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Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. Schools that are Future Ready are those with empowered teachers, courageous leaders, students who take charge of their learning, and the tools available to support personalized approaches that ensure college or career readiness for all students.

First Future Ready Schools Summit Kicks Off

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Bandwidth Management Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless Frank Smith School leaders gather for orientation on nationwide digital-learning efforts, in conjunction with ConnectED.

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Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. She kicked off Season 6 of the Emerging Tech series of webinars on October 19th with a live broadcast from New Canaan High School on the topic of “ Future Ready Librarians.”

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

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Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become future ready. The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. Future Ready Goals=Librarian Goals. Next page: Why librarians can help become future ready).

Our Kids Need You

Tom Murray

Yet, it’s imperative to note, that according to the Pew Research Center, about 5 million of our nation’s families, disproportionally our black and hispanic families, lack sufficient broadband access at home. All for the kids we serve, Blog Change the World Education SuperHighway future ready Homework Gap Kids Today Learning Transformed

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. Founded with a single mission of closing the gender gap in technology, the organization is working to create a dynamic pipeline of future female engineers. Organization: Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

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9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Assess and understand current infrastructure and broadband capabilities. Blog Chromebook Device Selection edtech future ready Procurement Samsung Samsung Galaxy This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Having worked with almost 500 school districts and 3,000 school leaders over the past year, I’ve often been asked, “What type of devices should we buy?”

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

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Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. In it, education leaders advocate strongly for policymakers to increase broadband internet access in support of student learning. We especially loved this quote from Marion: “Broadband is like air — you can’t see it, but you know when it’s missing.”

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Krueger, CEO at CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking , said the fact that the modernized E-rate hones in on broadband and more robust networks is a net positive for K-12 IT departments and their CTOs. Broadband equity. In December, The Office of Educational Technology released its new National Education Technology Plan titled, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says.

E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

Here are a few ways the E-rate and broadband community is working to help connect your students during the crisis. The FCC waived a rule prohibiting E-rate program participants from accepting free broadband services and devices. This means internet service providers (ISPs) can support increased access to broadband and remote learning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. School, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB). Future Ready Schools.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Community Partnerships is one of the gears of the Future Ready Framework and the 7th Key of Learning Transformed , indicates that “Community collaboration and engagement must be woven into the fabric of a school’s culture.” In this Lifeline Modernization Order , the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program for those in need. Note: Check out Future Ready Librarians for librarians that think like this!).

NJSBA Launches Connectivity Initiative to Advance Internet Access in Schools

Education Superhighway

We are proud to announce our recent partnership with the New Jersey School Boards Association on the New Jersey K-12 Broadband Initiative, and look forward to working together to close the K-12 connectivity gap. Recognizing this need, the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) is collaborating with the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway to make robust internet a reality for all schools in the state through the New Jersey K-12 Broadband Initiative.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Know If Your Infrastructure Is Future Ready. With personalized student learning at the center, The Future Ready Framework provides a roadmap to support districts in their digital conversion. Effective school board members focus on what is best for all students.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

Education Superhighway

Building on the state’s Future Ready plans, this fund helps expand efforts to bring fiber-optic connections to students in rural and remote areas. In total, the upgrade projects this year will catalyze up to $6 million in broadband investment in rural Oregon – a 15:1 return on investment of state funds.

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

According to Future Ready Schools , there are 21 million students in the US who still lack the broadband capabilities necessary for digital learning. It’s generally understood that integrating edtech into schools can be complex, but what’s less often discussed is that it represents one of the most universal pain points for administrators and educators today.

Network Essentials: Securing Buy-In For Your Network Upgrade

Education Superhighway

With personalized student learning at the center, the Future Ready Framework provides a roadmap to support school leaders in building a digital plan that prepares students for success in college, career, and citizenship. Including publicly available data alongside feedback from teachers and administrators can help convey the importance of your connectivity solution in addressing current user challenges, promoting technology adoption, and supporting future digital learning plans.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Know If Your Infrastructure Is Future Ready. With personalized student learning at the center, The Future Ready Framework provides a roadmap to support districts in their digital conversion. Effective school board members focus on what is best for all students.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Pew research suggests just 24 percent of US adults with less than a high-school diploma have home broadband access, while further Pew research indicates 95 percent of U.S. We believe this starts with aggregating free and open education resources from a variety of sources—particularly ones that are mobile optimized—and aligning them to core academic competencies adult learners need for college and career readiness. The Future is Now.

