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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. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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. But when it comes to the biggest stories of the year thus far, what are the writers themselves—education reporters—reading and thinking about? Increasingly, that means broadband.

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A Bootcamp Down Under: Trilogy Education Extends University Tech Training Globally

Edsurge

As technology companies from Google to Salesforce plant roots in Australia, government and business leaders down under are trying to figure out ways to train students and workers to keep up with a changing workforce. When we look at Australia and Melbourne, we see 200,000 open tech positions and large companies looking to fill their gap,” says CEO Dan Sommer, referring to a Deloitte report that projected a need for more tech workers in Australia over the next five years.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

edWeb.net

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.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

Edsurge

A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode. Reported percentages for quarters in 2018 appear to be similar.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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

The Hechinger Report

A student in New York uses Google Docs on her classroom iPad to discuss themes in the class’s latest book with her group. Photo: Jessica Huseman for The Hechinger Report. billion was spent on software. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

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

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

Exposure may be one factor: A Google-sponsored Gallup report ( PDF ) that found that female students are less aware of online and local opportunities to learn computer science. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white. But many of them may go home or go to a school where there’s no broadband access.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected?

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Reports.” ” More on the report from Pacific Standard. 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.” ” “ Turkey has reacted angrily to suggestions that it might tone down its attack on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi if the United States agrees to extradite an opponent of President Erdogan,” The Times reports.

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” “8 Grad Students Are Arrested Protesting the GOP Tax Bill on Capitol Hill,” The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Adam Harris reported on Tuesday. Via NPR : “ School Voucher Programs Should Be Clear About Disability Rights , Report Says.” ” That’s a report from the GAO. ” “Troubled DeVry University Gets Sold Off For A Pittance,” Buzzfeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy reports.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the flaws, I think, of much of the reporting on education technology is that it treats “ed-tech” as a product without a politics and without a practice. This reporting treats “ed-tech” as a product built in and by Silicon Valley, not as something built in and by public institutions around the world. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

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Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” ” 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 the US News & World Report : “ Why Few Borrowers Have Pursued PSLF.”

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But the struggling sector’s political giving is down since peaking in 2012,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Testing, Testing… Via the Hechinger Report : “On a classroom-based test for new teachers , black teachers score lower.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” ” Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division.

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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.” Via Wired : “Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI , With China ’s Help.” ” Research, “Research,” and Reports.

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“ Betsy DeVos Refuses to Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate ,” The New York Times reports. ” “GOP lawmakers said Thursday they had planned to subpoena the former chief of federal student aid , Jim Runcie , to testify before a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee and may still do so,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.”

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” And in Delaware , “Authorities have arrested two Smyrna high school students in connection with threats involving clowns and bombs ,” the AP reports. ” “ Clown College Calls National Rash of Rumored Clown Scares ‘Troubling’,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” AllAfrica reports that the Kenyan government will begin distributing some 1.2

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” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Via the BBC : “University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a ‘damaging brain drain’, says a report from MPs.” Students In Visual Arts , Music ,” NPR reports.

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” More on the teacher prep law from The Hechinger Report. ” “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.

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Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” The allegations center on reports that Paris, through inappropriate means, asked legislators to provide state funds to the college, a Christian institution in Arkansas.” “ EdX To Retire Foundational 6.002x Platform,” Class Central reports. Via Techcrunch : “ Coding bootcamps commit to transparency in reporting around job placement.” Education Politics.

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” “Three months after the former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault, he was released on Friday,” NPR reports. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.

The Business of Education Technology

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Remind co-founder Brett Kopf was replaced as CEO by Brian Grey, formerly CEO of the Bleacher Report. These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). The move away from the Common Core consortia for assessment and towards the (Common Core-aligned) SAT has been a boon for the College Board, no surprise, which reported over $840 million in revenue in 2014 (the last year it’s tax forms are available online).

3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

Using the free software you can visit or create your own 3D rooms which have walls lined with webpages that you can click on to visit. Watch a demo here: Exploring 3B Village (2.4Mb Flash) The learning potential for this software is huge and I can see how it could be especially useful for creating webquests or web based treasure hunts and other collaborative tasks for groups of students working virtually / at a distance.

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” “More than 150 House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter Monday that objected to her department’s recently announced shift in how it chooses the contractors that service federal student loans ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” “ Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug , 17 Years Later,” Bloomberg reports. Task Force Seeks Comment on Higher-Ed Outcomes Reporting Standards.”

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The recordings of recent FutureofEducation.com shows are posted: David Loertscher on Library 2.0 , Gina Bianchini on Mightybell , Tim Wilson on Redirect , Peter Cookson on a Children''s Education Bill of Rights , and an iPads in the Classroom report. Can Google Challenge Over-Zealous Web Filtering at Schools? and aims to address some of the obstacles to broadband adoption -- in terms of cost, access, relevance, and digital literacy.