6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

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Education leaders expect school internet needs to increase over the next several years, highlighting the need for increased bandwidth and resources to support growing digital learning demands on school networks. The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

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. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. We are very fortunate to have a school district that supports technology in the classroom and provides extended computer lab hours, one-to-one access to laptops and desktops, and online learning resources for teachers to enrich their curriculum and lesson plans.”. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

What You Need to Know About E-rate

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” This rarely noticed charge helps fund a variety of programs that enable families, libraries, and schools to stay connected. One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served.

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

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We put a spotlight on examples of how real IT leaders make innovation a priority for their district, and we examine priorities such as content accessibility, broadband access, and supporting UDL. Stay tuned for eSchool News Guides on library media technology, online/blended learning, and more. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

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Low Tech? No Problem. Here are 3 Alternative Ways to Help Distance Learning Happen.

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Here are three alternative ideas for how to ensure students can learn from home when necessary. Using learning material and platforms that are accessible on any device may help more students stay on track with schoolwork while they’re stuck at home. The tests will be device-agnostic, meaning students will be able to complete them at home using computers, tablets or mobile phones , or even write their responses by hand and take a photo of them to submit.