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.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

Is the hardware & software compatible? Keep your software up-to-date. For example, it’s no good investing in iPads for the school if the broadband bandwidth and Wi-Fi connectivity aren’t up to scratch. Is the hardware & software compatible?

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

Edsurge

But computing power, device adoption, pervasive broadband and exponentially networked collaboration platforms of the past decade have already moved us to a world of information abundance. Education is now a high-growth market that combines attributes of consumer and enterprise software.

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3 educational technology tools to be thankful for

eSchool News

Google is a familiar platform for most students, so it comes as no surprise that the Chromebook, which uses the Google Chrome browser, is the number one device of choice for more than 58 percent of U.S. Broadband improvements. Monitoring software.

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. As much as 50 percent of employees in the country could be working in roles that require programming or software skills by 2030, according to estimates in a 2016 report by the National Broadband Network and the Regional Australia Institute.

Going to a Tech Conference? Make Sure to Focus on What Matters.

Edsurge

Take the perennially-popular “50 Best Apps” or “How to Make a Google Form” sessions that crop up every year. Here are some questions to consider asking: How does this skill/software/strategy enhance educational access for all students?

“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. billion was spent on devices by K-12 schools in 2015, and the Software and Information Industry Association estimates that nearly $8.4 billion was spent on software.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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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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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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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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM ( www.internetessentials.com/apply ) Comcast announced it has now connected over six million Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, a comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S.

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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. And it makes computer science a beneficial skill for all students to learn, regardless of whether they want to be a software engineer or not. But many of them may go home or go to a school where there’s no broadband access. Many professions that were once the exclusive domain of men are no longer so.

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

Doug Levin

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." million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project.

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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. It's a full-time online charter school with the idea that students would be spending about 90% of their time online via software. Increasingly, that means broadband.

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Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

techlearning

Or Google’s Alexa? In essence, AI is something that can be packaged up and purchased on a monthly basis, like your broadband or phone. Thanks to breakthroughs in computing power, the potential of AI is now starting to be fulfilled.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. But it’s more likely that “technology” has become so overused, and so carelessly associated with Silicon Valley-style computer software and hardware startups, that the term has lost all meaning.

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 Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. The school management software maker has raised $191,500 total.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” For Online College Programs, Google Is Kingmaker.” (National) Education Politics. “Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” ” Curious if students are allowed to use any tech products made by Oracle’s arch-nemesis, Google. Via Motherboard : “To Solve the Diversity Drought in Software Engineering , Look to Community Colleges.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ 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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” ” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software. “Tracking Google and Microsoft Adoption in Higher Ed” by Jim Siegl. How Google is ruining the Web. The Trump Budget.

Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

Brechner is not ignorant of the fact that broadband provision is a necessity for such projects to succeed, indeed he even declared that 'broadband is a human right'. The Wolfram Alpha answer engine is a distinct departure from search engines such as Google or Bing.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” 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. ” And his partner Michael Feldstein : “ Student-Centered Educational Software.”

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech. “Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” Edutechnica wrote in June , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing “pseudo-LMSes.” The learning management system is a piece of “enterprise” software after all.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” In other Google and edu news, via The Verge : “White nationalists seem to have manipulated Google search results for ‘Boasian anthropology’ ” Via Education Week : “‘Fake News,’ Media Literacy Become Business Opportunities in Rush to Educate Students.” The company, which makes multimedia presentation software, has raised $30.2 Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” ” I’m more interested in hearing about segregation and state laws in Mississippi than the adaptive learning software a school is using. There have been several stories recently calling the Google Books project a failure. ” Google announces more updates to its pseudo-LMS, Google Classroom. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. “The San Francisco-based software company will continue a four-year partnership with San Francisco Unified School District. Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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). “ Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer,” says The Verge. I wonder how many schools and districts that use the software have done this? (National) Education Politics.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

AIR works with local communities to address this detriment through an integrated development programs that provide low-cost refurbished computers with relevant open source educational software, support and teacher training directed at schools and community centers especially in less privileged areas where the digital divide is at its greatest. Education Revolution Google+ Community Fostering a Growth Mindset, Supporting Lifelong Learning.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Can Google Challenge Over-Zealous Web Filtering at Schools? Politics and Policies FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete , a new non-profit initiative that brings private industry and the non-profit sector together to help expand broadband adoption and promote digital literacy. and aims to address some of the obstacles to broadband adoption -- in terms of cost, access, relevance, and digital literacy.