A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. This is an example of a modern ­learning environment , and in an ideal world, students here receive ­personalized instruction that results in better classroom performance. . Modern classrooms are open and flexible and have writable surfaces, modular furniture, one-to-one devices, hands-on learning with makerspace activities and robust broadband connectivity. Google+.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

Edsurge

After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. One unique aspect of Mat-Su’s approach to digital learning is that edtech is housed under the office of instruction. Since implementing Chromebooks and the blended learning strategy in the district, student performance metrics across the board have risen.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

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How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

Schools will inevitably want to invest in edtech that will be both beneficial and effective when it comes to enhancing students’ learning experiences and opportunities. Buying resources and tech for your schools can be a big responsibility and choosing the right equipment can be tricky.

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools. And what does this mean for trends in new learning practices, like individualized learning? EDTECH: Google really dominates the top of this list.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition). Teaching and Learning Get Personal With Change to Proficiency-Based Grading | Valley News → Parent confusion has been growing this fall after the Woodstock Union middle and high schools began to roll out a proficiency-based grading system.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition). Teaching and Learning Get Personal With Change to Proficiency-Based Grading | Valley News → Parent confusion has been growing this fall after the Woodstock Union middle and high schools began to roll out a proficiency-based grading system.

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Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. Benjamin Herold: So the school's name was GOAL Academy, and it's an online academic learning academy.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” (So instead of “testing” we’ll have ubiquitous, non-stop surveillance / assessment via “personalized learning.” “What Does Personalized Learning Mean?

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“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Google and Udacity Offering 5,000 Scholarships for Nanodegree Programs.” ” From the ASU website : “Panelists discuss future of personalized learning.” Language-learning startup Lingumi has raised $1.7

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” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.” ” Via Gizmodo : “‘Bro Culture’ Led to Repeated Sexual Harassment , Former Google Engineer’s Lawsuit Says.” ” Another Google lawsuit, as reported by Ars Technica : “Ex-Google recruiter : I was fired because I resisted ‘illegal’ diversity efforts.”

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Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. Google ’s chairman Eric Schmidt praises Trump. ” The charter school, which is closing it doors, is the Merit Preparatory Charter School , run by “personalized learning” charter chain Matchbook Learning. Via The 74 : “ Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. (National) Education Politics.

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” Via The Verge : “James Damore sues Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men.” ” 69% of Google’s employees are men. Subscription boxes for teachers are somehow “ personalized learning.”

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Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” “As lawsuits mount over access to learning technologies for people with disabilities , universities consider banding together to share accessibility reviews of vendor products,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Chicago Tribune : Google gave $1.5

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. In 1996, most pre-Google online searching was done using Yahoo! (a

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” A report from VC firm GSV Acceleration : “It’s a Breakout: Capital Flows In the Learning and Talent Technology Market.” “Tracking Google and Microsoft Adoption in Higher Ed” by Jim Siegl. How Google is ruining the Web. Publisher eDynamic Learning has raised an undisclosed amount of money from Gauge Capital.

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K–12 Fears.” ” Via the BBC : “News that a high school student wrote nothing but #BlackLivesMatter on his personal statement in an application to California’s Stanford University – and got in – has been raising some eyebrows.” ” Via Ars Technica : “ Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students.”

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” “Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people,” Ars Technica reports. monthly subsidies toward cellular phone service or mobile broadband. ” A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union raises interesting questions about the ownership of student data : “Exam scripts and examiner’s corrections are personal data of the exam candidate.” Personalized learning is anything you want it to be.

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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. Perhaps, instead of tying “ personalized learning ” to special ed policies of the 1970s, you could read some Rousseau?

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From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” That led to him announcing a $10 million fund specifically for learning applications. Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Higher education and library associations called on the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to uphold Obama-era rules requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic on the internet equally,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Testing, Testing… “How the SAT and PSAT collect personal data on students – and what the College Board does with it,” by The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. ” (She is the CEO is Dreambox Learning.).

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Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” Via Wired : “Ex- Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing For Criticizing James Damore ’s Memo.” Via The Verge : “ James Damore ’s labor complaint against Google was completely shut down.” How much money does the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative spent in order to place advertorials about personalized learning in ed-tech publications like Edsurge ?

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” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99