On Altering the Public Record on E-Rate

Doug Levin

Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program’s Success.” Levin, a consultant with EdTech Strategies and the former head of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. Blog News Policy Ajit Pai E-rate FCCAs quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Education Week. 8 February 2017. It’s common for a federal agency to switch policy directions after a change in leadership, especially following a presidential election, said Douglas A.

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CoSN2021: What Your School District Must Understand About E-Rate

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With the federal E-rate program, K–12 schools can offset the costs of network upgrades and related technology and service purchases, allowing them to modernize learning environments. Join EdTech as we provide coverage of CoSN2021.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

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By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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4 Tips for Successful E-rate Planning

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff By creating a plan, K–12 IT administrators can make the most of the federal funds. Access Points Funding Management Networking Wi-Fi

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E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We We couldn’t have the bandwidth that we currently provide to students without E-rate,” says Daryl Shelton , information systems director for the California district. “It How E-Rate 2.0

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

EdTech Magazine

ERate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Recent updates to E-rate, which put more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools , have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. . When E-rate 2.0 MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out everything you need to know about E-rate. E-Rate Opens Local Resources for Other K–12 Projects.

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E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown. The E-rate program will continue to run as scheduled regardless of whether parts or all of the Federal Communications Commission are shut down, Funds For Learning reports. . On January 3rd, the FCC suspended operations as part of a partial government shutdown , however officials say schools applying for E-rate funds should continue to follow the application process.

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process. As the Federal Communications Commission weighs potential changes to the E-rate program, consultant Deborah Sovereign shared some of her predictions about its likely course of action at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition in San Antonio on Tuesday. . Sovereign and Martinez presented several best practices that can guide districts to E-rate success.

How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff E-Rate changes help ensure schools can spend funds effectively. Classroom Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

4 Tips for Making Your E-Rate Application Smooth

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff When applying for E-Rate, schools and districts should plan ahead. Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

6 Steps for a Successful E-rate Application

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Don't let the process of applying for federal funding trip you up. Funding Innovation Leadership Management Networking

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How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

eSchool News

Related content: 4 things to ask about E-rate funding. During a recent webinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and matching state funds.

E-Rate 2.0: Advice for Companies Navigating Changes to the Program

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Businesses working with schools can help themselves by closely monitoring applications to the E-rate program, and their use of federal discounts made available, a newly published guide says. E-rate For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement broadband erate edtech

K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available

EdTech Magazine

K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available. While E-rate offers $3.9 Unused funds are rolled over into the next year, so there is plenty of money available for districts that need it , says Brian Stephens, the E-rate consulting firm’s senior compliance analyst. . The decline in applications is due to funding caps for Category Two equipment and phase-out of support for voice services, plus the perception that E-rate is complex, Stephens says.

How E-Rate 2.0 Helps Schools Afford Broadband and Wi-Fi

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff What K–12 schools and districts need to know about changes to the E-Rate program. Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress.

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Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress. Save the Children releases report on edtech and emergencies. The purpose of this report is to build an understanding of ‘what works’ in EdTech to ensure that children can learn in crisis or displaced settings. East Bay Edtech Symposium sees Record Breaking Participation. Diablo Unified School District’s East Bay CUE’s STEM and EdTech Symposium Feb.

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

SPECIAL FEATURE: THE STATE OF E-RATE

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edtech funding program has done for schools. Now that the fanfare is over, it’s time to ask what the largest U.S. Techlearning Resources

Get Ready for E-Rate 2.0 with Highlights from the Recent Changes

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Changes to E-Rate means greater Wi-Fi and broadband access for K–12 schools and districts. Bandwidth Management Funding Management Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

Filing for E-Rate? Check This List of Eligible Services First

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff The E-Rate application process can be daunting, but this list shows school districts exactly which services and products that are eligible for discounts. Big Data Business Intelligence Funding Leadership Management Mobility

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Its past due time to revisit the E-rate discount formula, which is the mechanism that allocates funds to schools. The post Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game. In 2012, Chromebooks accounted for only 1% of the devices sold to US classrooms; now, they make up more than half of the edtech market.

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LearnPlatform Launches National EdTech Equity Dashboard to Improve Visibility of Digital K-12 Engagement and Gaps Across U.S.

eSchool News

For the first time, national daily edtech trends are aggregated and visible to understand and identify digital learning disparities. The Dashboard also provides visibility to a daily measurement of overall edtech engagement across the U.S.,

Social Highlights from EdTech's Latest Webinar

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Did you miss our latest webinar on networking and E-Rate? Don't worry — we have the social highlights right here. Networking

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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All in this Edtech Reports Recap. But there’s still a ways to go to hit the FCC’s “longer-term” target of 1 Mbps, which was to kick in by now, for taking advantage of bandwidth-hungry edtech apps. The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning.

Edtech in Rural Education

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Reflecting on his school's technology initiative, middle school principal Chris Hanson said , “(edtech) has made my life a lot easier when it comes to looking at the entire grade level of data… I can look and see exactly how long a student’s been stuck on a certain standard, how long they’ve been working on it, and if they’ve been stuck. So, why is edtech so slow to catch on in rural education? Edtech is a necessity for rural education.

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

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Especially important is a strategy to align digital learning plans to participation in the E-rate program and any state programs designed to meet similar ends (including those beyond K-12 education that support broadband build out to universities, hospitals, libraries, or public safety institutions). The glasses have been raised.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Moving to the cloud can be good for both vendors and schools It is in the interests of the edtech industry for educators to feel confident about using technology. Edtech cannot afford to let the specter of cybercrime dampen enthusiasm. Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain.

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

Doug Levin

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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Tagged on: April 21, 2017 Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability | Education Next → Interoperability is an issue in the market of edtech devices, apps and services. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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On FCC Support for Schools Under a Trump Administration (Cont’d)

Doug Levin

FCC Chair to Step Down; Championed E-Rate Reform, Net Neutrality.” Among the things to watch, said Doug Levin, a consultant with EdTech Strategies: attempts to roll back the net neutrality provision, recently enacted privacy protections, and spending increases for programs such as the E-rate and Lifeline. “I also expect a significant increase in school audits in a search for potential waste, fraud, and abuse of E-rate funds.”

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