: Why the growth in assessments?

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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.

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)

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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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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.

?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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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. During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.

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

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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 21st century learning or are left behind. During a recent webinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.

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.

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

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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.”.

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

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To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms.

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.