State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

Free School Broadband Comparison Tool

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Updates to the school broadband comparison tool make finding what neighboring and similar school districts are paying for broadband services even easier.

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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. If some kids can go home and learn, discover and backfill information, while other kids’ learning stops at school, that’s a huge problem.”.

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts

EdTech Magazine

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts. Then the school began to run up against its 200-megabit-per-second broadband limit. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:27.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

Our research has shown that school districts across the country pay vastly different prices for similar broadband services. Tools like EducationSuperHighway’s broadband price transparency website Compare & Connect K-12 can equip your team with data to negotiate better pricing.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. Cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity are tied for the top priorities for IT leaders in 2018, while budget constraints were marked as one of the most pressing challenges for a fourth straight year. In the survey, nearly 500 IT leaders offer information about their challenges and priorities, salaries and budgets. meghan.bogardu…. Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:56.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

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We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states,” said Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana. “We We spent a lot of time thinking about how we can improve the affordability [of broadband service for schools],” said Marwell, who was dubbed Visionary of the Year in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. Fixing the problem begins with identifying it and having easily accessible information about where it is prevalent.

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

In our work over the past three years to understand and analyze school broadband connectivity and costs, we have discovered high variance in the prices that school districts in different areas of the country—and even within the same state and county—pay for Internet access.

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.

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. Whether it’s continuing education, applying for a job, or access to the world’s information, the ability to connect is vital for economic opportunity. In the spring of 2016, the FCC voted to modernize the program to include broadband services for low income families.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

EducationSuperHighway joins New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry to focus on expanding broadband to more schools

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway was honored to join together with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry this week at an event at the Ellis School in Fremont to highlight the work being done in the Granite State towards expanding broadband to more schools in every community.

IT leaders expect steady increase in digital materials

FETC Converge

Uncategorized broadband networks digital educational materials digital learning information technology learning toolsTechnology leaders at the K-12 and higher ed levels said they expect more digital learning tools in their schools and on their campuses, but they also expressed concerns over having enough manpower to handle increased technology demands. Read more at eSchool News.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. The best of these efforts will bear in mind that broadband and hardware will only drive learning if we pair those investments with investments in redesigning classrooms to include blended-learning models. Armed with this information, statewide efforts to expand blended models can be better targeted and coordinated.

Arkansas invests $65 mil. in ultra high-speed internet for schools

eSchool News

The $65 million initiative for improved broadband service in Arkansas schools kicked off at a small ceremony held Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Smith School District’s Rogers Center. Broadband and internet IT Newsletter McClatchy News Top News Uncategorized

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Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate Featured on eSchool News IT Management Networking & Broadband News

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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

FETC Converge

With big changes to federal funding models, pressing bandwidth needs (on campus and at home), and the everlasting conversation between information technology and instruction departments, there’s a lot on their plates. Uncategorized bandwidth capacity E-Rate ESSA high-speed broadband information technologyDespite challenges, tech leaders see opportunities, too. Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

New tool helps districts compare bandwidth pricing

eSchool News

Through Compare & Connect K-12, school district technology directors and superintendents can easily view broadband pricing and bandwidth information for school districts across the country. internet IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News Top News

Alabama commits $12M to beef up wireless in poor and rural schools

eSchool News

In a rare unanimous vote, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill to free up $12 million that could help poor and rural schools get wireless broadband inside their walls. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter McClatchy Networking & Broadband News Top News

Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

eSchool News

The information has allowed us, for the first time, to accurately and clearly communicate the effectiveness of our technology initiatives.”. Digital Learning and Tools IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

Are cables in the classroom a thing of the past? Maybe

eSchool News

Many traditional classrooms and learning spaces have a data projector or TV screen that is used by the teacher or students to present information. HDMI over wi-fi is ready to obsolete cables and transform the classroom—almost.

Connected Nation and Funds For Learning Selected to Carry on Our Mission

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, an unprecedented coalition united behind a simple, but important, goal: to improve broadband in America’s K-12 classrooms. We are fortunate to be a part of a broadband community so committed to ensuring that bandwidth is never a barrier to digital learning.

Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. He is the chief information officer of Carroll County Schools in Maryland and leader of the Maryland K12 Technology Leadership Forum.

Know costs, investment ‘return’ when making technology decisions

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The Consortium for School Networking has developed a set of tools and resources to help CTOs and other school and district leaders make ‘smart’ IT decisions based on an information-gathering process. More… Uncategorized broadband networks Internet access Technology infrastructure wireless infrastructure

A new tool will help track internet equity

eSchool News

A new free tool launching later this year will provide critical information on K-12 internet pricing and availability across the nation. The tool also will report national and state connectivity trends to ensure that the E-rate program continues to effectively support school broadband access.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever. internet IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband COSN digital equity homework gap k12 schools

Texas district upgrades fiber optic network

eSchool News

CFISD is building a 100G network with the vision of providing students and staff ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ broadband access so they can easily interact and collaborate with peers and engage in distance learning initiatives.

Network Essentials: Understanding the basics of school district networks

Education Superhighway

Robust broadband that fully supports digital learning requires that each part of a district’s network be working in unison and at full capacity. The cost of broadband access has continuously decreased since 2013. From $22 per Mbps in 2013, the cost of broadband today is at $3.26

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

It also informs parents of the potential issue and what’s being done to mitigate it. “It’s Using active directory or its student information system (SIS) to automatically generate the accounts, the district hit a roadblock when Apple sent the parent sign-offs out for approval.

Bringing wi-fi, and parent engagement, to the community

eSchool News

For more information, visit www.dse2016.com. The interactive interface hooks parents into our student information system, and allows them to check their children’s grades, attendance, upcoming assignments, and important announcements.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

It was going to level the playing field for access to information… And they’re basically telling us the opposite is true, in their experience.”. While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. By Heidi Moore.