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.

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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). She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom.

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. 5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470.

$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.

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

Education Superhighway

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.

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.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

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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. 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.

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 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. SETDA supports the use of such survey tools to help state leaders understand where best to deploy their public dollars, Fox said.

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.

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

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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. With 1 Gbps of bandwidth and 1 Wi-Fi access point per classroom, the district meets the bandwidth goals set by the Oklahoma Connect & Learn Initiative and SETDA.

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. Rural schools are the primary reason that the E-rate program exists, as they are the least servedand have the most need – their 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. Rural schools are the primary reason that the E-rate program exists, as they are the least served and have the most need – their students. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

As internet connectivity becomes a necessity for schools and students, there is a new call for the government to make school bus wi-fi eligible for federal E-rate funding. Udall is calling “on the Commission to use its existing authority to allow E-rate to support school bus wi-fi service in a manner that is both technically feasible and economically reasonable.” Digital Learning and Tools IT Management Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News

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

eSchool News

For years, the federal government has helped local schools buy computers through E-rate, the money it collects through a service fee charged to telecommunications companies. To get E-rate money, though, local systems have to pitch in matching funds. Small and low-income districts often don’t have the money for those matching funds, Chesteen said, and 91 districts are poised to miss out on a large E-rate payout if they don’t make a mid-March deadline.

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. Other major school connectivity challenges reported by school leaders regarding network speed and capacity, competition, E-rate changes, and digital equity include: 2. Impact of E-rate Changes. Rising Digital Inequity.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsEighty-eight percent of U.S.

Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries

EdTech Magazine

Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries. In education, software programs lend a helping hand just about everywhere, from device ­management to digital learning. We learned that one child had planned to commit suicide in the next couple of days — because of the monitoring , we were able to intervene and get him the services he needed.”. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:56.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. “The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R.

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

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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. Since education has been focusing more on adapting itself to its students, rather than students learning to adapt to its educators, there’s never been a better time to re-examine strategies ranging from classroom pedagogy to campus-wide technology initiatives. Digital is King.

New tool helps districts compare bandwidth pricing

eSchool News

21 launched a beta version of Compare & Connect K-12, an online tool that makes the internet services that schools receive more transparent. When we released the 2015 State of the States report on the progress of broadband connectivity in America’s schools, we found that 21 million students in America’s schools are still without the speed they need for digital learning,” said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway.

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. The Wayback Machine is a reference tool for the internet Age as basic as a dictionary. Digital Learning and Tools NewsCatch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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. These districts are taking new and innovative approaches to how technology can advance learning goals, improve instruction, and make students feel safe and secure. The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever.

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What your internet speed tells us about school connectivity

Education Superhighway

Every year, our organization aims to build a complete picture of every school district’s Internet speed and pricing information so that we can update our free tools and resources, which in turn support school leaders as they upgrade their networks. Thanks to public E-rate data, state partners, and a national survey , we’ve been able to clarify roughly 98% of school connectivity data and report on the state of Internet in education. 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. Advice on E-rate program timeline and milestones. JOSH CHISOM, E-RATE SPECIALIST. Translate your technology plans into reality using e-rate funding.

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. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted connectivity goals as part of its modernization of the E-rate program in 2014 with the intention of improving broadband access for K-12 learning and school operations.

Six Tips for Your School District’s Category 2 Upgrade

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it allots $3.9 This is a critical resource now, because schools need robust Wi-Fi to keep up with rising digital learning demands, including 1:1 device policies and multimedia learning programs. To date, only 50% of that available E-rate funding has been utilized. Access RFP templates and other tools to help you with your upgrade. Tips & Tools Category 2

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. For most, that involves applying for funding to install scalable fiber infrastructure, while for others, there may be other ways to ensure that every student can access the digital resources and opportunities they need to prepare for college and their careers. Tips & Tools Tips & tools

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. Tips & Tools

Building the Right Infrastructure to Support Mobile Learning


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. First as consumers and then as educators, schools are committing to mobile technology as their preferred method of digital interaction. For them, untethered digital learning is fundamental for future success.

Compare & Connect K-12 (Beta): Test out our new tool that lets school districts compare bandwidth deals

Education Superhighway

Today we released the beta version of Compare & Connect K-12 , an online tool that helps school district technology directors and superintendents view broadband services and bandwidth information for school districts across the country. Providing sufficient bandwidth to the classroom is key to enabling digital learning, and providing more information on available bandwidth speeds and services is an important first step in helping school districts meet connectivity goals.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. Our engineering team downloads broadband services, pricing, connection type, and service provider data from the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) publicly available E-rate Form 471 filings. Machine Learning and Analysis. Tips & ToolsTRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

How Compare & Connect K-12 Can Help Service Providers

Education Superhighway

This year, school districts seeking broadband upgrades are contending with the shortest-ever E-rate filing window, which means that there are just a few weeks left for service providers to find and bid on school district network services. Compare & Connect K-12, a free school broadband comparison tool, has helped thousands of school districts prepare for their network upgrades. Tips & Tools

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With the increasing use of technology as a tool for learning, students and teachers need more than basic connectivity. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country.