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

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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.

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

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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.

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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.

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 Mobility

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. Bangor’s plans could outline best practices for wireless initiatives in other cities.

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

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. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”.

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

eSchool News

Blended Learning internet IT Newsletter Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband blended learning flipped classroom IT leadership laptop one-to-one school ITFollow these guidelines to create a technology infrastructure that support teachers and students.

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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. Students can also work on tablets linked to the front-of-classroom display.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. ” Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices


kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. But time with tablets and smartphones is triple what it was in 2013. While only about 10 percent of parents reported their kids used a virtual reality headset, personal assistant device like Amazon Echo or internet-connected smart-toy, that’s about the same percentage of parents that reported owning a tablet computer in 2011.

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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.

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

The Hechinger Report

However, it remains clear that more work and investment are needed over the long run to address the digital equity challenge of today and provide robust broadband connectivity for all students in and outside of school.”. Credit: Getty Images.

Blockchain Misconceptions and the Future of Education

Doug Levin

Users must commit to installing and keeping up to date complex peer-to-peer file sharing software on a relatively modern, low-latency broadband internet-connected computer (most likely a desktop, not a laptop, tablet or smart phone).

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


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.

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Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

Playware Studios

monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. Theoretically, Stadia hosted games could be streamed to tablets, mobiles and headsets directly. Google recently announced , It’s next-generation gaming platform. It’s been in secret development for several years and promises to change the landscape of both videogames content and hardware. Don’t get me wrong, cloud hosted games streaming has been tried before.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Do they have tablets or cell phones with data plans? It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access. I’ve lived in California all my life, from Southern California to the Central Coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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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New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

The Hechinger Report

And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online. Rory Kennedy examines the gaps computer and internet access between wealthy and impoverished schools in her latest documentary, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”.

The Power of Delayed Gratification


The best example is the advertisement of MTS Internet Broadband where the moment a baby is born, he is internet-ready and far ahead of the grown ups around.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

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. So Apple may wind up owning teen allegiance to wearable digital accessories, even as it loses hands-on loyalty in traditional laptops and tablets.

N.Y. State Awards $45 Million for Classroom Technology, Connectivity, Security

Marketplace K-12

Among the technology that will be purchased: computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity. New York schools will receive $26 million for classroom technology out of a total distribution of $45 million in state funds, the governor announced this week.