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

Edsurge

Schools understand the importance of broadband internet and are exploring ways to ensure that the new digital programs that are introduced into their schools function in a secure and seamless fashion. But despite progress, work remains: according to Future Ready Schools , 21 million U.S. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning.

March 2018

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FEATURES FUTURE-READY STRATEGIES TO DELIVER HIGH-IMPACT LEARNING EXPERIENCES NOW By Keith McBurnett Burnet (TX) Consolidated Independent School District’s Inspired Classroom project utilizes an infusion of technology, furniture, creativity, and community input. Study Reveals Critical Future Job Skills Gap ? Free School Broadband Comparison Tool ?

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

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Without home access to broadband Internet, students don’t have a chance at an equitable education and have virtually no chance to compete for the best jobs and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty that is pervasive in the Washington inner city. By Charles Sosnik.

Clear Hurdles to Foster True Innovation in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

Learning comes alive for students and the future moves within reach. . There’s a growing understanding that disparities in home broadband internet access put students at a disadvantage — typically those who already face obstacles because of low family income or race.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. billion boost for E-Rate, the federal program that subsidizes broadband initiatives, amongst his accomplishments. The future of ConnectED: Exactly how much play should and does the government have in bringing edtech to K-12?

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CatchOn Wins Second Consecutive Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Award

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Since 1996, the organization has worked with customers to design and engineer high-capacity and future-ready broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, cloud and security solutions. NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 24, 2018) – Education Networks of America® (ENA) announces that CatchOn, Inc. , a software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards.

Clear Hurdles to Foster True Innovation in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

Learning comes alive for students and the future moves within reach. . There’s a growing understanding that disparities in home broadband internet access put students at a disadvantage — typically those who already face obstacles because of low family income or race. Technology and the Future of Work. Educators must understand the skills needed for that future and have the training and resources needed to work with those emerging needs in mind. .

Clear Hurdles to Foster True Innovation in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

Learning comes alive for students and the future moves within reach. . There’s a growing understanding that disparities in home broadband internet access put students at a disadvantage — typically those who already face obstacles because of low family income or race. Technology and the Future of Work. Educators must understand the skills needed for that future and have the training and resources needed to work with those emerging needs in mind. .

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools

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Since 1996, we have worked with our customers to design and engineer high-capacity and future-ready broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, cloud, and security solutions. Austin, TX, Oct.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. She was selected to participate in the Future Ready Superintendent Briefing with the U.S. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services. This portion is made possible by the Sprint Foundation as a part of its 2014 pledge to provide wireless broadband to 50,000 K-12 students in low-income school districts across the country.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Joining Soumakian were Stuart Burt, chief technology officer for Royse City ISD; Doug Brubaker, an assistant superintendent at Garland ISD; and Tom Murray, a former educator and tech director who now helps coordinate the Future Ready Schools project for the Alliance for Excellent Education. A handful of major carriers are expected to be ready to go on that date. Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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As edtech leaders and stakeholders work to eliminate the homework gap, solutions such as mobile hotspots, low-cost broadband, private LTE networks and even Wifi on buses have the potential to ensure that students have 24/7 access to their education. Artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and the affordability of devices for learning are shaping what we can expect as the future of learning. She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

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Since 1996, the organization has worked with customers to design and engineer high-capacity and future-ready broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, cloud and security solutions. NASHVILLE, TENN. JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies.

Four Takeaways from League Candidates for Superintendent of the Year

Digital Promise

For Albemarle students, the future really is what they make of it. Across the San Diego region, Vista has forged partnerships with companies like Qualcomm and institutions like the University of San Diego to create the next generation of future-ready students. Melissa Gedney is the program & communications manager for the League of Innovative Schools. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. When it comes to education, there is no one right solution.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net , SETDA , and Future Ready Schools , and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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.

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