Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

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.

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

EdTech Magazine

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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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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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). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program.

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. Leading the Digital Leap School Administration Top News AASA broadband digital leap e-rate interne

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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.

$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 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

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.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. 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.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

SETDA Says

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

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.

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

Education Superhighway

Russell Cheatham and Mr. Tom Fitzgerald, respectively the CIO and IT Director of Brevard County Public Schools, have both seen first-hand how dramatically classroom technology needs have evolved over the years. Overcoming Obstacles to Digital Access. Digital Learning

Technology proponents see progress in closing ‘homework gap’

FETC Converge

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.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

A free tool from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is intended to help district technology leaders compare broadband and connectivity information with other districts nearby and across the nation. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News

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

FETC Converge

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.

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

Education Superhighway

Merritt has spent the past five years steadily investing in a 1:1 student-to-device program and building out the technological infrastructure to support it. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade.

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.

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 Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

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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Alabama commits $12M to beef up wireless in poor and rural schools

eSchool News

Lawmakers voted 105-0 for the bill, often called the Wired Act, that aims to fix a convoluted problem that, Chesteen says, has held some schools back where information technology is concerned. To get E-rate money, though, local systems have to pitch in matching funds.

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

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Bearden, “There is no silver bullet for addressing digital equity in school communities.” The Perfect Storm In 2014, Beaverson PS passed a bond with significant amount dedicated to technology and by 2016, Beaverton had 32,000 Chromebooks and 10,000 iPads being used in the district.

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

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband New

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Education is going digital. Impact of E-rate Changes. Rising Digital Inequity.

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10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration

Learning in Hand

The first session I attended this morning was What Does Good Technology Integration Look Like by Jonathan Wylie. Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant at Grand Wood AEA. I often tweet about what he posts on his informative instructional technology blog.

Building the Right Infrastructure to Support Mobile Learning

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As they go “all-in” on digital learning, schools are demanding more from their networks. The shift to personalized and inquiry-based learning not only engages students more effectively, it depends on efficient technology.

How one state used matching funds to increase access

Education Superhighway

As the State E-rate Director, Milan Eaton has been working on the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative since it began in 2016. Tell us about your journey from working in the telecom industry to your role now as State E-rate Director for the Arizona Department of Education.

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.

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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Closing the Connectivity Gap with GeoTel

Education Superhighway

Earlier this month, EducationSuperHighway announced a partnership with the top telecommunications infrastructure data and Internet-based spatial technologies provider, GeoTel. million students across the nation who still lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

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But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments. That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders. Things like infrastructure, professional development and the actual purchase of technology equipment will continue to top the list on a technology budget, Krueger says.

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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. Everyone knows that technology used simply because it is technology won’t yield success.

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How the latest ed-tech developments will impact teaching and learning

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. Digital Learning and Tools NewsCatch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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.