Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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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.

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.

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How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. adults lost their main source of internet access as libraries started to shut down in March 2020.

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.”.

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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

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.

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.”

E-Rate coordinators risk losing funds for broadband projects

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® During the recent State Educational Technology Directors Association leadership summit, state E-Rate coordinators brought concerns about E-Rate funding directly to officials at the Federal Communications Commission. The provision allows a state to provide eligible schools and libraries with funding for special construction charges to deploy broadband networks.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. After years of research, Jojo and her team proposed solving the problem through community broadband upgrades – bringing together stakeholders across towns to build business cases for upgrades. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

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

Edsurge

And today, the organization that helped Hering’s district reach its bandwidth goals released Compare & Connect K-12 , a new free tool that CEO Evan Marwell says will help provide high-speed broadband at lower costs for school leaders looking to amp up students’ digital access. “We We spent a lot of time thinking about how we can improve the affordability [of broadband service for schools],” said Marwell, who was dubbed Visionary of the Year in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway applauds the Chairman and the Commissioners for ensuring that every school can connect to high-speed broadband, every classroom to Wi-Fi, and every student to a brighter, more connected future. Since 2012, EducationSuperHighway has worked closely with the White House, the Department of Education, the FCC, and numerous other partners to bring high-speed broadband to every classroom in America.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

MindShift

Hunter and her colleague Rachel Krumenacker at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had filmed the DIY craft on a Zoom call from their respective living rooms. The craft videos are part of the Chattanooga Public Libraries’ summer program for kids, called Make.

June 17th - Library 2.0 Mini-Conference on "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" - Speaker Listing

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). and at the Library 2.0

Federal Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality, Says Broadband Is a Utility

Marketplace K-12

In a 2-1 ruling announced Tuesday, a United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel upheld the FCC’s decision to treat broadband internet as a utility, thereby opening the service to heavier regulation. Telecommunications companies like Verizon and Comcast had argued that the provision of broadband is an information service, and that the agency’s regulations are unduly burdensome and raise Constitutional questions. By Leo Doran.

Mini-Conference for Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries - Wednesday, June 17th #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join the Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet. Krueger, CEO at CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking , said the fact that the modernized E-rate hones in on broadband and more robust networks is a net positive for K-12 IT departments and their CTOs. Broadband equity. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

That’s a problem because the data don’t lie: Two-thirds of all jobs and 80 percent of all “good” jobs (paying a median wage of $65,000) demand a postsecondary credential, according to research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Discovery Education Acquires Mystery Science in $140 Million Deal

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With billion-dollar fundraises on top of billion-dollar valuations , it’s no mystery that the education technology industry is attracting top dollars from investors. Talks with Discovery Education initially began with this in mind around the end of 2019, according to Schacht.

Districts say E-rate is critical to their learning goals

eSchool News

In the midst of leadership changes in the White House and the FCC, as well as education budget cuts, ed-tech stakeholders have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-rate program to deliver safe and proper broadband connections to students in the U.S. According to initial feedback from Funds For Learning’s annual E-rate applicant survey, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th - "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" Mini-Conference #library2020

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tomorrow is our second Library 2.020 mini-conference! Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join this Library 2.0

A Week From Today - Schedule Published for "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" Mini-Conference #library20 #smallruralindependent

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our second Library 2.020 mini-conference is just one week away! Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join this Library 2.0

Announcing the Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Open Data," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Please also join this Library 2.0 Please register as a member of the Library 2.0

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. We want to celebrate the extraordinary collaborations between educators and the private sector that have occurred because of ConnectED.

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Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap

eSchool News

It seems like our education system talks and talks about the inequities that exist between students and schools that are well-funded, well-supported, and well-granted, and those that struggle to keep the lights on, pay their staff, and run the HVAC. This is the chasm between the homes with and those without access to quality broadband. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News internet Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top News

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education. If you look at data from the National Center for Education Statistics, you can see steady gains made between 2000 and 2018. But the benefits of a higher education are not simply economic.

Flipping the higher ed new normal: from synchronous to asynchronous education

Bryan Alexander

I don’t have good enough stats to know what Zoom’s market share actually is in higher education.). This discursive emphasis on video in education is based on some reality. coronavirus education and technology

Keynote Panel Announced - Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the keynote panel for our second Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Open Data," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Please also join this Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Higher Education.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. public libraries.

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Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. and at the Library 2.0

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

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This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Maia Sharpley’s career in education includes serving in executive positions with the New York City Department of Education, Kaplan and Charter Schools USA.

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Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. His work has been instrumental in securing the Internet access all Maryland students need for an equitable and quality education. I had been working on the provider side of education for the ACT, Inc. Educational Technology Center as an IT Director. In that exchange, I made several suggestions on improving public education.