Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Broadband’s Big Picture. Croix River Education District.

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. 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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7 things supporting broadband best practices

eSchool News

State leadership can have a powerful impact on broadband best practices in K-12 schools–and a new report highlights success stories and strong policies supporting broadband connectivity. In order to provide personalized learning experiences for students to best prepare them for college and careers, and to compete in a global economy, all schools need access to reliable, high-speed broadband,” says SETDA’s incoming Executive Director, Candice Dodson.

Broadband expands equitable access to education, workforce prep

eSchool News

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education–especially in smaller and remote school districts. Broadband’s big picture.

Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students

The Christensen Institute

From broadband to broad supports. This range of out-of-school challenges is inspiring an array of heroic solutions on the part of enterprising superintendents, dedicated educators, and generous volunteers. Education Blog

Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband

Education Superhighway

In order to make this and other digital learning opportunities a reality for students, the state needed to increase broadband connectivity in classrooms. Arkansas is now the first state to meet the Federal Communication Commission’s school broadband goal of 1 Mbps per student, providing enough bandwidth to make digital learning a reality in every classroom, every day. The post Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

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

Edsurge

The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. And as video dominates online instruction, more educators need easy-to-use resources for video creation. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections.

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. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Untethered Broadband, Enhanced Professional Development and Other Major Ed Tech Trends for 2021

EdTech Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic upended education in 2020, sending more students home to learn virtually and bringing new concepts such as hybrid learning to the mainstream.

Ohio districts move to gigabit broadband

eSchool News

Corporate program aims to leverage gigabit broadband speeds to boost personalized learning. Fifteen K-12 school districts in Ohio will receive ultra-fast gigabit broadband speeds in an effort to personalize instruction for students. Consolidated Electric Cooperative will use the ultra-fast broadband to provide schools with the speed and bandwidth needed to keep up with technology demands and comply with local education mandates, including the move to online testing.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to auction off part of the wireless spectrum reserved for education. It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

eSchool News

All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. All 173 districts in Kentucky will have access to high-speed, fiber-based connectivity of more than 480 Megabits per second thanks to a partnership between the state department of education and AT&T. This new connectivity exceeds a national network infrastructure benchmark of 100 Mbps, which was set by the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN. They also underscore why school systems need strong networks and robust, affordable broadband access to fully leverage 21st century educational opportunities. These strides demonstrate the impact of the E-Rate modernization, as well as state investments in rural broadband.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. 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.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

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. Related content: 7 broadband best practices. The presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to give students a competitive education. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

Broadband For All

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend I was traveling through rural southern Virginia and Tennessee and saw signs encouraging law makers to consider legislation "encouraging" providers to expand broadband networks and heard a story out of southern Kentucky about students in distance learning programs were struggling because of the lack of access to high-speed Internet. The FCC recently unveiled the National Broadband Plan which aims to bring high-speed Internet into every home and school in the country.

Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project

eSchool News

Novatel Wireless, Kajeet launch pilot project for educational broadband access. Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind

Marketplace K-12

Congressional lawmakers this week started working on the next coronavirus stimulus package, which will have major funding implications for K-12 education. The post Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind appeared first on Market Brief.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. In New Mexico, more than 30 percent of state districts lack high-speed school broadband.

K-12 Districts to Get Price Transparency on Broadband Rates With New Tool

Marketplace K-12

Compare & Connect K-12, a free website that allows educators to compare how much they pay for broadband services against neighboring districts' costs, was launched by EducationSuperhighway. The post K-12 Districts to Get Price Transparency on Broadband Rates With New Tool appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 bandwidth broadband E-rate EducationSuperhighway price transparency

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace. Our research has shown that school districts across the country pay vastly different prices for similar broadband services. Tools like EducationSuperHighway’s broadband price transparency website Compare & Connect K-12 can equip your team with data to negotiate better pricing. The post Planning for your school district’s broadband budget appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes. Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

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. To assess those filling current IT leadership roles, the survey also delved into the respondents’ professional backgrounds, education and years of experience.

[UPDATED] Top Educational Websites Your Students are ACTUALLY Visiting

Kajeet

There you have it, the top 10 educational websites students visit from 2018 (Jan. Students who access wireless Internet through either the Kajeet SmartSpot ® (Wi-Fi hotspot) or Kajeet SmartBus ™ (school bus Wi-Fi) solutions can only access educational content. Since these solutions are school-issued devices, it's important for educators to see how their students use them. Mobile Broadband Tools and Tips SmartSpot

Personalized learning, broadband equity in rural areas fraught with hurdles

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® At the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2017 Leadership Summit, a number of E-rate coordinators and technology directors agreed that rural schools are falling behind their more urban and suburban counterparts in providing broadband access and personalized learning to K-12 students. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure high-speed broadband Internet access personalized learning

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

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.”.

11 facts about today’s K-12 IT leadership

eSchool News

Broadband access and the ever-growing equity gap are among K-12 IT leaders’ top concerns, according to CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey. Efforts to expand broadband access outside of school have increased dramatically.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. It is our core belief that with access to accurate, transparent data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology. We saw how increased broadband speeds in our schools can play a transformational role for education and set a new paradigm for Indian education.”

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Education Superhighway

Last week, Fort Smith Schools became the first Arkansas school district to connect to the state’s newly upgraded K-12 education network. The majority of Arkansas’ 276 school districts and educational cooperatives will be connected to higher speeds within the next year, and all but two by July 2017. The post Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network appeared first on EducationSuperHighway

Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?

eSchool News

How K-12 school districts can help extend broadband access to their surrounding communities. When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.

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. Whether it’s used for homework-assignment web searches, streamed video tutorials, educational apps or collaborative multimedia projects, fast internet at home is rapidly turning into a necessity for America’s students. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Having high-speed Internet is not just about meeting standards, however: it’s about offering students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background or geographic location. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

3G, 4G, 5G: What the Ever-Evolving Wireless Networks Mean for K-12 Education

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Data and TrendsNinety-two percent of school districts currently meet the FCC’s E-Rate Modernization Order of providing 100 Mbps (megabits per second) per 1,000 students for all of their schools, according to the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2018-2019 Annual Infrastructure Report. And that just addresses the short-term goal. The long-term goal is 100 Gbps (billions of bits per second) per 1,000 students.

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