Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

For those who care about rural education, this is a big disappointment,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking , a nonprofit membership organization for school technology leaders. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband. Education Technology

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband

Education Superhighway

In order to make this and other digital learning opportunities a reality for students, the state needed to increase broadband connectivity in classrooms. The post Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology.

Arkansas launches $13M school broadband upgrade

eSchool News

States take critical look at broadband infrastructure and its capacity to support 21st-century learning. As school broadband access becomes critical for student success, states are beginning to evaluate their broadband infrastructure to determine if upgrades and modernization are necessary.

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN.

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

As you prepare your school district’s annual budget, here are three tips for technology planning that all school leaders should keep in mind: 1. Set intentional technology goals. INDIVIDUAL CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY USE. EVERYDAY 1:1 CAMPUS-WIDE TECHNOLOGY USE.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom. Next page: Better broadband affordability). Eighty-eight percent of U.S.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

eSchool News

All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. This new connectivity exceeds a national network infrastructure benchmark of 100 Mbps, which was set by the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

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.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. Tell us about your journey from working in telecom, economic development, and now the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology in Nevada.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. Working with state leaders is a key factor in pushing these school broadband partnerships to success, said EducationSuperHighway founder and CEO Evan Marwell.

Ohio districts move to gigabit broadband

eSchool News

Corporate program aims to leverage gigabit broadband speeds to boost personalized learning. Fifteen K-12 school districts in Ohio will receive ultra-fast gigabit broadband speeds in an effort to personalize instruction for students.

Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project

eSchool News

Novatel Wireless, Kajeet launch pilot project for educational broadband access. In the past two years, Spartanburg School District Seven has attempted to put technology in the hands of all its children by providing all students in grades 3 through 12 with either an Apple iPad or MacBook Air.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. Cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity are tied for the top priorities for IT leaders in 2018, while budget constraints were marked as one of the most pressing challenges for a fourth straight year. Data-driven instruction and decision-making broke into the top three this year, joining broadband and network security, which jumped one place to the top spot, and cybersecurity, which jumped two spots to become No.

Cost is still keeping districts from boosting broadband speeds

eSchool News

Cost remains the biggest hurdle for schools trying to increase broadband connectivity speeds for students, according to CoSN’s 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey. Next page: A positive trend in broadband costs. IT Management Networking & Broadband News

Personalized learning, broadband equity in rural areas fraught with hurdles

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® At the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2017 Leadership Summit, a number of E-rate coordinators and technology directors agreed that rural schools are falling behind their more urban and suburban counterparts in providing broadband access and personalized learning to K-12 students. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure high-speed broadband Internet access personalized learning

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. We’re thrilled to share that two of our partners were profiled for their forward-thinking use of technology.

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

Kajeet

Kajeet is excited to announce a new suite of products, Kajeet Connect, bringing our Education Broadband™ expertise onto school grounds. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

A free tool from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is intended to help district technology leaders compare broadband and connectivity information with other districts nearby and across the nation.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

The Internet of Things in K-12

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Data and TrendsFrom smart toys and clothing to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our lives, and its influence and reach are only going to keep expanding.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology.

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

Kajeet

The number one challenge facing K-12 IT leadership for planning and implementing technology enabled environments is budget constraints and a lack of resources, reports the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). Mobile Broadband SmartBus Ed Tech Inspiration

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

Edsurge

We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states,” said Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana. “We We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].” Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

Survey: Cyber Security, Broadband and Budget Key Concerns for School Tech Leaders

techlearning

The results show that school leaders place a high priority on cyber security and broadband / network capacity. Also, continuing the trend of previous years, budget constraints remain a top challenge for school technology leaders.

The Connected Bus: 8 Technologies for the Next Generation School Bus

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBusWhen you picture a school bus the first thing that probably comes to mind most likely is a big yellow bus driving around with noisy students in the back. Remember the kids who sat in the back of the bus?

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful.

How to Turn Your School Bus Fleet into Next Generation Connected Buses

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Bus WiFi SmartBusToday’s school buses are more than just vehicles to transport students. They are mobile classrooms where students can continue to learn, get a jump start on homework, or study for tests.

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Experts: Design broadband networks with tools that are ‘expandable, flexible’

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® State Educational Technology Directors Association encourages district leaders and IT directors to consider a flexible approach in designing broadband networks in order to meet growing learning demands. Such design is a key topic of SETDA’s recently updated The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning report.

Broadband is a human right

Learning with 'e's

Clearly very passionate about his cause, Brechner argued that not only should is access to broadband absolutely essential for education, in today's connected world, it should also be considered a human right. Leeds Sugata Mitra #altc2011 broadband ALT-C Miguel Brechner

E-Rate coordinators risk losing funds for broadband projects

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® During the recent State Educational Technology Directors Association leadership summit, state E-Rate coordinators brought concerns about E-Rate funding directly to officials at the Federal Communications Commission. The provision allows a state to provide eligible schools and libraries with funding for special construction charges to deploy broadband networks.

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

In our work over the past three years to understand and analyze school broadband connectivity and costs, we have discovered high variance in the prices that school districts in different areas of the country—and even within the same state and county—pay for Internet access.

Report: State leaders use various methods to expand broadband

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily ® A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association finds that state education technology leaders are using a variety of models and paths to provide high-speed broadband access for all LEAs and schools. State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access was commissioned by SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action.

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. More… Uncategorized digital learning high-speed broadband K-12 WAN recommendations wireless infrastructure

Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

In 2013, our SchoolSpeedTest analysis of K-12 broadband purchasing revealed only 30 percent of school districts nationwide met the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum Internet access goal of 100 kbps per student, leaving 40 million students without the broadband needed for digital learning.

Governor Mary Fallin announces initiative to bring high-speed broadband to all Oklahoma schools

Education Superhighway

Today we joined Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as she announced the Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative , a coordinated effort to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to schools across the state. The initiative is a voluntary program that works with schools to use existing funding efficiently and effectively to maximize opportunities to provide high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi access to students across Oklahoma.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. The fast-paced learning environment must not be slowed by insufficient broadband.”

Experts expect to see broadband in President Trump’s infrastructure plan

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan focuses on rebuilding America’s roads and bridges but has yet to address telecommunications, a matter of great importance among educational technology advocates. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure education technology Technology infrastructure telecommunications Trump