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. “E-rate is a huge part of our budgeting. News E-rate

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We

The History of the Future of E-rate

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Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. As an op-ed in The Washington Post put it , “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.”

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.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

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As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise.

FCC votes to reverse net neutrality rules, despite concern for schools

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More… Uncategorized digital divide E-Rate FCC net neutrality policyBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reversing net neutrality rules, which some experts say could limit access to certain content on the Internet.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

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What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? What can educators do on an individual level to support students who are on the other side of the digital divide?

5 things districts are doing to close the homework gap

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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

history to bridge the digital divide.”. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rateTelecommunications giant Sprint unveiled plans this week to bring devices and wireless connectivity to 1 million impoverished high school students, in what it describes as an ambitious campaign to close the “homework gap.”.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom.

Digital Citizenship: From Compliance to Moral Imperative

Leadership Lounge

The June 1 deadline is rapidly approaching for school districts to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) so they can receive E-rate funding. School districts that receive E-rate funding must meet two important stipulations: Filtered Internet.

Senate Confirms FCC Appointees

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There has been a sense of concern and urgency over what will happen with newly modernized E-Rate and Lifeline programs. She is also a staunch supporter of both E-Rate and Lifeline programs, and she has spent a great deal of time working to modernize these programs.

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

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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.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

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Here are five key trends that CTOs will be watching and reacting to in 2016: The modernized E-rate program. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet.

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

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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. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

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. Why Digital Equity Matters.

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.

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. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

How to Address Digital Equity

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The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. Below is an executive summary of the most recent update to its Digital Equity Initiative Toolkit.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

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Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. The Homework Gap is the cruelest part of the new digital divide.

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98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019.

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.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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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.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

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billion increase in E-rate funding over the last 18 months. This issue constitutes a new civil right; the right to digital equity; the right to connect to needed resources — anywhere, anytime. 3 out of 4 districts have little plan for providing off-campus internet.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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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. Read more about the Digital Divide.

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

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The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge. Tagged on: March 17, 2017 E-learning day a breeze for tech-savvy students | Dubois County Herald → But for as helpful as the eLearning days can be, Hubster said they probably won’t grow too much in number in the near future. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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

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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.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

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Sohn challenged community leaders to step up in closing the digital divide. “One-third of American homes still do not subscribe to home broadband service, making daily life challenging,” said Angela Siefer, Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). The divide between rural and urban communities was also addressed.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Before I turn to the President-Elect’s campaign promises and potential education and computer technology policies, I want to note that this Presidential election was influenced by digital technologies in ways that make the “ digital masterminds ” who supposedly helped Obama win re-election pale by comparison: Hacks – perhaps by Russia – of the Democratic National Committee. million in E-Rate rebates.).