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.

The Next Big Trends in #EdTech from @ISTE CEO Richard Culatta at #ISTE19

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators understand the importance of being in touch with the latest trends in ed tech. Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) helps us by sharing what the organization sees as the next big trends. Fortunately, teachers like April Keck DeGennaro who teaches at Peoples Elementary School in Georgia is. Dr. Curran explained that what should be trending in social media is the learning that happens in the classroom.

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Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

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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.

COVID-19 Is Pushing School Tech Departments to Their Limits — and Then Some

Edsurge

As soon as we distributed our devices to our elementary students, possible or not we had to create a student help desk,” he said. Hotspots are just a bandaid, she said, and San Mateo County is looking for ways to provide broadband internet county-wide. “I

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?

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.

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention

Edsurge

schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. With 99 percent of U.S.

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

Hammitte, a former elementary teacher who is now in his first year as superintendent, said he noticed that kids who participated in Waterford Upstart arrived with strong early literacy skills. Almost a third of all homes in the county lack broadband access.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Angelique Coulouris, a second-grade teacher at Discovery Elementary, guides students on a virtual tour of the school’s roof-top solar lab.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

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Efforts by the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to publicize how much districts pay for broadband have allowed many school systems to negotiate bandwidth deals to get greater capacity for a fraction of the cost. A first-grader at Maywood Elementary, in Maywood, California, uses her iPad to complete a chart separating nouns and verbs. With enough transparency, districts can establish benchmarks for prices and identify seasonal trends that impact costs.

The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning is growing like crazy.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Elementary Years ? Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

According to Edsurge , changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will soon be another “ win for ed-tech vendors.” This fall, the EducationSuperHighway released a price comparison tool so that districts could see neighbors’ broadband costs and ideally leverage that information to get a better deal. Financial data on the major corporations and investors involved in this and all the trends I cover in this series can be found on funding.hackeducation.com.

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Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Via The New York Times : “ New York to Shorten Standardized Tests in Elementary and Middle Schools.” “ The top 5 trends in K–12 ed tech – and where they’re headed,” according to Education Dive.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Presidential Campaign Politics. There’s less than a month left of the 2016 Presidential campaign and The End can’t come soon enough.