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

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. 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.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. . K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. “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.

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? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends.

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

Bryan Alexander

Another example: phones are much more important than tablets for less affluent students, but CIOs see them as equally significant. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas. On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “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. Via The Star Online : “ Germany plans to invest an extra €5 billion over the next five years to equip more than 40,000 schools and colleges with faster internet, wireless access points and tablet computers, the Education Minister said.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” SoFi is the ed-tech company that has raised the most venture capital. And more on who’s buying student loan companies in the “business of ed-tech” section below. Changes too at another textbook company as Doug Levin, the CEO of McGraw Hill Education announced he’s stepping down. But Do Tablet Programs Work? The company has raised $8 million total.