A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

E-Rate Funding Applications Total $3.9B for 2015

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Online Learning WirelessFrank Smith 'These requests reflect long pent-up demand' says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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E-Rate 2.0: Advice for Companies Navigating Changes to the Program

Marketplace K-12

E-rate For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement broadband erate edtechBusinesses working with schools can help themselves by closely monitoring applications to the E-rate program, and their use of federal discounts made available, a newly published guide says.

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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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

U.S. expanding internet access to 200k low-income kids

eSchool News

ConnectHome will link 270,000 households, and 200,000 children, with broadband access in 28 communities including the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Broadband and internet McClatchy News Online Learning Top News

Cincinnati Schools launches blended learning AP courses

eSchool News

“Boot camp” sessions introduce students to new blended learning platform. Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is launching an Advanced Placement (AP) Blended Learning program, and wireless provider Kajeet will provide students with mobile hotspots to support the district’s efforts.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, Everywhere you walk through this building, you can learn from it.”.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

When teachers don’t know if a program will crash midway through class – or work at all – they are often hesitant to use online programs to enhance lessons. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Is technology necessary to personalize learning? Credit: Getty Images.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything. Future of Learning.

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

The Christensen Institute

We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work.

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

eSchool News

The Internet Broadband Expansion for Minnesota Students grants help provide students with the high-speed internet connections needed to complete homework and access other online learning opportunities.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap.

Is your school’s network ready for the future of education?

FETC Converge

A few weeks ago, “The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K–12 Edition” outlined coding, online learning, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality as the key education trends for the next five years. As identified in its 2016 reported titled “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning,” SETDA recommends that making sure enough high-speed internet is available is paramount to a school’s future.

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. Accessing systems (network drives, online resources, etc.)

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

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. But the disruptive story of online learning is far from complete.

Campus vs. Online: Where is the future of education located?

Neo LMS

When considering that technology is playing an ever-increasing role in education, specifically the use of online learning tools, what the future of education looks like is a question many educational historians ponder. Going online: a wise direction for HE institutions?

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

If your state is among the majority that tests students online (or plans to), the fact of the matter is that you have such technology requirements already in place. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Having a reliable network that supports your learning goals must be balanced with the cost to build and maintain that network. Monthly broadband fees. Over the last five years, the cost of school broadband has decreased by 85%.

NJSBA Launches Connectivity Initiative to Advance Internet Access in Schools

Education Superhighway

New Jersey school districts have made tremendous progress in closing the connectivity gap over the past four years, but over 10,000 students still need more bandwidth for digital learning. Read on to learn more. .

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. The bird’s-eye results: 65 percent of teachers say they use digital learning tools every day; 87 percent report using them at least a few days each week.

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Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

About 20 students gazed at their laptops, an online poll open on each screen. Then, without missing a beat, she switched the smartboard display and launched into a multiple-choice quiz using a game-based online learning platform called Kahoot!

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. Others spend long hours studying in the computer labs at the Doña Ana Community College Hatch Learning Center, adjacent to the high school.

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

According to Future Ready Schools , there are 21 million students in the US who still lack the broadband capabilities necessary for digital learning. Digital Learning and Tools eSchool Media Featured on eSchool News How-to IT Newsletter

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom. We spoke with her about the challenges and triumphs she’s seen in advocating for broadband access across the state for the second installment in our new Broadband Leaders series. .

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, said that in the wake of a collective national shift over recent decades to online learning as “the way we do education,” now is the critical moment “to get serious about ubiquitous access.” to repurpose the Educational Broadband Service spectrum.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

The stunt came years before the CEO’s company, Byju’s, launched a learning app that would take the company to 35 million downloads, with 2.7 He offered online live and video classes through broadband and satellite to teach students beyond the centers’ walls.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM

Edsurge

Her boldest claim: That her administration would close the digital divide by 2020 with 100 percent of American families having the "option" of quality broadband. She pledged that her administration would commit $10 billion in federal funding toward students enrolling in “promising new programs—such as nanodegrees, accelerated learning programs for computer coding, career and technical training, certificates for “specializations,” and online learning.”

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal

Edsurge

The budget did not mention any details about the Office of Education Technology, or how the staggering cuts could affect edtech initiatives like the department’s #GoOpen campaign or its commitment to connect 99 percent of American students to broadband by 2018. The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices.

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Forecasting the Future of ED’s Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos

Edsurge

Under the Obama administration, this office spearheaded efforts around increasing broadband access for schools and libraries, expanding the use of open educational resources through the #GoOpen campaign, and improving teacher preparation programs. It would be rather ironic if, after her contentious confirmation process, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found herself out of a job. Yet that might be the case if House Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ken.) has his way.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. " Tagged on: July 23, 2017 Education Division Strategic Plan | National Governors Association → NGA's Education Division has a new strategic plan (2017-2020), which includes a focus on personalized learning. Enter personalized learning (PL)."

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Academic Leaders Make Case for Net Neutrality

Edsurge

The Federal Communications Commission is reconsidering how it regulates the flow of information online, and academic groups are making their case to protect so-called “net neutrality” rules. It simply comes down to who gets to determine when, where and how our stakeholders get to access our online resources and services via their home and mobile connections,” Cummings said.