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

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By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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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.

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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

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. Extend the Learning Day.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

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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6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

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. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

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. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance. E-rate provides $3.9 E-rate Category One funding is invaluable.

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E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

Education Superhighway

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. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it.

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

SecurEdge

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.

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

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.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

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.

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.

3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

eSchool News

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.

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.

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

eSchool News

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.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

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.

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.

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.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

SETDA Says

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.

How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

Education Superhighway

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. Digital Learning

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.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

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.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

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.

“Our Kids Are Worth It”: How A Florida District Amplified its Digital Learning Opportunities

Education Superhighway

Both have had long careers at Brevard and have worked closely to implement technology into the schools’ digital learning programs. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. Mr. Fitzgerald saw an opportunity to plan ahead and set the schools up for future digital learning success.

Technology proponents see progress in closing ‘homework gap’

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® As part of series of events to promote the Future Ready initiative, proponents highlighted local efforts that address digital equity at school with support from the modernization of the E-Rate program. They also addressed efforts to promote digital equity outside-of-school, particularly when it comes to at-home access for students from low-income families.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Add concepts like blended and flipped learning to the equation and you come up with yet another to-do list item: Make sure students can actually use their devices when they aren’t physically on campus and within wi-fi range.

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.