The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.

Bringing wi-fi, and parent engagement, to the community

eSchool News

Our laptop initiative provides the hardware and software for secondary students to complete homework assignments and collaborate digitally. For more information about STAR Kiosks, see the video below: internet IT Newsletter broadband Digital Signage dse equity gap wi-fiKent School District’s new kiosks are bringing the SIS and free wi-fi to the community.

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Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Kajeet ’s ConnectEdNow campaign , announced in June, aims to make broadband access more affordable by providing students with portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices, a $200 mobile device subsidy and discounted data plans from Verizon , T-Mobile and other LTE providers. Broadband access still is limited in some rural areas. In addition to extra homework time, offering Wi-Fi during students’ rides might also provide some secondary benefits.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. The broadband itself was sufficient for the number of devices they had now, but what if they wanted to use more devices? The district upgraded its secondary schools first and then moved to the elementary schools.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. Ensure school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and infrastructure. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. CUE Advocacy Update.

A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

Developed by the University of New Mexico-Taos Education and Career Center and local business partners, Taos HIVE was designed to solve challenges unique to rural communities, such as geographic isolation, education deserts , and lack of access to broadband and other services.

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Flipping the higher ed new normal: from synchronous to asynchronous education

Bryan Alexander

Screenshots of students and faculty in their Hollywood Square boxes are the emerging icons of the new post-secondary order. Those that do might struggle with limitations of data caps or competing with folks thrust together in a lockdown and each hungry for broadband.

PROOF POINTS: A warning sign that the freshman class will shrink again in the fall of 2021

The Hechinger Report

But given the trends we’ve seen, we risk backpedaling on that progress if we fail to help those kids find a post-secondary pathway now.”. Broadband connectivity is a problem,” said DeBaun of the National College Attainment Network.

Innovators Worth Watching: Reliance Jio

The Christensen Institute

Even among users who already have a phone but use Jio as a secondary sim card (approximately 82% of Jio’s users), there is a strong desire for the cheaper connections offered by Jio. With fixed-line high speed broadband services, Jio plans to bring nextgen connectivity to enterprises, homes and public spaces. Our “Innovators Worth Watching” series spotlights interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries.

The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

Edsurge

Our primary and secondary education systems formed around teachers imparting knowledge. But computing power, device adoption, pervasive broadband and exponentially networked collaboration platforms of the past decade have already moved us to a world of information abundance.

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Developing Data-Driven Equity Practices and Partnerships

edWeb.net

Preparations to ensure the virtual academy provided an equitable education for all students were based in part on data that revealed approximately 60% of student households only had cell phone access to the internet, rather than broadband access. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

As the Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education office, Ken Klau is focused on the strategy for rethinking the structure and delivery of learning, building a more student-centered system of public education, and creating the next generation of K–12 learning environments. And Compare and Connect K-12 shone a light on what districts paid for broadband, giving them leverage to negotiate better rates.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

edWeb.net

One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools.

Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA and E-Rate

Graphite Blog

This category covers the services necessary to support broadband connectivity in schools and libraries, including data links that connect multiple points, services used to connect eligible locations to the internet, and services that provide basic conduit access to the internet.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

With the ability to log into lessons online, students at the secondary level won’t have to miss instruction even if they’re suspended, says Superintendent L.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Led interactive webinars to improve broadband price transparency and discuss opportunities for school districts to increase bandwidth for little to no additional cost. Collaborated with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), MassIT, and the Department of.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

Edsurge

higher education courseware business despite gains in digital—all because of secondary textbook market’s impact. For some students who lack access to broadband and digital devices, and for some schools that can’t handle the logistics of a device for every student, print remains the most accessible way to learn. Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete.

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

Edsurge

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. Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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Flipping the higher ed new normal: from synchronous to asynchronous education

Bryan Alexander

Screenshots of students and faculty in their Hollywood Square boxes are the emerging icons of the new post-secondary order. Those that do might struggle with limitations of data caps or competing with folks thrust together in a lockdown and each hungry for broadband.

4 things innovative districts do to improve graduation rates

eSchool News

We rounded up some best practices League members use to ensure students stay in school, get their degrees, and are prepared for success in their post-secondary endeavors. Yet every student in Piedmont is given a laptop in school and to take home and, through partnerships developed by the district, can access free or low-cost broadband 24/7. Forward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside the Classroom Report , by the Department of Education, identified the three main causes of digital inequity as access and cost of high speed broadband and the lack of understanding by school families as to the importance of internet to support their students’ education. Green Bay Area PS had a laptop cart model until 2017 when they established the Ninja Deployment initiative that resulted 1:1 devices at the secondary level and 1.5:1

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

Texas got rootEd’s attention, she said, because a new education finance law , HB3, includes funding to encourage post-secondary enrollment that could help support their efforts there. percent of residents have broadband).

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

Source: EdSurge Higher Education & Post-Secondary Post-secondary tools altogether saw a notable bump in funding. Continued improvements in school technology infrastructure, in particular the “penetration of broadband and digital devices,” says Rogers, is making it possible for “best-in-class digital solutions to win in the market.” For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

A New Definition For Equity In Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

The ratio of girls enrolled in primary school rose from 85 to 93 per 100 boys between 1999 and 2010, whereas it fell from 83 to 82 and from 67 to 63 at the secondary and tertiary levels. A New Definition For Equity In Education. by Terry Heick. In a profession increasingly full of angst and positioning and corrective policy, there are few ideas as easy to get behind as equity. Equal. Equality. Equity. Equilibrium. Equate.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

After eight years without a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESSA becomes law with references to school libraries and librarians. I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Alison is an experienced secondary school English teacher, a Florida native and a graduate of the Florida State University. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

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Editor’s Picks 2015, No. four: 4 things innovative districts do to improve graduation rates

eSchool News

We rounded up some best practices League members use to ensure students stay in school, get their degrees, and are prepared for success in their post-secondary endeavors. Yet every student in Piedmont is given a laptop in school and to take home and, through partnerships developed by the district, can access free or low-cost broadband 24/7. Forward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness.

Students break single-venue learning world record

eSchool News

The school’s internet broadband was upgraded especially for the event, with each classroom fitted with video and audio communication and wifi infrastructure by Cypher Martin. Students from kindergarten to secondary school and technical colleges were then taught simultaneously the importance of “water” to mankind with presentations from Erwin Huang, Kenneth Lo (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) sharing the University’s student projects with communities in Cambodia.

The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning is growing like crazy. We have several sessions each day, with 152 presentations, 156 curated recordings, and (lots) more coming ( that could include you! ).

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

edWeb.net

The Future Ready movement grew out of the Connect Ed initiative launched by President Obama in 2013 with several goals: to connect 99% of students in schools to broadband, and to address the need for more professional learning and leadership to ensure the effective use of technology. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at PreK-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

CERTIPORT & EC-COUNCIL ASSOCIATE SERIES CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM ( certiport.pearsonvue.com ) & ( www.eccouncil.org ) Certiport announced a certification program for secondary schools and higher education in partnership with EC-Council.