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. New forms, new data, the potential for infrastructure discounts, and (even more) new funding are all colliding to create one of the most challenging application periods in memory. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice. That’s a lot to pick up.

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

Edsurge

But the process involved in finding funds for these upgrades can feel like a laggy dial-up modem, slow to a crawl—when it’s not cutting out completely. 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. Last year, USAC expected to have all applications processed by September.

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How to ensure home broadband access for every student

eSchool News

When the coronavirus pandemic forced students into remote learning this past spring, many telecommunications companies stepped up to offer free or deeply discounted home broadband access to families who couldn’t afford it.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. The typical one-to-one computing initiative comes with a lengthy to-do list that includes (but isn’t limited to) mapping out vision statements, coming up with the funds to pay for the devices, selecting them, buying them, insuring them, training students and teachers how to use them effectively, and making sure wi-fi systems can handle the new burden.

?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. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. 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.

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

Digital Promise

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? Folks are trying to purely survive right now,” said Styles.

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

EdTech Magazine

When students email each other about the adolescent hot topics of who likes who or to gripe about teachers, more people than they realize may see the messages. . Technology allows school and district leaders to keep a closer pulse on it all and intervene if necessary. Now we know it’s happening,” he says, “but how much more is out there that we’re not catching?”. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn what K–12 schools can do to balance student privacy and security.

Simplifying School Safety and Regulatory Compliance

EdNews Daily

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about the men and women who are creating today’s EdTech companies. PublicSchoolWORKS CEO Steve Temming developed his company from his own experience as a school administrator at Cincinnati Public Schools using his understanding of the challenges and limitations of running the business side of a school district. PublicSchoolWORKS became possible in the late ’90s when the government launched the E-Rate Program.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

MindShift

Schools across the country are nervously watching to see if the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal Obama-era regulations that protect an open internet, often referred to as “net neutrality.” ” The 2015 rules are meant to prevent internet providers, such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, from controlling what people can watch and see on the internet. “We’re trying to teach them those real-world skills,” she says.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

With big changes to federal funding models, pressing bandwidth needs (on campus and at home), and the everlasting conversation between IT and instruction departments, there’s a lot on their plates. Fortunately, districts appear to be meeting these challenges head-on, as evidenced by a recent panel discussion for administrators and tech directors in Dallas, hosted by the IT products vendor PCMG , called “Preparing the Next Generation of Personalized Learners in the Digital Age.”

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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.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

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.

New Insights on Teachers’ Ed-Tech Ambitions, Abilities Revealed in Survey

Marketplace K-12

Many companies trying to find a market in K-12 schools face a question that fills them with anxiety, if not outright dread: How much technology can teachers handle? That question can prove critical to whether an ed-tech provider will succeed or fail. If technology is seamless and easy for educators to manage, it can clear the path for a digital provider. If it overwhelms them, the odds for companies’ get much longer, right out of the gate.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Click here to link to the full recording, or watch and listen to the embed below: We began by looking at the implications of the Campus Computing Project , which began wayyyy back in the pre-Web year of 1990. Mitch Weisburgh entered the discussion around this point, to ask a powerful question: “Corporations use tech to bring efficiencies, reducing cost or increasing output. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas.

Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

School may just be getting back into session, but EducationSuperHighway has been working this summer to help school districts upgrade their networks so that their students can take advantage of digital learning when they return to the classroom. Located on a large island in the middle of the Columbia River, Sauvie Island Academy faced several roadblocks to obtaining sufficient broadband speeds.

The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

The Innovative Educator

It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. Today, with Chromebooks, it is less expensive to give each child a device than it is to provide all the resources that device provides (i.e. Furthermore with companies like Neverware which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were. Outside of school YouTube is the go to resource for learning anything.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

I was their first full time “IT Guy” And when I say full time, I’m stretching a bit, as I was actually farmed out to one of the feeder elementary schools for 2 days a week. Prior to my arrival, they had been contracting with a local tech services company for their onsite break/fix tech needs. The high school district was fortunate enough to recognize that to make forward progress with technology, they had to make a change.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. All our students should be provided with the same tools to be successful in today’s world,” he said. “We

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

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This He anticipates needing to purchase around 2,000 to meet that goal.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Via PBS Newshour : “Senate votes to end Obama school accountability rules.” ” Via The LA Times : “ Trump wants to create a national private school choice program. Here’s how it could work.” to 2020, to Reach $1.83