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

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. As the roles of connectivity and technology within our schools continue to evolve, modernizing the E-rate program is a huge priority for us.

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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.

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. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy

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After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S. Early in his tenure, Pai revoked an Obama-era progress report praising E-Rate modernization.

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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?

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. Policy

?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.

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.

?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. Education Technology School Infrastructure PolicyIf you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

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

Edsurge

As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises? Education Technology Government Policy

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

Given that many children were acquiring iPads for personal use, some schools adopted a Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD) Policy. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010.

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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.

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. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. If you are an Uber fan, time to get to know how the company really operates and question whether they deserve your business.

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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. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. If you are an Uber fan, time to get to know how the company really operates and question whether they deserve your business.

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10 Questions That Must Be Answered When Going 1:1

The Mobile Native

School districts can look into E-Rate funding, local and national grants, local company contributions and help from their PTO. Is an Acceptable Use Policy set in place? An acceptable use policy, also called a responsible use policy, must be set in place before the roll out of the program. Acceptable Use Policy Resources via @cybraryman1 7. What types of mobile learning initiatives have other school districts started?

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. Many times, the funding is not enough, and schools supplement from outside sources, including the E-Rate program.

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

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. This reversal in policy is a bad decision for all of us." " Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Drop it like it's bot: Brands have cooled on chatbots | Digiday → Many companies have begun dropping their bots, saying that they don't do what they were supposed to: “I would call it overpromising."

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“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

Executive Briefs

techlearning

The now-defunct federal net neutrality policy, which ended June 11, barred ISPs from prioritizing web traffic or content.

What’s Next? Tips for Planning Upgrade Implementation

Education Superhighway

Although this year’s E-rate cycle has come to a close, it is never too early to start planning for upgrade implementation and your future network management. Even if the construction company has their own project manager, a school district counterpart project manager should ensure that the construction company has everything that they need and is adhering to all committed timelines.

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? Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. It is a massive innovative market with supportive government policies and strong market demand.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

It treats “ed-tech” as the result of markets and industry and “innovation,” and not as the result of policy or history. The reporting often isolates education technology from other developments in the computer technology sector and tends to isolate education technology from education politics and policies more broadly (unless, of course, those policies dovetail with the political interests of ed-tech and ed-reform, which they often do).

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

In a nutshell, CIPA requires that schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding “block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).” Update Selection Policies: Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to add Internet resources to your school library’s selection/reconsideration policy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “Why the FCC ’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl.” ” More details: “The 66-year-old Caraway, who has also served as the city’s interim mayor, admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two key figures in the scandal that last year brought down the school bus agency Dallas County Schools ; Bob Leonard, who owned the stop-arm camera company that took millions from DCS; and Slater Swartwood Sr.,

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” " Via The New York Times : “ Met Changes 50-Year Admissions Policy: Non-New Yorkers Must Pay.” “A TurboTax for student loan applications” according to Techcrunch, the company has raised $15.5 (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Chalkbeat on vouchers in Indiana : “Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

No doubt, Udacity, Coursera, and edX have been moving away from “free” and “open” online education for a while now , charging fees for courses and certificates and acting much more like online program management companies – third party vendors for Internet-based courses and degree programs. For its part, Udacity has fully rebranded itself as a high-tech job training company, a topic I’ll cover in more detail in a forthcoming article in this series.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Washington Post : “ Student loan companies reach $21.6 The literacy software company has raised $14.8 The company, which according to its Crunchbase profile is a “Q&A learning platform powered by a proprietary A.I. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A survey by e-textbook provider VitalSource has found that 50 percent of students who delayed buying textbooks because of high prices saw their grades suffer as a result.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. ” “Policy-based Privacy is Over,” says Eric Hellman. Some (education policy) history from Sherman Dorn : “The pendulum and the ratchet.” “Call for Diversity in Ed Tech Design” by Jade E.

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. Via The New York Times : “Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. ” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. An in-depth look at for profit companies selling their education products and services in Africa.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Nominee Betsy DeVos ’ Policy Circle?” Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” the largest for-profit operator of online schools in the country, are calling on the company to disclose how much it spends on lobbying and advertising ,” Education Week reports. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Most Colleges Will Change Overtime Policies Despite Judge’s Blocking of New Rule.”