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.

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

Marketplace K-12

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

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Funds For Learning Introduces ‘My E-rate Guides?’ to Further Support E-rate Applicants

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In keeping with its mission to improve the lives of students by helping them connect to the internet, Funds For Learning has added a suite of new services. My E-rate Guides? brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program. My E-rate Guides? My E-rate Guides?

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

Blended Learning Barriers Examined in New Education Week Report

Marketplace K-12

A new Education Week special report profiles school districts'' efforts to bring blended learning home by increasing needy students'' access to out-of-school Wi-Fi. E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning Procurement blendedlearning digitalcontent technology

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Pledge Huge Gift to Education, Public Health

Marketplace K-12

The Facebook executive and his wife say they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, worth $45 billion, to a host of public health and education efforts. E-rate Ed-tech Entrepreneurship Online Learning mobile devices

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. We are very fortunate to have a school district that supports technology in the classroom and provides extended computer lab hours, one-to-one access to laptops and desktops, and online learning resources for teachers to enrich their curriculum and lesson plans.”. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. Hansen said the stakes are high for getting families access as well, since student feedback and parent-teacher engagement are increasingly delivered online. to repurpose the Educational Broadband Service spectrum.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

That means we must prepare now for the potential that colleges and universities that swiftly shifted to online instruction as the pandemic swept through the country and forced campuses to shutter will have to continue, and even ramp up, those efforts in September. Department of Education.

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

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We can extend the learning day.

K-12 Funding in the American Rescue Plan

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President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 , providing more funding relief for K-12 education than the previous CARES and CRRSA Acts combined. Further funding has also been appropriated in support of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ( IDEA ), including $2.58

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

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Emergency online teaching. Or just plain online learning. There’s just one problem: millions of students in the country don’t have a reliable way to get online. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We Remote delivery of instruction.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. First, there are states that lack any laws about what connectivity should be provided for education. Jennifer E.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. Educational use was 22 percent for those who didn’t lose their main source of internet access when libraries shut down.

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. . To ensure all students can take advantage of the promise of digital learning, schools must have access to high-speed internet capable of supporting online educational opportunities.

Discover Ways to Drive Safe Google Apps Adoption in Your School

Gaggle Speaks

The launch of Google Classroom along with changes to E-Rate funding have led school districts, perhaps more than ever, to consider a move to Google Apps for Education. The Gaggle webcast also reminded attendees of the importance of creating a safe online learning environment for students when using Google Apps for Education.

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

Doug Levin

It’s now time to get down to brass tacks and figure out how the implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) can best be leveraged by state and local officials to improve educational outcomes for children and youth. This post summarizes my current thoughts on the issue in the hope that it may be useful to others in – or who work with – State Departments of Education. Offering online learning? The glasses have been raised.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

After deciding your network upgrade needs based on the infrastructure and educational goals your team agreed on , your next step is the purchasing process. Having a reliable network that supports your learning goals must be balanced with the cost to build and maintain that network. Compare & Connect K-12 is our free online tool that shows bandwidth prices and speeds for school districts across the country.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. Department of Education released the America’s College Promise Playbook , a comprehensive and up-to-date resource guide that provides practitioners with relevant and actionable information about how they can offer more students access to an affordable, high-quality education through which students can go as far as their talents and work ethic can take them.” ” Another Department of Education release : an update to the College Scorecard.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. Senate ’s education committee on a party-line vote Wednesday advanced the nomination of Carlos Muñiz for general counsel at the Department of Education ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via WBEZ : “CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education At Students’ Expense.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Bill Would Bar U.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. ” Casey’s response: we have more information and expanded access to educational materials, but no increase in faculty productivity and no decrease in costs.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Education Department hires include a venture capitalist, members of the Trump campaign, and a KIPP school founder. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “177 Private Colleges Fail Education Dept.’s

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

The Hechinger Report

About 20 students gazed at their laptops, an online poll open on each screen. Then, without missing a beat, she switched the smartboard display and launched into a multiple-choice quiz using a game-based online learning platform called Kahoot! That would have brought everything—email, online testing, cloud-based records systems and student research—to a halt. But the future of educational technology here is starting to emerge from a pixelated past.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. But the iPads will be discontinued next year in favor of the Dell Latitude Education Series (3160) touchscreen laptop computer. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This

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