The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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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.

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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. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do. 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.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do. 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.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. million more students to next-generation broadband and, 21,600 more schools to fiber infrastructure. “Despite the incredible success bringing high-speed broadband to our classrooms, we can’t stop here.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

A team of fifth grade teachers at an elementary school invited Muri, the superintendent of Ector County Independent School District in West Texas, to participate in an online scavenger hunt they had designed for students.

OPINION: We need a SpaceX for assessment

The Hechinger Report

Suddenly, space travel can enable expanded broadband access, real-time tracking for methane leaks, the spotting of wildfires before they spread and much more. Elementary to High School Future of Learning High School Reform Opinion Solutions Data and research Testing

Teachers, cafeteria workers and school bus drivers should be next in line for the Covid vaccine

The Hechinger Report

Opening schools would also free up broadband, computer hardware and time for parents who have had to set up home offices next to their children’s remote learning stations.). Technicians measure doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Arlington, Virginia. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

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

The Hechinger Report

Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. Their family does not have a computer or broadband internet at home, so the siblings have to take turns sharing their mom’s phone to access online lessons. Terri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience.

Rural schools have a teacher shortage. Why don’t people who live there, teach there?

The Hechinger Report

Elementary, fine arts and special education teachers are especially hard to find, according to a Hechinger Report analysis of state education data. The elementary school principal, however, wondered if she’d rather lead her own kindergarten classroom.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

One of the largest concerns, though, is equity — not just how we must fund solutions to address disparities in student access to digital devices and broadband Internet, but how students safely engage to drive learning.

OPINION: Tribal colleges, lifeline to rural and disenfranchised Native communities, need our help more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Many offer much-needed internet service, providing access to some of the 35 percent of tribal land residents who do not have broadband service. The American Indian College Fund’s 2019-20 Student Ambassador cohort.

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Climate change threatens America’s ragged school infrastructure

The Hechinger Report

The compromise does provide for electrifying school buses, lead pipe removal and expanded broadband access. Elementary to High School climate change Funding Local News Fellowship Rural schools The West

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

Seeing students only through a screen makes it “much more difficult to reach families,” especially those in underserved communities who might have limited broadband or technology access, she said.

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools. Related: We must boost elementary science education.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

In Utah, the Murray City School District had been slowly developing a broadband network for students for two years when funding from the CARES Act helped the district speed up the rollout.

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

It also means supporting better online curricula, higher quality broadband for families that need it and creative staffing plans that allow the most vulnerable teachers the safest possible return.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

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COLUMN: Standardized tests aren’t the problem, it’s how we use them

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Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

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In 2015, nearly 80 percent of surveyed elementary students reported using a tablet regularly compared with 66 percent in 2014. Similar to elementary students, the survey saw only an 8 percent increase in smartphone use for middle school students from 2014 to 2015 (from 58 percent to 66 percent). Elementary and middle school students most enjoy doing schoolwork on tablets. Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Residents of rural areas are less likely to have access to broadband at home than those living in larger cities. Nearly 200 elementary students in the Lauderdale County School District, for example, are participating in a program aimed at strengthening early literacy skills.

OPINION: Even before the pandemic, students with disabilities and other challenges were being left behind

The Hechinger Report

Had broadband even existed then, chance are we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. Through no merit of her own, my 5-year-old daughter is already on the other side of an educational opportunity divide, in a world of haves and have-nots.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

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A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. Today Northborough and Southborough public schools have a much faster connection via fiber optic lines—35 Mbps up/down speeds at the elementary and middle schools and 150 Mbps at the high schools. While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. By Heidi Moore.

The Pandemic Closed Our Doors But Opened Our Minds: Why My School District Will Not Return to ‘Normal’

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Thirty additional school days have been added to the elementary school calendar to provide more effective time with our youngest learners. Even with a device, data indicated some 39 percent of our students lacked reliable (or any) broadband service in their homes.

Discovery Education Acquires Mystery Science in $140 Million Deal

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The latest proof point is Mystery Science , a provider of elementary-grade science curriculum, which has been acquired by Discovery Education. elementary schools, according to Mystery Science co-founder Keith Schact.

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

Education Superhighway

With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. Deming Public Schools struggled to connect one school that lacked access to high-speed broadband. Learn more about our Broadband Upgrade Consulting Program.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

According to the latest survey data from the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults have broadband internet at home. If entire K-12 districts move online, what can schools expect of early elementary schoolers?

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

The Hechinger Report

At least two other schools — including Keams Canyon Elementary on the Hopi Reservation and Rocky Ridge Boarding School on the Navajo Nation — also had students or staff report to school after March 16. Samantha Honani’s son hasn’t completed a school assignment in months.

Cox Business Brings High Speed Fiber Connectivity to Historical Jamestowne Island To Provide Virtual Explorations of the James Fort and Archaearium

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Today, Historical Jamestowne Island and Cox Business will present a virtual trip for King’s Grant Elementary School from Virginia Beach, VA. Without a reliable broadband connection, thousands of students and adults would’ve missed out on the opportunity to explore Jamestown.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. The broadband itself was sufficient for the number of devices they had now, but what if they wanted to use more devices? The district upgraded its secondary schools first and then moved to the elementary schools.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted. Commissioner Michael O’Reilly met personally with the group and spoke to his belief that schools are purchasing too much broadband and need to be monitored for wasteful spending. Authors Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez, Micah Studer, and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

Seeking asylum in a time of Covid

The Hechinger Report

In January, Rosa Bermudez brought home a colorful worksheet from Stansbury Elementary School, meant to guide her “power plan” for a safe, healthy relationship to technology. Joaquín, who has aged out of elementary school, was redirected to a different campus that was too far away.)

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

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boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference. But a holistic approach to the problem could significantly reduce the number of students living without broadband access at home, she added. While most schools in the U.S.