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. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

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

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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.

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E-rate Filing Window Is Now Open: 3 Resources to Get Started

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Here we outline three essential resources to help you successfully navigate the E-rate process and avoid common pitfalls. As well as outlining some of the best practices we’ve seen amongst E-rate applicants, we provide advice on how you can secure funding and take advantage of E-rate and State Match to support your upgrades. As always these are free to download and adapt to meet your own local needs and regulations.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

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In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Applicant survey results reveal that schools and libraries remain reliant on E-rate funding to provide and sustain broadband connectivity. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] Key 2018 survey findings include: E-rate is fulfilling its mission.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

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In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Applicant survey results reveal that schools and libraries remain reliant on E-rate funding to provide and sustain broadband connectivity. Key provisions of the 2014 E-rate Modernization Order that expanded federal support for broadband internet connections will expire in 2020.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

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And in recent months, data has been essential to our defense of the E-rate program. Every year, we conduct surveys asking K-12 public school districts to clarify their publicly available E-rate data. 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.

FETC 2019: 10 Steps to Develop a Successful K–12 Bus Wi-Fi Program

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Allowing only school-owned devices can limit the chances of students overusing data on application downloads and finding ways to work around filtering software to access blocked sites on the bus, said Bearden. Currently, E-Rate does not cover connected bus programs. FETC 2019: 10 Steps to Develop a Successful K–12 Bus Wi-Fi Program. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:56.

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Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

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If teachers want kids to use online resources in class, they must take home a classroom set of laptops and download the information to each computer in preparation for the school day. Since 2014, a primary goal of the E-rate program has been to ensure affordable access to high-speed broadband in the nation’s schools. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

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Our engineering team downloads broadband services, pricing, connection type and service provider data from the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) publicly available Form 471 filings. We also download school district demographic information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and boundaries for state maps from the U.S. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

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

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Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade. In grades 7-12, students are permitted to download their own apps, games, music, and pictures to their devices.

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

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We couldn’t download videos, and I even had to ask people to get offline during standardized testing so we wouldn’t bog down the network. “[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.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

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However, even on their best days, download speeds were not fast enough to support each class’s digital programs: 15-20 Mbps for Franklin Elementary. Between these savings and their 80% E-rate discount, Massac fully expects the upgrade to be well within their budget. Timing may not be everything, but it counts for a lot.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

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They weren’t familiar with E-rate because it wasn’t a state program, so we needed to introduce the program before talking about state match. I downloaded the bill and added a sticky next to every place where it said “digital” or “technology” By the end, the bill was covered in stickies. This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools.

Learning.com Launches Cyberbullying Prevention Campaign for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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With national data reports showing cyberbullying on the rise, especially in public schools, the digital literacy leader has created a cyberbullying prevention toolkit for educators to download and help students and parents do their part in promoting online safety and good digital citizen skills. To download a complimentary toolkit, visit Learning.com Learning.com’s special toolkit offersdigital materials that help bridge the gap between school and home to help keep students safe online.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

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The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid.

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Executive Briefs

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF NET NEUTRALITY, DISTRICT LEADERS SHOULD BE PROACTIVE WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS The recent demise of net neutrality could threaten reliable Internet connections by raising prices, slowing downloads, and blocking some content, which could strain district finances and create headaches for teachers who use multimedia resources for teaching and testing.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

Education Superhighway

However, even on their best days, download speeds were not fast enough to support each class’s digital programs: 15-20 Mbps for Franklin Elementary. Between these savings and their 80% E-rate discount, Massac fully expects the upgrade to be well within their budget. Timing may not be everything, but it counts for a lot.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid.

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Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

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Most students in the Lower 48 can post videos on their schools’ websites or download assignments in a matter of seconds. As much as 90 percent of the cost for school internet access is covered by federal E-rate funds, but because everything costs more in rural areas, northwest Alaska districts still must stretch their budgets to cover the remaining 10 percent, according to officials.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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While the federal government awards billions of dollars annually to get schools and libraries online, through its E-rate program, Albemarle’s project is technically ineligible for that because it’s “off campus,” even though it will be an extension of the school network with all its security, filters and firewalls. Her kids love to read, and they want to download new books rather than re-read the paperbacks at home.

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Via Edsurge : “Why the FCC ’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl.” ” The details: “The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruling came after a secondary school student in Germany downloaded a photograph of Cordoba from a travel website to illustrate a presentation which was then published on the school website.” Times published teachers’ ratings.

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” Via the CBC : “ University of Manitoba students receive ‘extortion’ letters over illegal downloads.” “A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers and other devices that log myriad biological activities.” Education Politics.

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Selected students can now choose to download a digital version of their degree certificate to their smartphones when they graduate, in addition to receiving a paper diploma.” (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week.” ” The irony.