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

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

” This rarely noticed charge helps fund a variety of programs that enable families, libraries, and schools to stay connected. 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.

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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.

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. school and library to high-speed internet by helping states and school districts access billions of dollars in the newly modernized federal E-rate program.

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. 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.

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

Education Superhighway

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. Grants schools and libraries an automatic 60-day extension to file requests for review or waiver of decisions by USAC.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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. Equity has become a pretty important word in the K-12 sector over the last few years as schools and districts integrate more technology applications, devices, and software into the learning environment.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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Or just plain online learning. That can make it tough to move to a digital workflow even when classes are meeting as scheduled. And Philadelphia’s school district has announced its equity concerns are big enough to forego any attempt at online learning in the first place.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals. Perhaps the single most significant development in ensuring access was the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) modernization of the E-rate program. school and library to the Internet.

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Skyrocketing Category 2 Form 470s

Education Superhighway

The E-rate Category 2 program has been a game changer for school districts across America looking to upgrade their internal networks. Since 2015, 83% of school districts nationwide have received federal E-rate Category 2 funding — a dramatic increase from 14% between 2011 and 2014. As mentioned above, schools have applied and leveraged this funding at a greater rate over the past four years more than ever before.

EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

SAN FRANCISCO — December 11, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve Chairman Wheeler’s latest proposal to complete modernization of the 18-year-old federal E-rate program. It has led the way in contributing extensive school and broadband data analyses that played a pivotal role in igniting action for modernization and shaping a smarter E-rate.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. For example, today, students need a minimum of 100 kbps of Internet bandwidth—the FCC has anticipated that by 2018, 1 Mbps per student will be the minimum recommended bandwidth for digital learning. This is a direct reflection of your district’s learning goals.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

Education Superhighway

“With the passage of this bill, we will open up digital learning opportunities in classrooms across Oregon.” In addition, the schools plan to have some costs covered by the Federal Communications Commission School and Libraries (E-rate) program. To learn more, view the full Connecting Oregon Schools Fund House Bill.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. The FCC is helping schools make the necessary investments in their broadband infrastructure through December 2014’s Second E-rate Modernization order , which provides public school districts and libraries with new options for funding fiber special construction projects. Learn more about our Fiber Consulting Program.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

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E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. With more E-Rate data comes a more detailed picture for the state of internet connectivity. As more fiber networks have been established—largely due to subsidies provided by E-Rate and work by state leaders—more schools have also been able to get the wi-fi they need.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Utilizing the combined power of several anchor institutions, the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative has been instrumental in upgrading K-12 schools so that students can take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. We closed that gap by contracting with a team of E-rate experts from E-rate Central and a network design engineer from Mighty River. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

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Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. “To provide students with the education they need to thrive in a globally connected world, we must find ways to design, fund, acquire, and maintain the infrastructure that will make connectivity a reality for every teacher and student in every learning environment.”

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. And Marwell wants all of them to experience the types of teaching and learning high-speed internet access facilitates.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

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To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

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It’s a common story: the energetic principal who comes into a school, revamps the curriculum, creates innovative learning practices, and then leaves with no sustainability plan. First, districts need to address the digital divide/homework gap in meaningful ways. By Stacey Pusey.

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. Twelve states said they are thinking about coordinating statewide consortia for the E-rate’s new wi-fi funding.

Women’s History Month: How a district leader persisted in bringing fiber to her schools

Education Superhighway

After being introduced to EducationSuperHighway by Virginia’s K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program coordinator Susan Clair, Robin began to see a path forward. “[EducationSuperHighway] showed me that there were service providers that were willing to come out here, so I was able to put out my E-rate Form 470 and get feedback. Getting fiber infrastructure to a rural school district is no easy feat.

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

Education Superhighway

A new school year means new opportunities, ambitious learning goals, and heightened prospects for kids, but for millions of our nation’s students, those opportunities come with an asterisk. 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.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

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According to the most recent figures from Funds for Learning, E-Rate applicants nationwide requested almost $748 million in discounts against the purchase of just over $1 billion in Category Two products and services, which are detailed in this chart (right). Designed to support the installation and upgrade of data networks inside school and library buildings, more than 75 percent of applicant sites nationwide have requested Category Two support since Funding Year 2015.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ New York City libraries have announced they plan to forgive the late fees of all children aged 17 and under in a one-time amnesty event,” The AP reports. ” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” (National) Education Politics.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Challenges to accreditation and certification and the steady drumbeat of “everyone should learn to code” are connected to politics as well as to the business of ed-tech. Hayden is the first new librarian of Congress since 1987,” The New York Times observed at her swearing in in September, “and brings with her another generation’s ideas about accessibility, technology and the role that libraries play in society.” million in E-Rate rebates.).