Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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. edWeb Blog E-rate E-rate Funding education funding

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program. Ancillary E-Rate News

E-rate: A Historical Perspective

Leadership Lounge

Though this year's E-rate Form 470 deadline has passed, the E-rate process and buying season for U.S. Now that we're in the second year of the revised E-rate program, let's take a look back at where we came from and why E-rate needed a major overhaul.

7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

Edsurge

For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech?

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

The offer, announced by Sprint and its foundation, also includes 3 gigabytes per month of high-speed LTE data, and then unlimited data at 2 GB speed after that. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap. The company and its foundation also say they will raise money through special events, and donation of devices, and other activities.

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

Education Superhighway

Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. Why is it that data is collected? Where exactly does the data come from? Data Collection.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

However, transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate. “Transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate.” Here’s our approach to achieving the data transparency we strive for: Data Collection. DATA FUELS ALL THAT WE DO .

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. However, transparent data is most powerful when it’s accurate. ENSURING NATIONWIDE DATA ACCURACY. Our approach to achieving data accuracy: Data Col lection. DATA FUELS ALL THAT WE DO .

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

The Hechinger Report

In a nutshell: Right now schools use a variety of digital programs that collect data that could be of use to teachers, but programs made by different companies don’t play well together – and some programs won’t even allow teachers to export data out of the system to use it themselves.

How EducationSuperHighway and Service Providers Collaborate

Education Superhighway

Participates in the E-rate competitive bidding process. While we do provide guidance about E-rate filing strategies through our website, webinars, and other avenues, we do not directly apply to provide services to districts.

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

EdTech Magazine

Augmented data analysis, blended digital tools and connected networks will reign among technology innovations in the coming year, according to IT analyst group Gartner’s top 10 tech trends of 2019. . Artificial Intelligence Will Augment Data-Driven Initiatives.

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?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

Some companies that produce monitoring software report sending tens of thousands of alerts about cyberbullying, violence, sexual content and other concerns. K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:55.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates. billion E-rate program that provides broadband discounts to schools and libraries—along with the U.S.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

“If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says. In December, the district won a $15,000 grant from Cellcom, a local cellphone company. Learning On-the-Go : Part of the federal E-rate program , Learning On-the-Go is a pilot program that helps schools fund wireless Internet connectivity for mobile learning devices such as tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

According to our data, however, nearly 12% of U.S. Check out our Fiber Toolkit for free tools and resources including the “Build Vs. Buy” comparison tool and RFP templates aligned with the new E-rate modernization rules.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. Before e-rates, schools in the region are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for state-mandated broadband internet access,” the Alaska Democrat wrote. If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

We closed that gap by contracting with a team of E-rate experts from E-rate Central and a network design engineer from Mighty River. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap.

Learning.com Launches Cyberbullying Prevention Campaign for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

techlearning

With national data reports showing cyberbullying on the rise, especially in public schools, the digital literacy leader has created a cyberbullying prevention toolkit for educators to download and help students and parents do their part in promoting online safety and good digital citizen skills.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Even without social security numbers, student and staff data have monetary value for spammers and marketers. Rather than go to the trouble of reselling data, some hackers find it more lucrative to hold a district’s data to ransom. Hackers simply lock users out of their own data until a ransom is paid. Concerns about ownership of data: “I don’t want to risk the vendor going out of business or changing its hosting agreement that holds our data to ransom.”.

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

Doug Levin

In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. collects and sells user data while helping you clean up your inbox. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.

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

Edsurge

But it's great to be able to do that because I've been covering online charters in various capacities going back almost six years and, from the beginning, kind of had the sense of, “We know that there's data out there that would show how often students are actually engaging in the schools and taking part in the learning.” And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate.

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

Doug Levin

In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. collects and sells user data while helping you clean up your inbox. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.

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Penn State Holds Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Leadership Lounge

Education the next battle ground for tech companies. Using social-emotional learning data in the CORE districts: lessons learned. Penn State holds symposium for teaching and learning with technology.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Publicly available data has allowed thousands of school leaders to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts, ultimately helping them to negotiate with their vendor so that they can meet their technology goals.

Executive Briefs

techlearning

Highlights from Tech&Learning’s Leadership Letter THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING STUDENT DATA Every school district employee shares responsibility for protecting student data, but a leadership champion is needed to build and sustain a data privacy program.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Gabe Soumakian: With E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and more taking place at once, what are you looking at in terms of changes to the way you’re funding technology these days? Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

Many times, the funding is not enough, and schools supplement from outside sources, including the E-Rate program. There are no cap limits, no throttle rates, and no chastising schools when they need extra bandwidth.

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

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

When administrators in Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools were buying MacBooks during the 2015-16 school year, the local Best Buy was offering a lower price than Apple, even after the company’s standard discount for school districts. The company eventually agreed. “No