E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

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By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

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Streamlining the E-Rate 2.0 Application Process

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By EdTech Staff Recent changes to E-Rate help to speed your school’s review process. Classroom Digital Content Funding Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

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E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. It didn’t cover every classroom, and it used the 802.11n specification. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We E-rate , which helps schools and libraries obtain affordable high-speed internet access , last underwent big change in 2014.

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

EdTech Magazine

ERate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Recent updates to E-rate, which put more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools , have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. . When E-rate 2.0 MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out everything you need to know about E-rate. E-Rate Opens Local Resources for Other K–12 Projects.

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How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

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By EdTech Staff E-Rate changes help ensure schools can spend funds effectively. Classroom Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

E-Rate Funding Applications Total $3.9B for 2015

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Classroom Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Online Learning WirelessFrank Smith 'These requests reflect long pent-up demand' says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

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CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

Bringing Edtech in Rural Education

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Integrating new technology into a classroom can be intimidating. Many teachers worry that they will need to spend hours learning how to use new edtech before being able to successfully implement it in the classroom. So, why is edtech so slow to catch on in rural education?

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? “There will be more momentum for mobile devices in classrooms with an eye toward affordable alternatives to traditional 1:1 rollouts.” The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game.

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An Infrastructure Revamp at Cicero 99 Changed the Culture of Learning

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By Meghan Bogardus Cortez An E-rate-funded network overhaul allowed the Illinois district to transform the classroom for students and teachers. Access Points Classroom Hardware Networking Notebooks Switches Wi-Fi

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

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All in this Edtech Reports Recap. Well, that was at the Federal Communications Commission’s 2014-15 short-term target of 100 Kbps per student for using tech in the classroom. But when kids and their devices return to classrooms, school bandwidth will again be in the spotlight.

Edtech in Rural Education

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Integrating new technology into a classroom can be intimidating. Many teachers worry that they will need to spend hours learning how to use new technology before being able to successfully implement it in the classroom. Furthermore, Hanson noted that high quality edtech helps students, teachers, and administrators by making it easier to use student data to differentiate learning. So, why is edtech so slow to catch on in rural education?

Closing the Connectivity Gap with Expanded, Optimized Networks

EdTech Magazine

School IT leaders have scrambled to make bandwidth available to support online classrooms and address issues of equity. In the era of remote learning, school districts are challenged with delivering widespread connectivity, especially in rural and underserved communities.

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3 Steps Budget-Conscious Schools Can Take to Upgrade Infrastructure

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Here are three steps district leaders interested in upgrading infrastructure can take to get on the path toward tech innovation: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Seek Out E-Rate Funding. One way that school districts can easily stay on budget when updating networking infrastructure is with help from the E-rate program. Districts need to reevaluate each year because classroom technology is always evolving.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. The post The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA appeared first on EdTech Strategies. The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms. EdTech News News news OER

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Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

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Local IT service companies tend to be business focused, just like school IT shops of old, and are not well versed in the unique edtech challenges facing classrooms today. Successful implementation of technology integration requires new ways of thinking and looking at what is really needed to provide tech services to the classroom. How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate? We are now working on an e-rate application to double it again.

Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development

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That’s what we’re trying to focus on here in Alabama: meeting and supporting classroom needs. For nearly two decades, our organization has served 137 school districts in our stat e. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how schools can ensure investments will succeed over the long term. Recent webinars explored the Google Admin console, how to prepare a technology plan for the Alabama State Department of Education, E-rate support, SQL Server database scripts and anti-virus support.

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8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space

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In CDW’s modern learning environment engagements with numerous school districts across the country, the following best practices have emerged: SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Eliminate the Front of the Classroom. One quick way to tell whether modern learning environment improvements will truly transform teaching and learning is to look at the classroom layout. Repurpose Existing Items for the Classroom. by EdTech Staff.

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Next-Gen Voice and Presence Technology Keep K–12 Districts Safer

EdTech Magazine

Because the district’s phone system used Primary Rate Interface voice lines, it would no longer qualify for federal assistance by the end of 2019 due to changes in the FCC’s E-rate program. The company offered discounted rates on low-use lines, like those found inside classrooms, and provided more than 1,000 new handsets at no charge, Zamudio says. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how schools are adopting remote learning best practices to teach during snowdays.

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K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors

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Each student receives either a Lenovo touch-screen laptop or a Microsoft Surface for use in the classroom and for homework. MORE FROM EDTECH: Find out how K-12 schools can balance privacy and security protocols. CIPA mandates that schools participating in the federal E-rate program have internet safety policies that include filtering and monitoring technologies. K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors. Andrew.Steger_zKQu.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

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As K–12 schools continue their E-rate processes for 2019, districts should be considering what tools are worth investing in to provide their students with the best outcomes in the coming year. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out what administrators should consider when integrating new education technology! Digital transformation in schools is already happening at a rapid rate, and there seems to be no sign of slowing down.

