Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

Are cables in the classroom a thing of the past? Maybe

eSchool News

Tablet technology has allowed this freedom. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter Top News cables dongle hdmi iPad miracast smartboard surface pro tablets whiteboard wifi wires HDMI over wi-fi is ready to obsolete cables and transform the classroom—almost. Wires in classrooms are an inconvenience, yet they have been an inescapable fact of life for over a decade.

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Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

eSchool News

Use of both tablets and smartphones (at home, school or elsewhere) has risen across all grade levels. In 2015, nearly 80 percent of surveyed elementary students reported using a tablet regularly compared with 66 percent in 2014. Nearly 70 percent of middle school students in the survey used a tablet regularly in 2015 compared to 58 percent in 2014. Almost 50 percent of surveyed high school students use a tablet on a regular basis versus 42 percent in 2014.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

Devices available through the project are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hotspots. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband NewsSprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years.

What's the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

A new survey on mobile learning from Project Tomorrow shows that today's schools are relying increasingly on students having experience with devices like smartphones and tablets to engage in modern curriculum. Classroom Digital Content Mobile Broadband Mobile Device Management MobilityFrank Smith Mobile devices are more prevalent in K–12 classrooms than ever.

Free wi-fi project could level the playing field for students

eSchool News

Her daughters, ages 8 and 4, don’t yet have school-issued laptops or tablets, but they will be able to bring them home in a few years. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter McClatchy Networking & Broadband News best free future help internet internet access IT kids laptops lunch month school networks school wireless wireless wireless internetBangor’s plans could outline best practices for wireless initiatives in other cities.

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

Left to navigate the ins and outs of using tablets or laptops in the classrooms on their own, teachers may quickly return to their traditional teaching methods as the equipment gathers dust and/or gets used primarily for entertainment and gaming. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter Keys to Successful Mobile Learning Making One-to-One Computing a Reality Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top NewsNot all implementations are smooth sailing.

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

eSchool News

For example, my school provided Surface Pro 3 devices to all staff as the educational goals required the power of a full laptop computer, the form factor of a tablet and the advantages of “real” granular stylus enabling digital ink and digital paper (as compared to the rather primitive touch capabilities provided by some tablet devices). Follow these guidelines to create a technology infrastructure that support teachers and students.

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

Marketplace K-12

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. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

For many Americans, going without broadband internet would be like giving up water or electricity because it’s a means to their livelihood. Specifically, over nine million children don’t have broadband at home.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

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. While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”. Clearly, broadband is a huge problem,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO.

5 Ways to Get All Students Connected for Distance Learning

Graphite Blog

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. With nearly all schools in the U.S.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years, there has been a huge influx of education technology resources available to schools – from tablets and robotics, to online platforms and digital whiteboards. For example, it’s no good investing in iPads for the school if the broadband bandwidth and Wi-Fi connectivity aren’t up to scratch. Students can also work on tablets linked to the front-of-classroom display.

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Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

What is alarming for advocates and policy-makers, is that even for families that do have broadband internet access at home, the survey found that most are “ under-connected ,” or lacking devices or service that are sufficient and reliable enough for remote learning.

Developing a Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Classrooms

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It suggests that the vast majority of students have access to broadband capabilities. The goal of Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to equip every school in the country with high-speed broadband by 2018 at speeds greater than 100 Mbps. That leaves us with at least five more years of classrooms with insufficient broadband. Beyond internet capability, not every student has access to a laptop or tablet necessary for most ed-tech tools.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

These rural districts face the four significant challenges: broadband access, funding, people, and understanding the “why.” Broadband access has become more critical in the last year and a half than ever before.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. One example is Midcontinent Communications , which provides low-cost broadband and free wireless modems to qualifying families in Minnesota, as well as in North and South Dakota.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Personal hotspots, which allow students to connect a laptop or tablet with a cellular data connection, have been the most popular solution because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

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. Through an annual application process, school districts can request funding for the infrastructure and implementation of broadband and Wi-Fi.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

A recent order to modernize E-rate , the first update to the plan in nearly two decades, doesn’t increase the annual cap, but it does promise extra money for Wi-Fi and broadband access, two priorities of the Obama administration. Look closely at your next cell phone or Internet bill. Tucked under monthly plan charges, taxes, and payments received is an often overlook line item titled “Federal Universal Service Fee.”

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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. Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap? eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:15.

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

EdTech Magazine

With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

” To help increase digital literacy awareness in underserved communities, Broadband Rhode Island , a partner with RIFLI, created a curriculum in 2011 for adult education teachers to promote digital literacy among adult learners. Building off of a lending model used by two of the libraries that host its classes, RIFLI is planning a pilot program for January 2015 in which digital literacy students can borrow tablets and take them home.

In Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools Struggle With Distanced Learning

MindShift

Before COVID-19, Nevada was already trying to get every student outfitted with tablets and cellular hotspots. “Honestly, the challenge is bringing about some good, it really is,” says Jojo Myers Campos, Nevada’s broadband development manager.

The Pandemic Has Revealed What Really Matters in Education. (Spoiler: It’s Not Tests.)

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Millions of children don’t have reliable access to the internet on a computer or tablet that can be used for schoolwork. Millions lack broadband. A few weeks ago, I participated in a webinar with K-12 students, parents and teachers about how online learning is going.

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.

Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home

EdTech Magazine

For the past decade, bringing digital equity and broadband access to U.S. families with school-aged children — most of them low-income — lack broadband access at home, reports the Pew Research Center. If a school district is serious about implementing a one-to-one device program, officials have to take into account how many students will be able to use those Chromebooks or tablets once they get home. Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. The grant will fund a pilot program providing 1,500 tablet computers, preloaded with educational content, to families in Georgia who are enrolling in Cox Communications’ Connect2Compete discounted internet service program. ” Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999.

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Assess and understand current infrastructure and broadband capabilities. Higher Ed: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S : The award winning TabPro S provides ultra mobility and the freedom of a Galaxy tablet with the productivity of a full windows device. Awarded the Best of CES in 2016 , this 2 in 1 tablet has set a new standard in functionality and use in the tablet market. This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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. The tablets aren’t only for use at school — they go home with the students, and the data plans provide an Internet connection that the entire family can use.

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Nonprofits, Schools Can Receive Free AT&T Wireless Internet Service, Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots for At-Risk K-12 Students

eSchool News

In addition to free wireless internet access and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, some awardees may also receive a new or refurbished laptop, Chromebook, or tablet learning device (based on need and subject to availability).

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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billion for schools and libraries to buy computers, tablets and hotspots for their students during the pandemic.

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

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007. Home broadband is increasingly a must-have for education.

COVID-19 Is Pushing School Tech Departments to Their Limits — and Then Some

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Innovating on the Fly Among the earliest challenges CTOs faced was how to get thousands of laptops and tablets for students and staff?while Hotspots are just a bandaid, she said, and San Mateo County is looking for ways to provide broadband internet county-wide. “I

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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