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. 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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

[UPDATED] Top Educational Websites Your Students are ACTUALLY Visiting

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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

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.

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

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From IT departments, to transportation, media centers, and anything in between, finding funding in education is always a top challenge. Mobile Broadband SmartBus Ed Tech InspirationThe number one challenge facing K-12 IT leadership for planning and implementing technology enabled environments is budget constraints and a lack of resources, reports the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).

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

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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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5 Reasons Why Chromebooks in the Classroom Benefits Students

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There are many educational benefits a Chromebook can deliver to students and schools. If your school or school district is still on the fence about buying Chromebooks for education, or debating about how to incorporate Chromebooks more, here are five reasons why a Chromebook could transform the way your students learn, inside and outside the classroom. Mobile Broadband 1 to 1 Chromebooks

What Net Neutrality Means for the Future of Education

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Frank Smith Educators applaud the FCC’s move to maintain an open Internet. Bandwidth Management Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

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Kajeet is excited to announce a new suite of products, Kajeet Connect, bringing our Education Broadband™ expertise onto school grounds. Mobile Broadband Technology InsightKajeet has historically focused on closing the Homework Gap outside the classroom, but digital equity begins in school with reliable, safe Internet access.

Making Sense of Title I Funds

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Success starts with education. And for today’s K-12 students, that education starts with access to technology. But technology—whether one-to-one device programs or filtered broadband Internet—isn’t cheap. Mobile BroadbandAs of 2019, there are 26 federal grant-making agencies and over 900 federal technology funding programs that can help under-funded schools in low-income districts purchase new technologies for their students.

Q&A: CoSN’s Keith Krueger on the Future of K–12 Networks

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By Jena Passut Consortium’s CEO outlines how to achieve digital equity and lays out a strategy for bringing broadband to K–12 education. Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning. Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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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.

How to Make Sense of Title I Funds

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Success starts with education. And for today’s K-12 students, that education starts with access to technology. But technology—whether one-to-one device programs or filtered broadband Internet—isn’t cheap. Mobile BroadbandAs of 2019, there are 26 federal grant-making agencies and over 900 federal technology funding programs that can help under-funded schools in low-income districts purchase new technologies for their students.

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School Bus Tech 101

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According to the “ Miles to Go: Bringing School Transportation into the 21st Century ” 2017 report by Bellweather Education Partners, “One of the largest issues affecting the operational efficiency of student transportation is what can best be described as a ‘data deficit.’” Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBusEven a 39-minute bus ride – the average bus ride time according to a recent Kajeet survey – requires more than a physical bus, the driver, and students.

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3 amazing findings about digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

In order to support digital and mobile learning, students in K-12 classrooms need access to sufficient bandwidth, scalable and affordable broadband infrastructure, and robust Wi-Fi. Related content: 6 realities about district broadband connections. The 2019 State of the States report is the latest in an annual look at school connectivity, taking stock of school districts’ progress toward meeting the digital and mobile learning needs of students and teachers.

President’s 2016 Budget Proposal Could Revive EETT Program

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Frank Smith New funds could help orient public school educators to new educational technology strategies and methods. Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

The FCC’s $7 Billion Fund to Address the ‘Homework Gap’: 6 Key Issues to Watch

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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

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

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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: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide.

HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

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Access Points Classroom Digital Citizenship Digital Content Internet Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking WirelessBy Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Nonprofits, Schools Can Receive Free AT&T Wireless Internet Service, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for At-Risk K-12 Students

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Connected Nation (CN) is launch today an online application for the AT&T K-12 connected learning program, which is focused on closing the homework gap for at-risk students by providing free AT&T wireless internet service and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to students nationwide.

#LearningIs mobile

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Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive. Significant problems include a lack of broadband connectivity in various parts of the world. Many more people now own mobile phones, but a large proportion of these are non-smart (i.e.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

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Kentucy’s Department of Education is implementing a new content filtering system for all 173 K-12 school districts statewide, as a followup to a massive connectivity push that’s seeing faster internet in schools across the state. The new connectivity exceeds a national network infrastructure benchmark of 100 Mbps, which was set by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. Customizable filtering system to be installed in every school.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. Common Sense Media Overall, the report found that screen time has remained largely static over the past few years, even as mobile technologies continue to supplant traditional media, such as TV. In addition to that hour of TV, kids are spending about 48 minutes on a mobile device. Education Technology Surveys Research

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Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap

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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

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

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would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models. It also provides for a national study of data related to the digital divide, including barriers to students’ home internet access, how educators confront that reality in their classrooms, and how no at-home internet access can impact student engagement.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

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Kajeet, a provider of safe mobile student internet connectivity, has launched its 2016 campaign to highlight the “real action heroes” in school districts working to close the Homework Gap for their students. As part of the campaign to celebrate educators and administrators, Kajeet created four Homework Gap Heroes to help champion the cause. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News

When one-to-one goes wrong

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The problem related to the student accounts that are auto-generated at the district level for platforms like Google apps for education. To overcome this problem, Schwab said districts need to put time and effort into training educators on how to effectively integrate the iPads, Chromebooks, or laptops into their instructional flow. Not all implementations are smooth sailing. Here’s what to keep an eye on.

The Lessons Learned Online That Will Shape Education After the Pandemic

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Last year presented many challenges and accelerated a number of shifts that were already underway in K-12 education. And given the pandemic, we are making an even deeper commitment to seeing these principles inform and guide the design of our educational system going forward.

Is K–12 Education Ready for 5G?

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Is K–12 Education Ready for 5G? Human brain signals take 14 milliseconds to travel ,” says Jason Leigh , senior research analyst for mobility at IDC. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 districts are trying to bolster access to broadband in schools! Education Researchers Test the Power of 5G. Overall, education leaders and researchers are sharing excitement for the future that 5G technology could bring , including augmented reality and virtual reality. “We

Leaders Rank Mobile Learning the Top School Tech Priority for 2017

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For the first time, mobile learning is ranked the top priority by school IT leaders, according to findings released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in its 2017 K-12 Leadership Survey Report. 2 priority is broadband and network capacity. Mobile learning is defined as the idea of 24/7 access, according to Paula Maylahn of Paula Maylahn Consulting and author of the survey.

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Alabama district puts wi-fi on buses

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plan to change how it delivers education. McClatchy Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top NewsPlan for digital conversion prompts district to examine Wi-Fi availability. Because of the need to make sure every student has 24-hour internet access, buses may play a significant role in Decatur City Schools’ (Ala.) DCS technology director Kathy Rains said two schools will continue this month to pilot a program that turns buses into moving Wi-Fi hubs. “We’re