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

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

5 Ways to Get All Students Connected for Distance Learning

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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. Check your local library. With nearly all schools in the U.S.

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

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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. Sprint says it will partner with nonprofits My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and EveryoneOn to recruit community organizations, including schools, libraries, and public housing authorities, to the program.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

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Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”.

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

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About half own a tablet computer, while three-quarters own desktop or laptop computers. One idea for a quicker solution to help students work more effectively with smartphones or tablets may be to hook those devices up to relatively affordable external keyboards, which make typing easier.

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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Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Every student and teacher in the school receives a tablet device equipped with a 4G data plan regardless of whether or not they have access to data plans at home.

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Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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

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Meanwhile, millions of American students trek to public libraries and fast-food restaurants to get online after school, or they go without — a problem known as the “homework gap.”. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

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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.

The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

NPR Learning and Tech

President Obama announced an initiative to give e-books to low-income students while visiting the Anacostia Library in Washington on Thursday. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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In a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books. He prefers to go to bookshelf,” she said, “instead of sitting on the tablet and trying to figure it out.”.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Do they have tablets or cell phones with data plans? 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.

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. Google recently announced , It’s next-generation gaming platform.

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.

4 Ways to Improve Digital Equity in Your Classroom

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Solutions they proposed ranged from providing free citywide broadband access to giving students cellphones with preloaded data plans. What surprised me was that the students didn't focus on the lack of hardware (one working printer for over 1,000 students) or lack of high-speed networks (having to sit in a dark parking lot to use the public library's internet). Are there families who use only phones (or tablets) to access the internet?

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

I also had a tablet that I would rotate for 1:1 use, especially for kids who were still developing their fine motor skills. Mark Hurty: Without a broadband connection to the internet, none of my students’ resources would have been available.

4 Ways to Improve Digital Equity in Your Classroom

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Solutions they proposed ranged from providing free citywide broadband access to giving students cellphones with preloaded data plans. What surprised me was that the students didn't focus on the lack of hardware (one working printer for over 1,000 students) or lack of high-speed networks (having to sit in a dark parking lot to use the public library's internet). Are there families who use only phones (or tablets) to access the internet?

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

I also had a tablet that I would rotate for 1:1 use, especially for kids who were still developing their fine motor skills. During parent-teacher conferences, I would give family members names of websites/apps they could go on at home or at the library to help their kids with vocabulary and sight words. Mark Hurty: Without a broadband connection to the internet, none of my students’ resources would have been available.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Early Literacy in the U.S.: Building a Pathway to Opportunity for All

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Working together with members of Congress as well as technology and publishing firms, the Obama administration has launched ConnectED , a multi-billion dollar initiative aimed at wiring every classroom, modernizing school libraries, increasing professional development, and activating technology-infused professional learning communities. Address the lack of broadband Internet access in many lower-income homes.

Early Literacy in the U.S.: Building a Pathway to Opportunity for All

Graphite Blog

Working together with members of Congress as well as technology and publishing firms, the Obama administration has launched ConnectED , a multi-billion dollar initiative aimed at wiring every classroom, modernizing school libraries, increasing professional development, and activating technology-infused professional learning communities. Address the lack of broadband Internet access in many lower-income homes.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - SLS14 Expanded! - Open Natural Math Class - Educate to Liberate or Control?

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference is almost here! Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. The recordings of recent FutureofEducation.com shows are posted: David Loertscher on Library 2.0 , Gina Bianchini on Mightybell , Tim Wilson on Redirect , Peter Cookson on a Children''s Education Bill of Rights , and an iPads in the Classroom report.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. We’re doing everything we can,” says Mr. Norton, as the seniors in the library close their balky laptops and head to class.

The History of the Future of E-rate

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E-rate is the name commonly used to describe the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The legislation also ordered telecom companies to provide their services to all public schools and libraries at discounted rates – from 20% to 90% off depending on the services provided and number of students receiving free and reduced school lunches.