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

EdTech Magazine

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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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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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? In rural districts, children and youth face profound obstacles—geographic isolation and long bus rides to school, frustratingly slow internet connections, limited course options, and low college-going rates. Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes?

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

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. “Wherever a student could be learning, that’s where we have access points,” said Superintendent Jeff Dillon.

Why #Internet4Schools Matters

Tom Murray

Personalized learning. All of these, when combined with high-quality instructional practice, can systemically change a classroom learning environment. Although the topic of E-Rate has come to the forefront in recent months, in the not-too-distant future the program will turn 20 years old. One-to-one implementation. Bring your own device initiatives.

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Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said. Future of Learning.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. To better understand how using technology can create equity in schools, we’ll outline how technology creates more equitable situations in the classroom. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals. Perhaps the single most significant development in ensuring access was the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) modernization of the E-rate program.

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How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

Education Superhighway

In the past few years, concerted efforts like E-rate modernization and various statewide initiatives have helped bring digital learning opportunities to students across the nation. Let’s look at three examples of how digital learning is changing the face of today’s classroom learning. Digital learning has transformed the classroom experience for teachers and students at Dysart Unified School District through their personalized learning initiative.

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

EdTech Magazine

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. . Analysts expect machine learning to play an important role in 2019, offering support for tasks that may require more time, energy and training than teachers and administrators have at their disposal. What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. In Arizona, the House Education Committee introduced HB2421 , a bill allowing for schools to create distance learning courses.

Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

What’s up with E-Rate: This happened in Washington, but was worriedly discussed in Austin, as well. Schools and libraries across the country have been on edge ever since the new Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission shelved a staff report that outlined the success of the expansion of E-rate, a multibillion-dollar program that pays for school internet connections to help teachers use modern tools in the classroom.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. classrooms over the next five years.

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

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. Offering online learning?

3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative

EdTech Magazine

After deliberation, they determined their goal was to shift to smaller, more personalized learning. . Other organizations, such as the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association , are collaborating to provide districts with guides to determine what strategies work best for them. 3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:27.

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

Doug Levin

” 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.

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. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). It offers a more experiential learning experience.

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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. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). It offers a more experiential learning experience.

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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. million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We We knew most districts and schools would respond, but a 100-percent response rate shows that technology is a high priority for education leaders throughout the state,” he said. In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. Benjamin Herold: So the school's name was GOAL Academy, and it's an online academic learning academy.

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. with an emphasis on the what of deeper learning."

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” ISTE has hired Joseph South as its Chief Learning Officer. Via the Coursera blog : “What’s Next in Employee Learning: Virtual Reality.” Larry Cuban on personalized learning : part 1 and part 2.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. That Edsurge article suggests that MOOCs have forced schools to rethink the lecture, focusing on short bursts of content delivery and “ active learning ” instead.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via Ozy.com : “How High Schools Are Demolishing the Classroom.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” “What countries can learn from PISA tests” – at least, according to The Economist. Heather Hiles , formerly the CEO of portfolio company Pathbrite (which was sold to Cengage Learning in 2015) will be the new “ deputy director of postsecondary success ” at the Gates Foundation. That is, you can get emails about what’s going on in Google Classroom.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates. Perhaps, instead of tying “ personalized learning ” to special ed policies of the 1970s, you could read some Rousseau?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. My kids gonna learn today ?? ” Via the Google blog : “Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time.” “A Response to Larry Berger’s ‘Confession’ on Personalized Learning ” by New Classrooms’ Joel Rose.

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