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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.

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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Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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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.

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.

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

Education leaders expect school internet needs to increase over the next several years, highlighting the need for increased bandwidth and resources to support growing digital learning demands on school networks. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

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

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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].” 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

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.

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

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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

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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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Teaching Online During COVID-19

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We educators understand online learning, probably have taken classes this way, but we haven’t yet wrapped our brains around how to make it work in OUR classes. Access the required site through mobile devices. Provide mobile hotspots distributed by school. Online education

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Before putting its emergency instruction on hold, Northshore had already distributed 4,000 devices and around 600 mobile hotspots to families. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

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Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We We really directed districts to provide those cellular hotspots to kids who had a lot of mobility needs.”

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

eSchool News

K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, public libraries, education and career non-profits and municipalities, the program will grant winners one year of free Kajeet internet connectivity hardware and managed service on its award-winning mobile connectivity platform, Sentinel®.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?” While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. Clearly, broadband is a huge problem,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO.

5 Ways to Get All Students Connected for Distance Learning

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This shift to technology-mediated teaching and learning puts a spotlight on the homework gap -- the divide between students who have home broadband access and those who do not. Most households have mobile devices, but it’s hard to get work done on a phone. Leverage educational TV.

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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It’s a problem that many educators have been grappling with for years, but one that has been exacerbated—and made more public—by COVID-19: Many students lack sufficient internet connections at home to be able to complete their schoolwork.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

” This rarely noticed charge helps fund a variety of programs that enable families, libraries, and schools to stay connected. One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served.

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Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. The Hatch Valley schools receive the FCC’s E-Rate initiative, which reimburses schools and libraries for expenses related to internet access. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

Low Tech? No Problem. Here are 3 Alternative Ways to Help Distance Learning Happen.

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One big barrier to sustaining education via remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic has been students’ unequal access to advanced technology tools. But educators who want to make sure they reach every student don’t have to resort to mailing printed worksheets.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Across the country, librarians are supporting those in need by promoting the great work and connectivity often available at local libraries. Second, students in need can ask friends or educators for nearby locations and collaboration can support access in the community. In this Lifeline Modernization Order , the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program for those in need. Collaborate and Promote Your Local Library!

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Tracy Smith, Parkland’s assistant to the superintendent for operations, spoke with EdTech about the district’s strategies and best practices for improving digital equity and shared her hopes for bringing broadband to every home in the Lehigh Valley region. . Education now is 24/7. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn how mobile apps might help close the “homework gap.”. We also work with our community library to make sure they are a resource.

eSchool News launches eSchool News IT Solutions: Hardware and Management Guide

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We put a spotlight on examples of how real IT leaders make innovation a priority for their district, and we examine priorities such as content accessibility, broadband access, and supporting UDL. Stay tuned for eSchool News Guides on library media technology, online/blended learning, and more.

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Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

” Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between the number of under-skilled Rhode Islanders and the number of adult education openings available through the state. Even if there were enough adult education services to help each person, some adults are unaware of which skills they need. Nilson, a participant in the program and a former educator in his native Brazil, put it simply: “How can you know you have to learn if you don’t know what’s there to learn?”

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access. There are computer labs and public libraries, but again there needs to be infrastructure in place. Does the family have the means or motivation to make educational use of technology at home a priority? Students do need to become fluent in computer and mobile technology use.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion.

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?

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Library of Congress ) The photos, shot in black and white, are from the early 20th century, and the disease in question was tuberculosis. And she hopes educators and families all across the country will try it and see that for themselves. In June, the group mobilized.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements? By Robert Low.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

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In a recent edWebinar , sponsored by ClassLink and co-hosted by CoSN and AASA , education leaders reflected on the challenges of the past year and the possibilities of the upcoming school year. Department of Defense Education Activity, Pacific Center for Instructional Leadership in Japan.

Nova Launches National Youth Science Communication Initiative: Nova Science Studio

eSchool News

The program, NOVA’s first focused effort to create educational resources to teach science communication to teens, grew out of a pilot program during the 2018-2019 academic year in the Boston area that worked with nearly 30 students. The series aims to educate young people about the dangers of misinformation, reporting not only how to identify it but also how to debunk misinformation it’s encountered online.

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We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The fifth annual Global Education Conference is just a few weeks away, and we want to be sure that you have an opportunity to contribute to this year''s conference as a presenter. Global Education Conference Keynotes.

Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

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monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. With beloved titles such as Street Fighter IV, Back to the Future and Toy Story 3 in the launch library. Theoretically, Stadia hosted games could be streamed to tablets, mobiles and headsets directly. He develops games for Military, Healthcare, Airlines, Corporate and Government training and Mainstream education. Google recently announced , It’s next-generation gaming platform.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

This disparity in home computer and internet access, dubbed the “homework gap,” was a slow-burning problem for most districts in the days when schools were in session and students could get online at libraries, after-school programs, coffee shops and other community gathering spots.

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The Learning Revolution Weekly Update March 18th All of life is a constant education. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. link] Digital Wish : Two new videos - The Importance of Technology in American Schools and The Need for a Shift to Mobile. OR Do you have a great quote on education?