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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.

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. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all. In Connecticut, for example, public schools as well as other organizations receive broadband services from the CEN.

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Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

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The 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). 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 Inspiration

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.

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.

How to Make Sense of Title I Funds

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As 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. 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 Broadband

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School Bus Tech 101

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Today’s school bus fleets have expanded to include technology as we drive into 2020. 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 SmartBus

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

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There are several key questions about what kinds of technologies are eligible for funding under a new, $7 billion program overseen by the FCC to improve students at-home internet access.

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.

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

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

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.

The Pandemic Put the Pressure on School Technology Leaders. What Did They Learn?

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More off-campus broadband access. These are some of the trends that emerged in a recent survey of district technology leaders, reflecting the dramatic changes and unprecedented demand that school-based technology teams experienced during the pandemic.

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. A whopping 98 percent of U.S.

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.

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. It forced school systems to not only rethink their instruction but also figure out how to best use technology to facilitate instruction.

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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[Infographic] Top Tech for School Buses

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The school bus is changing, welcoming new technologies that bring buses into the 21st century. But which technologies are education transportation professionals focusing on first? With so much technology now available such as telematics, cameras inside and outside the bus, GPS, and much more, Kajeet wanted to know the latest technology bus trends. Mobile Broadband Data and Trends Bus WiFi SmartBus

Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

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The team, which included Katz, specifically talked with families with household incomes below the national median of $75,000 a year and reached them by landline and mobile phones, rather than through the increasingly popular method of online questionnaires.

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.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Johnson also didn’t want her children to go through the next two months with no educational tools beyond the worksheets she’d picked up from the Greenville Public School District and limited access to online materials through Kentiona’s phone, shared between the four of them.

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

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Challenges surrounding technology access remain significant obstacles today, and states often struggle to help students find internet connectivity outside of school. The Internet Broadband Expansion for Minnesota Students grants help provide students with the high-speed internet connections needed to complete homework and access other online learning opportunities. Featured on eSchool News IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

Now Available – It’s Zero Hour for Digital: What That Means for You

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This discussion, like each in the series, was ripped from the conversations that Learning Counsel is having with both education leaders and education vendors throughout America. Her programs are supplying both devices and broadband connections for the asking, and she gives […].

Google Workspace for Education (and other updates you need to know!) – SULS099

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The post Google Workspace for Education (and other updates you need to know!) – SULS099 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. During “ Learning with Google ,” a free online learning event for educators, Google shared a lot of updates to our favorite Google products.

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

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In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Education Research

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

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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.

How to ensure your edtech tools support equity goals

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As we discovered in the spring, some families still lack the devices or broadband connectivity they need for remote learning, despite mobile computing being a ubiquitous facet of our lives.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

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As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning. Education Blog

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.”

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

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

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The report is the work of the COVID Collaborative, a coalition of education, health and economic experts, written by the former directors of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.