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How a Wi-Fi network upgrade can pave the way for digital learning

Education Superhighway

Kim and the district leadership team began strategically using E-rate Category 2 funds for the Wi-Fi network upgrade. Digital learning in every classroom, every day. Teachers gain on-demand professional development through the EdTech team. Time for a Wi-Fi network upgrade.

Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Read more about how web filters keep students safe! The district also uses GoGuardian Teacher for classroom management. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how schools are getting parents involved towards a successful 1:1 device program! Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:56.

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TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

The foundation to Aldine Independent School District ’s recent massive technology and classroom upgrades was cemented by first supporting teachers and administrators. Five years ago, we had minimal technology in our classrooms,” Nguyen Bui, the district’s executive director of technology innovation and initiatives, said during a Feb. The bandwidth in each classroom was 1 gigabyte. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

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Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. Teachers can use these insights to create engaging lesson plans and foster a collaborative learning environment, while best-integrating technology into their classroom. To learn more about web filtering, sign up for our newsletter: Marketing EdTech Update managing screen time online student safety web filtering web filtering for schools

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

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After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. They turned to E-rate, the $3.9 Public schools can apply for annual funding through E-rate, which involves itemizing the services they currently pay for, what providers they are buying from and how much they are spending for their broadband. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Schools leader asks for $10 million budget increase | Cambridge Chronicle & Tab → The proposed budget calls for $200,000 to fund a pilot of the department's "one-to-one" technology initiative, which would provide Chromebook laptops to all ninth- and 10th-grade classrooms, and the equivalent of one full-time staff member. Blog EdTech News News news

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3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative

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SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! When introducing technology to improve classroom results, it’s important to understand the needs and limitations of the teachers who will handle those solutions day to day. . While 91 percent of teachers are excited at the prospect of bringing more digital tools into the classroom, only 16 percent believe their schools are executing proper integration plans, according to a 2016 national survey. .

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

That means we shouldn’t just use edtech to replace worksheets, run “drill and kill” exercises, or crunch assessment performance numbers. To better understand how using technology can create equity in schools, we’ll outline how technology creates more equitable situations in the classroom. In rural Alabama, Piedmont City School District helped provide students with internet access by installing a town wireless network in 2011 using a federal E-rate grant.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

IT leaders say they use funds from the E-rate program and delay replacement or defer maintenance/upgrade contracts as a strategy to overcome budget issues. Integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function. Catch all of our coverage of CoSN 2018 by bookmarking EdTech ’s conference landing page. Jena Passut is the managing editor of EdTech: Focus on K–12. CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns.

Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies

EdTech Magazine

Each classroom in the district is also equipped with either SMART or Promethean interactive whiteboards, says CIO Bobby Blount. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Visual Classroom Tools Are for Schools of All Sizes. That money, combined with federal E-rate funds , enabled St. In many of our elementary classrooms, we’re shifting to flat-panel screens,” he says.

June / July 2018

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FEATURES CHANGE AGENTS: TECH & LEARNING’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN EDTECH IN 2018 By Tara Smith Each of these leaders is working in thoughtful and creative ways on the frontlines of some of today’s most pressing issues— from the way we think about learning, AI, and innovation to gun control, refugees, and student privacy. FROM BREADCRUMBS TO BREADBOARDS By Jerri Kemble Today’s forward-thinking educator is asking herself how to infuse coding, STEM, and STEAM into the classroom.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

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Today’s classroom is a melding of traditional and digital tools to instruct today’s students. . SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Technology is in constant flux and data centers must evolve at the same rate. According to COSN’s 2018 K–12 IT Leadership Survey Report , the use of devices and digital material in the classroom will only continue to grow. . How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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10 Questions That Must Be Answered When Going 1:1

The Mobile Native

Following hashtags such as #mlearning, #slide2learn, #iOSedApp, #edtech and #edchat can be beneficial. School districts can look into E-Rate funding, local and national grants, local company contributions and help from their PTO. Students, teachers and parents need to have an understanding of what is expected in and outside of the classroom when using devices. Resources for Apps in the classroom.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Tagged on: March 8, 2017 Nevada bill puts cameras in all special education classrooms | Reno-Gazette Journal → A bill proposed by state Sen.

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

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According to the fact sheet that the White House recently released, here’s what we know: Adobe has delivered creativity and e-learning software to over 950,000 students and teachers at more than 1,450 schools and launched more than 20 district-wide Adobe & ConnectED programs. 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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