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. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

20 Years Strong: How E-rate Has Impacted Educational Equity

Education Superhighway

What will it take to bridge the digital divide? And although there are many mechanisms in place to accomplish that goal, none has been nearly as instrumental as the FCC’s E-rate program. This month, we join fellow advocates to commemorate the 20th anniversary of E-rate with the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training. Since 1998, E-rate has made that belief an attainable, affordable goal for school districts.

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

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But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. John Harrington, Funds for Learning Among the groups commenting on the issue, both ISTE and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) raised the possibility that digital education providers can pay to deliver their content more quickly, and wondered aloud if the move would deepen the digital divide. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S.

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. As a result, 35 million more students have been connected to digital learning and educational opportunity. The impact of E-rate modernization is most evident in the acceleration of the pace of upgrades in K-12 broadband networks. Why has E-rate modernization worked so well?

5 things districts are doing to close the homework gap

eSchool News

Despite a brighter spotlight on digital equity, gaps still remain, including the troubling and persistent homework gap–but a newly-relaunched digital equity toolkit aims to highlight the important work districts across the nation are taking to address equity differences.

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. history to bridge the digital divide.”. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

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. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” “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.

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. We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”. There is still a digital divide in classrooms based on what technology is being used and how.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education.

New Report Highlights How Close Are We To Closing the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Since EducationSuperHighway began, creating digital learning opportunities for all children has motivated us to ensure that digital equity is a nationwide reality in our education system. According to 2017 data from the Federal Communications Commission: 2 million students and 2.6 million teachers have reached or exceeded the minimum recommended connectivity level for digital learning. Why Digital Equity Matters.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students. The partnership will help determine where each district is in terms of offering high-speed broadband to students, and the data will be used to improve district offerings and connectivity.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

The SHLB Action Plan expands and integrates several of today’s leading policy topics — including dig once, spectrum allocation and the FCC’s special access/business data service reform — to illustrate how these policies can help improve education and lower heath care costs. Sohn challenged community leaders to step up in closing the digital divide. The divide between rural and urban communities was also addressed.

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. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”. A bank of servers used by Albemarle County’s broadband network housed in a data center at Albemarle High School.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

Education Superhighway

Lack of high-speed Internet prevents teachers and students from taking full advantage of the transformational power of digital learning and leaves millions of kids on the wrong side of the digital divide. For lucky kids, the K-12 digital divide will soon be a memory, thanks to bold leadership from their governors to make high-speed broadband a priority and take steps to close the connectivity gap in their schools.

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

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 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. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

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).” Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Opportunities for authentic digital literacy instruction arise when students access social networking sites in educational settings. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

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

Doug Levin

“I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 19, 2017 The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Feb-March 2017) | Future of Privacy Forum → If you care about student data privacy, worth the read and worth signing up for the email newsletter. The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Privacy overlaps with “personalization,” and surveillance overlaps with data collection and analytics and algorithmic decision-making. Among the larger National Education Association (NEA), which comprises more than 3 million members, more than one in three who voted did so for the billionaire developer, early data show.” What will happen to all the data that schools and education technology companies have been collecting on students?