A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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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.

4 things districts need to know before moving to online learning

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4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

MindShift

With most schools closed nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. The poll of 849 teenagers , by Common Sense Media, conducted with SurveyMonkey, found that as schools across the country transition to some form of online learning, 41% of teenagers overall, including 47% of public school students, say they haven’t attended a single online or virtual class.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

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How Schools Are preparing – and Not Preparing – Children for Climate Change,” reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. We’re still learning how to fly as we’re flying,” he said. “We

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

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But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. Credit: Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

OPINION: The outbreak didn’t need to be this hard on students — we can do better next time by rethinking how and when learning takes place

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Many offices were arguably ready to go online. We have failed to address the persistent inequities in student access to technology, broadband internet social networks, mentors, enrichment activities, community and service learning, and the other elements that comprise learning.

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.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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My biggest worry is the kids I’ve gotten no response from,” said Rose, who is retiring in June and never expected to end her career struggling with online teaching. “I’m Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade.

Online higher education isn’t winning over students forced off campus by the coronavirus

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Students on the quad at the University of Washington, one of the first institutions to shift classes online because of the coronavirus. The vice provost promises instruction online will improve. Photo: Sy Bean for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

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

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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.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

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

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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

The future includes good (human) teachers

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He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. Learning in practice is no longer about extracting knowledge; it is about constructing it — and that’s what separates humans from machines.

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

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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.

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

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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. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, ARLINGTON, Va.

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

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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. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. They can’t access online encyclopedias. Future of Learning.

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

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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.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of Learning.

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?

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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?

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

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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.

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

Edsurge

When new trends become the norm, report findings sometimes elicit more shrugs than surprise. In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools.

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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%.

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

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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!

#AskExcelinEd: How will private school closures financially impact local school districts?

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Students and parents, many of whom lack access to broadband internet access and digital devices, are trying to adapt to online learning. A recent report from the state’s Department of Administration shows nearly 18,530 students enrolled in private schools in Mecklenburg County.

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

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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. The report, which calls the matter an issue of “civil rights,” indicated that 75 percent of school district leaders have no data on their students’ Internet access outside of school, while 70 percent of teachers nationally report assigning homework that requires access.

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. Some students reportedly do their homework in the parking lot at Pic Quik, which offers free Wi-Fi access.

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. .

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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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 The company reported revenue of 14 billion rupees (about USD$196.89

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. I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Summer.

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

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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. According to the ED Press Office, there is no official word on who the new OET director will be, in spite of a Politico report that 18 new employees recently joined the department.

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.

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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project. " Hopefully, not shades of future conversations about learning analytics.

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