OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

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

EdTech Magazine

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts. During the past school year, IT officials at Wachusett Regional High School in Massachusetts began what would later become a one-to-one Chromebook rollout, deploying five technology carts holding 25 laptops each. . Then the school began to run up against its 200-megabit-per-second broadband limit. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:27.


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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. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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


As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet. “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.

Broadband is a human right

Learning with 'e's

Miguel Brechner's keynote this morning focused on the CEIBAL one-laptop-per-child project in the schools of Uruguay. In a gently humourous style, and laced with football analogies (he delighted in reminded his audience that Uruguay had once beaten Brazil to win the Soccer World Cup), Miguel Brechner demonstrated how giving a free laptop to each child has liberated them to learn in their own way and in their own time. Leeds Sugata Mitra #altc2011 broadband ALT-C Miguel Brechner

Free wi-fi project could level the playing field for students

eSchool News

Her daughters, ages 8 and 4, don’t yet have school-issued laptops or tablets, but they will be able to bring them home in a few years. Both her kids have laptops provided by the school, and more of their work is becoming centered online, she said. “I Students in grades six through 12 are allowed to take home laptops provided by the school department, and Chromebooks are now being distributed to students in grades three through five.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. I’ve spent considerable time at schools in Asia and Scandinavia, and I can tell you neither has bandwidth problems or spinning rainbows on their [laptop] screens.”. Is it the future of networking?

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

Devices available through the project are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hotspots. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband NewsSprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years.

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

eSchool News

Eight in 10 surveyed high school students own a smartphone, and those same students are almost eight times a likely to prefer laptops, notebooks and Chromebooks for learning (38 percent to 5 percent). The survey also indicated that participating African American and Hispanic students are much more likely than white students to say it is important for schools to provide a laptop or tablet for each student to use at school.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

The devices, paired with school laptop computers, give students online access outside school hours for homework. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiHotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. At Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library.

Alabama district puts wi-fi on buses

eSchool News

Cedar Ridge student Destin Ishman used his school-issued laptop to check his semester grades. “It McClatchy Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top NewsPlan for digital conversion prompts district to examine Wi-Fi availability. Because of the need to make sure every student has 24-hour internet access, buses may play a significant role in Decatur City Schools’ (Ala.) plan to change how it delivers education.

Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

BRUNSWICK, Maine—Like many school districts, Brunswick School Department in Maine suddenly has a lot more laptops and tablets to manage than it planned for. billion Emergency Connectivity Fund, which allows schools to apply for funds to pay for home broadband and devices for their students.

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

eSchool News

As a forward-thinking, technology-driven district, we’ve long considered ourselves pioneers in bringing technology to students, and we’re proud of our mature, successful one-to-one laptop initiative. Our laptop initiative provides the hardware and software for secondary students to complete homework assignments and collaborate digitally. For more information about STAR Kiosks, see the video below: internet IT Newsletter broadband Digital Signage dse equity gap wi-fi

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

Left to navigate the ins and outs of using tablets or laptops in the classrooms on their own, teachers may quickly return to their traditional teaching methods as the equipment gathers dust and/or gets used primarily for entertainment and gaming. To overcome this problem, Schwab said districts need to put time and effort into training educators on how to effectively integrate the iPads, Chromebooks, or laptops into their instructional flow.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

For many Americans, going without broadband internet would be like giving up water or electricity because it’s a means to their livelihood. Specifically, over nine million children don’t have broadband at home.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Many have teamed up with service providers, technology companies and nonprofit organizations to find cost-effective solutions to deliver laptops, mobile devices and broadband internet to those who need them The homework gap, characterized by the technological barriers and disparities students face when doing schoolwork at home, is a long-standing issue in education.

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Many have teamed up with service providers, technology companies and nonprofit organizations to find cost-effective solutions to deliver laptops, mobile devices and broadband internet to those who need them The homework gap, characterized by the technological barriers and disparities students face when doing schoolwork at home, is a long-standing issue in education.

Tools and strategies to make remote learning click for all students


don’t have a broadband connection and don’t own a laptop or computer. Over the last year or so, remote learning has developed a reputation as a solution to education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide


Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The state of Connecticut thinks it may have found a straightforward solution to the problem: Give every student in grades K-12 a laptop and pay for their internet.

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected


In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. When schools closed last March, roughly 16 million U.S.

5 Ways to Get All Students Connected for Distance Learning

Graphite Blog

This shift to technology-mediated teaching and learning puts a spotlight on the homework gap -- the divide between students who have home broadband access and those who do not. With nearly all schools in the U.S.

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.

Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

Repurpose cart devices or class laptops to go home. Check with your local broadband provider to see if they have free access programs. Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

The space was outfitted with modern furniture, laptops and audiovisual equipment. . Besides expanding internet use, districts can outfit makerspaces with the proper tools and technology — laptops, 3D printing, coding kits — for students to get started. With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

What is alarming for advocates and policy-makers, is that even for families that do have broadband internet access at home, the survey found that most are “ under-connected ,” or lacking devices or service that are sufficient and reliable enough for remote learning.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures


Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the last decade you will also know that mobile is booming: the statistics bare this out with a 20% year-on-year increase in the uptake of mobile broadband (data) subscriptions. Looking through some of the Pew Center’s research on this makes for some interesting reading particularly with regard to trends around mobile usage compared with fixed broadband. Welcome to NEO Blog 2018!

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. Beyond internet capability, not every student has access to a laptop or tablet necessary for most ed-tech tools.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. One example is Midcontinent Communications , which provides low-cost broadband and free wireless modems to qualifying families in Minnesota, as well as in North and South Dakota.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Personal hotspots, which allow students to connect a laptop or tablet with a cellular data connection, have been the most popular solution because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

Live Education Events Are Back. But if They Host It, Will You Come?


Some will have a live emcee behind a laptop encouraging cross-participation between presenters and online attendees following along at home. Attendees won’t have to make such fraught choices at the annual Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference in Arlington, Va.—scheduled

How Tech Enhances Class Performance

Ask a Tech Teacher

California has recently increased state investment in school technology , focusing on better broadband connections and supporting further teaching of computer science. A study by the University of Phoenix found that almost two thirds of K-12 teachers regularly use laptops and computers in class. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Jane Sandwood, has interesting ideas on blending tech with tradition: Balancing Technology With Traditional Teaching To Enhance Performance In Class.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades. The number of devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones your network is supporting. Through an annual application process, school districts can request funding for the infrastructure and implementation of broadband and Wi-Fi.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

Their students have internet connections at home, laptops they can work from, teachers who know how to design online lessons and a strong foundation of in-school blended learning experience.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide


For instance if you only have one laptop with broadband access that requires a teacher sign-in, then look at designing project-based learning modules with teams of students where online research is simply one component of a larger project. Look at flipping your classroom on these occasions so that each group gets equal access to the laptop for research over a number of class periods.