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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Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

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.

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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 a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus. 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). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program.

$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.

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

SETDA Says

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.

“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.

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

Having high-speed Internet is not just about meeting standards, however: it’s about offering students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background or geographic location. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Having high-speed Internet is not just about meeting standards, however: it’s about offering students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background or geographic location. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade.

Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

. Nearly nine out of 10 school districts meet the federal government’s minimum standard for internet connectivity – a significant increase from 2013, when only 30 percent met that level, according to a report released Tuesday by a California-based nonprofit organization.

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. Those goals were adopted as part of the E-Rate Modernization Order reform efforts in 2014.

EducationSuperHighway Attends Alaska Telephone Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Education Superhighway

Last month, our Service Provider Partnership Manager Tim Riley and Network Engineer Jason Warchol traveled to the Alaska Telephone Association 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn about the success that a small, rural school district in Arizona experienced by joining an existing fiber build.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

According to the group, 98 percent of public schools have next-generation fiber infrastructure, and 96 percent have enough connectivity to support online and digital learning. . MORE FROM EDTECH : Find the information you need to prepare for your E-Rate application.

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Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Network Essentials for Superintendents: Planning for the future

Education Superhighway

With technology playing a pivotal role in creating incredible learning opportunities for America’s students, it’s vital that every classroom has the bandwidth needed to access media-rich educational tools and implement digital learning. Digital Learning

3 ways we support school districts

Education Superhighway

High-speed broadband that can support digital learning requires a combination of scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and robust internal networks that can deliver information onto student devices in the classroom. NAVIGATE E-RATE.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. Digital is King.

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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.

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Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

District leaders have a lot on their plate, but it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology is supporting a school district’s learning goals. The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

Five tips for upgrading your Internet mid-contract

Education Superhighway

Making sure your school district has the ability to scale your Internet access over time is critical to keeping pace with demand for digital learning in the classroom. If you have any questions, contact your state E-rate coordinator and they can help point you in the right direction.

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

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million of US students who are now meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) minimum internet access goal of 100 kbps per student. 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. million students without the minimum bandwidth to access digital learning tools.

?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.

NJSBA Launches Connectivity Initiative to Advance Internet Access in Schools

Education Superhighway

New Jersey school districts have made tremendous progress in closing the connectivity gap over the past four years, but over 10,000 students still need more bandwidth for digital learning. Read on to learn more. .

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. Fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can scale cost-effectively to meet growing bandwidth needs.

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. Students were excited about learning. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map

eSchool News

Data from the Federal Communications Commission reveals that the federal E-Rate program has connected nearly all U.S. In fact, more than half of schools (63 percent) don’t have enough bandwidth to meet digital learning needs, according to the nonprofit Education SuperHighway.

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Fiber or Cable? Making the Switch to Scalable High-Speed Connections

Education Superhighway

As school districts increasingly take advantage of digital learning in the classroom, they need high-speed connectivity that supports their expanded technology use. Robust digital learning opportunities extend beyond online testing or digitized versions of textbooks.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

Through his years of experience and working closely with EducationSuperHighway on the Digital Connections Initiative, his passion for technology has enabled him to impact public schools in Massachusetts by being proactive in getting high speed internet in all schools across the state.

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

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Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested. Encouraging a shift to digital textbooks? Offering online learning? The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

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.

EducationSuperHighway announces new milestone in closing the K-12 connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Today, we released our fourth annual State of the States report: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day and we are proud to announce that 40.7 million students still don’t have access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning, down from 6.5