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Rural areas have been slow to connect to broadband. More public funding could speed things up

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But there is one essential that has always been scarce in this part of the country and that she couldn’t stock up on: Broadband access. Perry’s home isn’t wired for broadband access. The lack of broadband access effectively ended the 2019-20 school year in March of 2020.

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.

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Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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For those who care about rural education, this is a big disappointment,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking , a nonprofit membership organization for school technology leaders. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

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. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all. In Connecticut, for example, public schools as well as other organizations receive broadband services from the CEN.

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2022 Homework Gap Grant Program for K-12 Schools and Districts, Colleges and Universities, and Public Libraries

eSchool News

This funding opportunity will allow K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, and public libraries to connect students to safe, reliable internet outside of the classroom. “At patents in mobile technologies. MCLEAN, VA.

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.

Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap

eSchool News

This is the chasm between the homes with and those without access to quality broadband. In rural schools, the availability of internet access beyond school and home can be difficult to obtain, while students in urban areas often can poach access from libraries, open networks in the community, or nearby fast food restaurants. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News internet Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top News

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. public libraries.

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Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. and at the Library 2.0

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

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Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We We really directed districts to provide those cellular hotspots to kids who had a lot of mobility needs.”

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Before we start handing out devices, we want to make sure that all of students are on an even playing field; our board was very intent on this,” said Leeann Dooley, K-12 assistant principal and technology coordinator at the district. Equity has become a pretty important word in the K-12 sector over the last few years as schools and districts integrate more technology applications, devices, and software into the learning environment.

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

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And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Before putting its emergency instruction on hold, Northshore had already distributed 4,000 devices and around 600 mobile hotspots to families. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

That was one frustrating situation Jean Tower recalls encountering when she started as director of technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough , Massachusetts, about six years ago. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers on how they use technology, “there are striking differences in the role of technology in wealthier school districts compared with poorer school districts.”.

Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

Access the required site through mobile devices. Provide mobile hotspots distributed by school. Check with your local broadband provider to see if they have free access programs. GetEpic –Digital library for kid’s books.

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. Most households have mobile devices, but it’s hard to get work done on a phone.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. That’s why district leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

” 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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Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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Educators and digital equity advocates have tried a number of solutions to close the so-called “homework gap,” from deploying mobile hotspots to getting help from local businesses , but the problem has persisted. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Remote Instruction Coronavirus

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

eSchool News

K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, public libraries, education and career non-profits and municipalities, the program will grant winners one year of free Kajeet internet connectivity hardware and managed service on its award-winning mobile connectivity platform, Sentinel®.

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

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One big barrier to sustaining education via remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic has been students’ unequal access to advanced technology tools. Any Device Will Do Americans have lots of consumer technology tools to choose from, and they haven’t all made the same selections.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Do all of my families live in an area that provides the infrastructure necessary to use technology? It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access. There are computer labs and public libraries, but again there needs to be infrastructure in place. Does the family have the means or motivation to make educational use of technology at home a priority? But our first job is to teach the student, not the technology.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Tracy Smith, Parkland’s assistant to the superintendent for operations, spoke with EdTech about the district’s strategies and best practices for improving digital equity and shared her hopes for bringing broadband to every home in the Lehigh Valley region. . Technology can make a difference , and in this case it’s a good fit. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn how mobile apps might help close the “homework gap.”. We also work with our community library to make sure they are a resource.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

Higher education is America’s most effective engine of economic and social mobility, and it plays a historically important role in creating a thriving democracy. Related: OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible.

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

eSchool News

In the guide, we take a look at how IT leaders work with administrators and teachers to secure district buy-in for new technology, and we also check in with experts to outline a few ways to navigate a technology upgrade.

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Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

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monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. With beloved titles such as Street Fighter IV, Back to the Future and Toy Story 3 in the launch library. Theoretically, Stadia hosted games could be streamed to tablets, mobiles and headsets directly. Articles Blog Technology Augmented Reality Cloud Computing Mixed Reality Serious Games simulation technology Virtual Reality

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

The classes are a product of RIFLI’s plan to create a 1:1 classroom computing model that, according to RIFLI’s Director Karisa Tashjian, “blurs the lines between language/content learning and using technology.” Faced with these numbers, agencies like RIFLI are rethinking how they do business, creating a noteworthy model based in building up technology and community partnerships.

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?

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Library of Congress ) The photos, shot in black and white, are from the early 20th century, and the disease in question was tuberculosis. In June, the group mobilized. Education Technology Teaching & Learning School Safety Coronavirus

Nova Launches National Youth Science Communication Initiative: Nova Science Studio

eSchool News

NOVA is the most popular primetime science series on American television, demystifying the scientific and technological concepts that shape and define our lives, our planet, and our universe. In addition, science educators across the country rely on NOVA for resources used in the classroom as well as in museums, libraries, and after-school programs. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

This disparity in home computer and internet access, dubbed the “homework gap,” was a slow-burning problem for most districts in the days when schools were in session and students could get online at libraries, after-school programs, coffee shops and other community gathering spots.

From Flip Phones and Faxes to Future Focused Learning

Fractus Learning

Technology for me in the 1980s was a dodgy microfiche in the university library and then my trusty and often dusty overhead projector in my classroom. They are far more used to technology, having grown up with computers and mobile phones. Some of them initially had a foot in each camp when asked about integrating technology into the classroom. Or if you like, Generation Technology. Using technology just because it’s there is not a good idea.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

edWeb.net

When asked about the hurdles that happened due to schools closing on March 13th, 2020, all four presenters agreed that broadband, not devices, challenged their districts to provide equitable access to learning no matter their districts’ geographic location or demographics. By Eileen Belastock.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

In a sneak peek of the results from the forthcoming CoSN third annual E-Rate & Broadband Survey, which will be available by mid-October, the vast majority of U.S. school districts continue to report they are not currently doing anything to address technology access outside of school; 75 percent reported "no action" vs. 82 percent last year. Step 4: Seek mobile-hot-spot programs. Step 5: Take advantage of special broadband offerings.