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New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

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With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. However, through the E-rate Modernization order , not only is the cost of upfront construction eligible for reimbursement, but the FCC program also provides additional funding to match state funding for special construction charges.

“Our Kids Are Worth It”: How A Florida District Amplified its Digital Learning Opportunities

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Russell Cheatham and Mr. Tom Fitzgerald, respectively the CIO and IT Director of Brevard County Public Schools, have both seen first-hand how dramatically classroom technology needs have evolved over the years. Both have had long careers at Brevard and have worked closely to implement technology into the schools’ digital learning programs. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. In their view, Brevard has “been successful because of past lessons learned.”

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Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

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Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. Creating Guidelines Around Classroom Technology Use.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

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One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. While there are many types of personalized learning, one factor needed for all models is the ability for students to connect to a high-speed Internet connection from virtually anywhere while at school. These districts are at risk of losing more than $300 million in funding if they don’t use at least a portion of their E-rate funds in 2018-19.

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

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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. Bearden, “There is no silver bullet for addressing digital equity in school communities.” 1 at the elementary level.

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

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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. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

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With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The Equity Gap and Digital Divide Creates a Disconnect for School Districts.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

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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. In this interview, Ken provides insight into how digital learning impacts schools and ways to prepare our students for future success.

7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

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How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, instructional technology manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum.

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

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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. At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

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How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, Instructional Technology Manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. As high-speed broadband internet becomes critical for student success in and beyond the classroom, a number of state education leaders are forging partnerships to strengthen school broadband throughout their districts. I have always believed that every child can learn – no matter their circumstances or background.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

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The proposed bond projects include $500,000 in improvements to elementary STEM facilities and $17 million for improvements to school technology. Forsyth News Guilderland (NY) Central School District will receive $531,447 from the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act, of which the lion’s share—$498,723—will go for classroom technology, including buying new Chromebooks for each middle- and high-school student. What are the one-, two-, and five-year goals for terms of digital learning? ?

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

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” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.