State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

eSchool News

All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. Counties across the state have worked to increase their broadband capacity as online assessments, video resources, and mobile devices have become more prevalent in schools.

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SIIA, a Pioneering Convenor for the Edtech Industry, Scraps Its Conferences


What was once the premier, must-go conference in the education technology industry is now going away. Last week, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that its education technology group will no longer operate as its own division beginning July 1.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

Q&A: Looking to the Future of Classroom Tech with Tom Murray

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith One of EdTech's 2015 Top 50 K–12 IT bloggers talks about the technologies that are creating sweeping changes in the industry. Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Policies Wireless

Federal Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality, Says Broadband Is a Utility

Marketplace K-12

In a 2-1 ruling announced Tuesday, a United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel upheld the FCC’s decision to treat broadband internet as a utility, thereby opening the service to heavier regulation. Telecommunications companies like Verizon and Comcast had argued that the provision of broadband is an information service, and that the agency’s regulations are unduly burdensome and raise Constitutional questions. By Leo Doran.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals. This means many more schools have the capacity to provide broadband speeds to the school door.

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How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

In its recent 2014 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report , the FCC stated that, “the launch of a new generation of Ka band satellites represents an important advance in consumer-based satellite service which will benefit those consumers under-served by terrestrial alternatives.”

Xirrus introduces Xtreme Density Wi-Fi

eSchool News

Wireless network provider Xirrus has announced Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi, high-density Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) that aim to deliver some of the fastest Wi-Fi available in the industry. Broadband and internet internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

Columbia Public Schools standardizes on Ruckus for Gigabit Wi-Fi

eSchool News

This is one of the nation’s first production deployment of Gigabit class Wi-Fi using the industry’s newest 802.11ac Wave 2 specification access point (AP). Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

The proposed legislation received support across the ed-tech industry after it was announced. ” Broadband and internet Digital Learning and Tools Legislation News Top News

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Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access


And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. If the coronavirus keeps schools shuttered into the fall, it may be better to start improving the country’s physical broadband infrastructure as a way to ensure lasting connectivity. Emergency online teaching.

How competency-based education can help the nation recover from COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

Laying this foundation will require establishing and fostering a parallel postsecondary education system that revolves around industry-valued credentials and third-party credentialing bodies as the gatekeepers of mastery and workforce readiness.

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

And now, a new frontier of edtech tools is opening up to connect students online to industry professionals, peers, supports, and the community. . As of late Sunday, March 15th, at least 32.5

A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

Developed by the University of New Mexico-Taos Education and Career Center and local business partners, Taos HIVE was designed to solve challenges unique to rural communities, such as geographic isolation, education deserts , and lack of access to broadband and other services.

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Why every educator should care about net neutrality

eSchool News

Broadband for education expert gives four reasons why the FCC’s decision about internet service is a human rights issue. On February 26th the world, as we know it, will either come to an end or we will have the second coming of the messiah.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

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. Finally, as technology is rapidly evolving, it is important that edtech resources can keep pace and are compatible with the changes in the industry.

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Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: “People think it’s about boxes and wires and that’s just the beginning,” said Beth Holland, digital equity and rural project director at the Consortium for School Networking, an industry association for tech directors across the country.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


But it’s a move both the industry and founder and CEO Evan Marwell are celebrating. He’d spent his career building and selling companies in various industries, including finance, telecommunications, software and consumer retail.

Developing a Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Classrooms

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It suggests that the vast majority of students have access to broadband capabilities. The goal of Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to equip every school in the country with high-speed broadband by 2018 at speeds greater than 100 Mbps. That leaves us with at least five more years of classrooms with insufficient broadband. As a start-up, you launch a product to tackle a pain point that you know exists within your industry.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Yet, while none of the jobs at play during my doctor’s visit seems to be threatened anytime soon by the digital doomsday tales we hear about in such reports, each employee had clearly been impacted by a pretty standard software transition that occurs every single day across all industries.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

In this Lifeline Modernization Order , the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program for those in need. Partner with Companies Such as Kajeet for Mobile Broadband.

eSchool News launches eSchool News IT Solutions: Hardware and Management Guide

eSchool News

eSchool News Guides are full of resources, tips, trends, and insights from industry experts on a variety of topics that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

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


And in this environment, the education industry sees an unprecedented transformation due in part to a new industrial revolution. During the past decade, we have seen only the beginning of changes in the education industry.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor


TCV is no stranger to the education technology industry, having chipped in on two $50 million-plus investment deals for Varsity Tutors, an online tutoring startup. Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level. Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before. Attract users with a free product.

Innovators Worth Watching: Reliance Jio

The Christensen Institute

Our “Innovators Worth Watching” series spotlights interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Reliance Jio’s entry into India’s telecommunication industry has grabbed the attention of industry leaders and analysts alike. A subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd., Unlike its competitors, all voice calls offered through Jio are made through data pipes, and industry experts agree that demand for data always outstrips supply.

How one state used matching funds to increase access

Education Superhighway

As the State E-rate Director, Milan Eaton has been working on the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative since it began in 2016. Tell us about your journey from working in the telecom industry to your role now as State E-rate Director for the Arizona Department of Education.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective


Only 60 percent of these families had access to computers or broadband internet at home. Both companies give people from all walks of life the chance to break into the tech industry, without any cost to them. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


billion, according to the Software & Industry Information Association. The industry has been proven wrong so many times. Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete.

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Campus vs. Online: Where is the future of education located?


This diversity is driven by: advancements in online learning system design, rapid roll-out of broadband world-wide, the changing dynamics of the labor market and. Can there be a loftier topic than the future of education?

Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors


And while there’s a growing industry around serving adult learners in higher education, companies largely neglect to consider the needs of the elderly. But she believes the education technology industry can and must better serve elders like her who are not only curious about technology, but who are often forgotten in today’s rapidly changing society. “We What does the technology industry need to do to begin to fix issues around age discrimination?

Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing


Broadband penetration in K-12 schools reached over 98 percent , while low-cost computing devices like Chromebooks have proliferated in classrooms. Edtech providers are as vulnerable as their peers in other industries.

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How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

We spoke with her about the challenges and triumphs she’s seen in advocating for broadband access across the state for the second installment in our new Broadband Leaders series. . You’ve driven thousands of miles across the state to meet with school district leaders about their broadband upgrades. Even though there might not be any business or industry in that small town, there are still students that need to be served.