New software supports safe internet use, reporting

eSchool News

The software’s release supports international legislation obliging schools to introduce filtering technology and monitor students’ internet use more closely to safeguard and promote their welfare and prevent them “from being drawn into terrorism.”.

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. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

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How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map

eSchool News

As efforts to increase bandwidth and internet connectivity in K-12 schools grow, a new report from CDW-G, based on a survey of 400 K-12 IT professionals, reveals just now connected — or not — the nation’s classrooms are today.

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Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Enabling users to combine text with images and narration, the software has the potential to help boost literacy skills and appeal to diverse learning styles. While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?


But when it comes to the biggest stories of the year thus far, what are the writers themselves—education reporters—reading and thinking about? Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. It's a full-time online charter school with the idea that students would be spending about 90% of their time online via software. Increasingly, that means broadband.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Yet, while none of the jobs at play during my doctor’s visit seems to be threatened anytime soon by the digital doomsday tales we hear about in such reports, each employee had clearly been impacted by a pretty standard software transition that occurs every single day across all industries.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

The seminal Coleman Report published in 1966 showed that student outcomes inside the classroom are predicated on their circumstances outside the classroom. We must continue to provide access to software, online libraries and educational videos.

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


This diversity is driven by: advancements in online learning system design, rapid roll-out of broadband world-wide, the changing dynamics of the labor market and. Graduates can go on to six-figure salaries in highly profile positions at sought after software companies.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

A new playbook for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Mississippi experienced a single-day record Monday with nearly 500 new coronavirus cases reported. Residents of rural areas are less likely to have access to broadband at home than those living in larger cities.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


No More Predictions One of the assumptions behind the Gates’ prediction is that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. When I told you about this type of software in previous letters, it was mostly speculative,” Bill Gates wrote in his annual letter this year.

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From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’


boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet.

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


When new trends become the norm, report findings sometimes elicit more shrugs than surprise. 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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SIIA, a Pioneering Convenor for the Edtech Industry, Scraps Its Conferences


Last week, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that its education technology group will no longer operate as its own division beginning July 1. SIIA dates back to 1984, when it was known as the Software Publishers Association.

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of Mississippi children will have access to the software this summer as part of an effort to support incoming kindergarteners during the coronavirus pandemic.Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Monthly broadband fees. Over the last five years, the cost of school broadband has decreased by 85%. In addition to keeping the network running well, these tools can help diagnose problems with devices and software, saving staff time and preventing problems.

Three Things We Learned at Khan Academy Over the Last Decade


Technology can be pen and paper, or adaptive software, or whatever is most helpful for the learning task at hand. In 2015, a major report from the research nonprofit RAND found that personalized learning works, confirming many of our hopes.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education.

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A Bootcamp Down Under: Trilogy Education Extends University Tech Training Globally


When we look at Australia and Melbourne, we see 200,000 open tech positions and large companies looking to fill their gap,” says CEO Dan Sommer, referring to a Deloitte report that projected a need for more tech workers in Australia over the next five years. As technology companies from Google to Salesforce plant roots in Australia, government and business leaders down under are trying to figure out ways to train students and workers to keep up with a changing workforce. One U.S.

Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

EdTech Magazine

With 81 percent of superintendents reporting that improving the academic performance of underprepared students is their biggest challenge , finding ways to bring in more qualified teachers is a priority. Thankfully, technologies such as virtual reality and collaboration software can assist with the training and recruiting of better teachers. Virtual teachers were also the solution for a teacher shortage in Georgia’s Bibb County School District, Education Week reports.

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ADAPTING TO THE NEW CLASSROOM By Sascha Zuger Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. Free School Broadband Comparison Tool ?

Blockchain Misconceptions and the Future of Education

Doug Levin

I’ve read and discussed both the KnowledgeWorks Foundation report, Learning on the Block , and Learning is Earning 2026 , the latter of which was introduced by Jane McGonigal on the keynote stage at SXSWedu. Blockchain technology may seem magical, but it is not magic.

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention


schools accessing high-speed broadband, and devices all but ubiquitous in the classroom, the question is no longer whether teachers and students are using technology, but how. Teachers themselves report a lack of confidence using technology tools in the classroom.

Marketplace trend update: 6 new products, teaching strategies, and learning initiatives

eSchool News

When it comes to ed-tech software, customization may be key in ensuring teaching and learning success, according to research from the Clayton Christensen Institute. The need for high-speed broadband internet in every classroom in the U.S.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Jessica Huseman for The Hechinger Report. Miller is one of many vocal critics of the wide disparities in education technology pricing, which he and others contend is becoming an increasingly pressing problem as more devices and software enter U.S. billion was spent on software.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

As edtech leaders and stakeholders work to eliminate the homework gap, solutions such as mobile hotspots, low-cost broadband, private LTE networks and even Wifi on buses have the potential to ensure that students have 24/7 access to their education.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?


Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Esri has granted 200,000 students access to its professional online GIS mapping software for doing projects.

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School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Effective school board members focus on what is best for all students.

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

Doug Levin

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. Tagged on: July 21, 2017 Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school | The Economist → Reformers are using new software to “personalise” learning: How well the model will work when it spreads is unclear.

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District Leaders Plead to Stop Using 'Tech Plans'

Leadership Lounge

The technology plan informs schools how they will use, purchase and refresh hardware and software. The need for broadband, devices, data security, privacy protocols and network infrastructure is as normal as a textbook is to create learning opportunities that engage students.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?


However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode. Reported percentages for quarters in 2018 appear to be similar. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. That’s why Middletown is investing as much in professional learning for teachers as it is in devices and broadband.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Effective school board members focus on what is best for all students.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress. They researched trophy designs, used software to create the trophies, and printed them on the 3D printer.