E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

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SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC’s Emergency E-rate Filing Window

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SETDA and CoSN commend the Wireline Bureau for opening an emergency E-rate filing window to help schools address their higher than expected on campus bandwidth demands. The Bureau’s decision will help schools support their students during a very challenging period and we appreciate the agency’s swift recognition of this on campus digital learning need. […]. E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Policy Statement

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Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

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The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students. And now, school districts across the nation are able to improve digital learning opportunities and expand wi-fi for teachers and students. “We were able to do a lot of this because of E-rate funding,” Dickerson said.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

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One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

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Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

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With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. The digital concept is so important for our schools today. That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

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Education leaders expect school internet needs to increase over the next several years, highlighting the need for increased bandwidth and resources to support growing digital learning demands on school networks. The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

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At the same time, innovative education leaders and classroom teachers are engaging, motivating, and nurturing students to develop mindsets for college and career readiness and lifelong learning, and they are supporting social and emotional development. Education researchers and neuroscientists are learning more about how people learn. Entrepreneurs are building on this knowledge to build breakthrough innovations that improve learning. Extend the Learning Day.

E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

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One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. That amounts to $150 in E-rate Category 2 funding per student, to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections. The post E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

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She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom.

How to Improve Your School's Wireless Network with Category Two E-Rate

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When it comes to K-12 Wi-Fi networks in this country, over half lack the proper infrastructure needed to support the necessary technology for today's digital learning environment. Wireless Network Design K-12 Education

FCC Extends Key E-rate Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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On April 1, 2020, the FCC announced extensions of several key E-rate deadlines to provide relief to program participants affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These extensions have been put in place to alleviate administrative burdens while most public schools have closed and are transitioning to remote learning. As a reminder, EducationSuperHighway’s tools and resources are available to support your E-rate application, including: • Form 470 Best Practices. •

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

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As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. However, with digital learning opening new opportunities for students and teachers, schools and libraries must continue to utilize the program to prepare their networks for the future — and we want to help. Still, more than $1 billion in E-rate funding is left on the table each year.

E-rate Application Window Extended Due to COVID-19: April 29, 2020

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The extension of the application deadline means that any Form 470 filed on or before April 1, 2020, will be within the E-rate program’s 28-day competitive bidding requirement. For additional information, please visit the USAC E-rate homepage. As a reminder, EducationSuperHighway’s tools and resources are available to support your E-rate application, including: • Form 470 Best Practices. • 5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470.

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

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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?

Joint SETDA and CoSN statement on FCC Rural Telecommunications Offer

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The agency’s decision to revise tariffs for rural providers is a helpful action at this historic moment when far too many rural students lack access to online learning. Broadband Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Legislation

3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

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This year’s E-rate cycle may be over, but in order to be well prepared for the next one, now is the time to start the connectivity conversation with your school district. Digital learning helps students grasp concepts more fully, and not having access to the wealth of information found in online videos, apps, and curriculum puts these students at an immediate disadvantage to their connected peers.

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

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A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

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Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

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Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent.

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

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With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. However, through the E-rate Modernization order , not only is the cost of upfront construction eligible for reimbursement, but the FCC program also provides additional funding to match state funding for special construction charges.

How a Wi-Fi network upgrade can pave the way for digital learning

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In addition, teachers were adding more devices and the instructional technologists were planning to integrate new technology for digital learning. Kim and the district leadership team began strategically using E-rate Category 2 funds for the Wi-Fi network upgrade. Digital learning in every classroom, every day. Moreover, the school community can rest assured that the network will no longer interfere with learning. Digital Learning

Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students

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On November 17, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to complete the modernization of the federal E-rate program, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years. In July, the FCC took the first step to update the 18-year-old E-rate program by voting to improve transparency, set connectivity goals, phase out legacy services, and upgrade Wi-Fi in schools.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

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state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. read more.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

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Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country. Schools need high-speed broadband and ubiquitous wi-fi to ensure all students have equal access to digital learning opportunities, advocates and stakeholder groups say.

Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

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But what was once the gold standard for high speed is now barely enough to keep pace with modern learning environments, according to Evan Marwell, CEO of the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which released its annual State of the States report Tuesday. At that speed, Marwell said, “digital learning” takes on a whole new meaning. “It’s At 100 kbps, you can have a few teachers here and a few there at any given time using digital learning in the classroom.

SETDA Urges Public Comments to Support Closing the Homework Gap via EBS

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Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Legislation UncategorizedSETDA encourages state agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders to provide public comments for the FCC, Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band by the deadline Wednesday (August 8) or to reply to comments posted by September 7.

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

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Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants. The goal of the Washington Digital Learning Access Grant Program is to support school districts, without adequate broadband connectivity, looking to upgrade to: scalable, fiber infrastructure, and.

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 Hatch Valley schools receive the FCC’s E-Rate initiative, which reimburses schools and libraries for expenses related to internet access. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

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In the past few years, concerted efforts like E-rate modernization and various statewide initiatives have helped bring digital learning opportunities to students across the nation. Let’s look at three examples of how digital learning is changing the face of today’s classroom learning. In order to enable digital learning in every classroom, every day , school districts need the right infrastructure for their Internet access.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We We knew most districts and schools would respond, but a 100-percent response rate shows that technology is a high priority for education leaders throughout the state,” he said. In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

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Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineDuring last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. read more.

ED updates infrastructure guide to reflect school modernization efforts

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Education Department recently released Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, an update to a 2014 infrastructure guide to aid schools and districts that are seeking to upgrade broadband connectivity and devices. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure digital learning E-Rate infrastructure guide tech tools for administratorsBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The U.S.