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

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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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Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA and E-Rate

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E-rate is complicated. But complying with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- a requirement of E-rate -- doesn't have to be. What is E-rate? Who is eligible to receive E-rate support? What is E-rate?

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These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

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As the world undergoes a digital transformation—with connectivity and access to computers and mobile devices playing an increasingly prominent role in everyone’s lives—elementary schools know they need to incorporate technology in the educational process to prepare their students for future success. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success). e-rate Featured on eSchool News How-to IT Management IT Newsletter

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

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However, through the E-rate Modernization order , not only is the cost of upfront construction eligible for reimbursement, but the FCC program also provides additional funding to match state funding for special construction charges. Local service provider, Valley Telecom, took advantage of the E-rate special construction funds, as well as the state match funding to connect Columbus Elementary School to the district hub.

The History of the Future of E-rate

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Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech? A History of E-rate Legislation.

K–12 Leaders Get Creative to Make the Case for Network Upgrades

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Two years ago, IT Services Director AJ Phillips needed to persuade her school board to purchase new network infrastructure, so she tapped her prior experience as an elementary school teacher and presented a show-and-tell. Schools today require vast amounts of bandwidth, but convincing leaders to pay for networking projects is often challenging, even with the Federal Communication Commission’s E-rate program subsidizing most of the costs.

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A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

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E-rate modernization has not only helped schools boost their connectivity, but more than 10,000 districts were able to invest in Wi-Fi networks in the past four years. This is thanks to the Category 2 funding available via E-rate as mentioned in our newly released report, Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day. These districts are at risk of losing more than $300 million in funding if they don’t use at least a portion of their E-rate funds in 2018-19.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

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As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

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Staff from Creekview Elementary School in Middletown post selfies during the district-wide fire drill. In addition to universal internet access, the network is calling for an expansion of the E-Rate program, special funds to support procurement and teacher training for public school districts, and measures to ensure sustained access throughout a student’s K-12 experience.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

The cost of not investing rural high speed Internet: Why one school upgraded to fiber

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Online testing: Every year, Jim had to ask the elementary school students to stop using online math tutorials during statewide high school and middle school mandated testing periods. The school district couldn’t cover the cost of non-recurring construction to build fiber to their most rural school with just E-rate. Jim worked with his E-rate consultant at VST Services to release a Form 470 and RFP for lit fiber.

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

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In years past, particularly in the district’s elementary schools, Wireless Access Points (WAPs) couldn’t support the rapidly growing number of devices in every classroom; only 12 students could get online at one time. Leveraging these savings coupled with E-Rate eligibilities afforded the district the opportunity to double their Internet bandwidth from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps to meet new bandwidth needs. For Brevard, E-rate was an absolutely essential enabler of progress.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

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Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. Web filtering does vary dramatically from elementary, middle, to high school – however, it offers additional aspects often forgotten that are equally optimal for students of any age. Technology is now integrated into daily life at a very young age, leaving even elementary school students at risk for cyberbullying.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

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For Massac Unit School District #1, good timing, persistence, and a collaborative approach have allowed three elementary schools to finally upgrade to scalable fiber-optic connections. At Massac’s request, EducationSuperHighway researched and proposed solutions to provide Internet access via fiber for the three elementary schools that needed to be upgraded: Franklin Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, and Unity Elementary School.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

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As the Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education office, Ken Klau is focused on the strategy for rethinking the structure and delivery of learning, building a more student-centered system of public education, and creating the next generation of K–12 learning environments. They provided free technical assistance to education administrators in navigating the E-rate program.

Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies

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That money, combined with federal E-rate funds , enabled St. The systems have had the biggest impact on elementary and middle school students, especially on getting girls more interested in science , says Decker. In many of our elementary classrooms, we’re shifting to flat-panel screens,” he says. Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:36. A frog appears to float in midair.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

Collaboration and coincidence help Massac schools upgrade their bandwidth

Education Superhighway

For Massac Unit School District #1, good timing, persistence, and a collaborative approach have allowed three elementary schools to finally upgrade to scalable fiber-optic connections. At Massac’s request, EducationSuperHighway researched and proposed solutions to provide Internet access via fiber for the three elementary schools that needed to be upgraded: Franklin Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, and Unity Elementary School.

7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

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Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. After lesson guides for the elementary, middle, and high schools were created, Theresa presented the information to all the principals for input and adjustments. She found in a school survey that nearly 90 percent of the elementary teachers weren’t aware that the district was teaching digital citizenship, despite the fact that every student was receiving instruction on it.

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

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1 at the elementary level. Nebraska’s two historical bonds, one in 2014 and another in 2017 that positioned Omaha PS to take total advantage of the modernization of E-Rate. The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

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

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Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. Merritt solicited the support of its E-rate consultant, Julie Watson, who provided invaluable advice on how to fund an upgrade.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

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With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do. Rural schools are the primary reason that the E-rate program exists, as they are the least servedand have the most need – their students.

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

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“[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. Now, teachers are using [technology] to give feedback to students via uploaded documents, run our STEM lab at the elementary, and offer all kinds of iPad apps for our Pre-K students. Getting fiber infrastructure to a rural school district is no easy feat.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

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Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. After lesson guides for the elementary, middle, and high schools were created, Theresa presented the information to all the principals for input and adjustments. She found in a school survey that nearly 90% of the elementary teachers weren’t aware that the district was teaching digital citizenship, despite the fact that every student was receiving instruction on it.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

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“We simply cannot continue operating with 500 elementary students sharing 100 Mbps of bandwidth. The nonprofit worked to create awareness around the issue of school broadband connectivity, including working with President Obama to launch the ConnectEd initiative and to urge the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the E-rate program. As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

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One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Collaborated with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), MassIT, and the Department of. As a result, during the E-rate bid process, he was able to leverage the information to request double the bandwidth to match surrounding school districts.

Rural Education Addressing A Tension Point in the Great American Divide

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With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools. Understandable, but not equitable when data shows that rural areas have slightly higher poverty rates than urban areas. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) states poverty rates are 18% in rural areas compared with 15% in urban areas. Have high school graduation rates increased in rural counties?

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

Doug Levin

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. Tagged on: April 20, 2017 FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved | Education Week → New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is not happy with the way USAC is running the E-rate program.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

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With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do. 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.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION

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The proposed bond projects include $500,000 in improvements to elementary STEM facilities and $17 million for improvements to school technology. According to the most recent figures from Funds for Learning, E-Rate applicants nationwide requested almost $748 million in discounts against the purchase of just over $1 billion in Category Two products and services, which are detailed in this chart (right). WHO IS IN THE MONEY?

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

Doug Levin

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. Tagged on: April 20, 2017 FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved | Education Week → New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is not happy with the way USAC is running the E-rate program.

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Why is America Forgetting About Rural Education?

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With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools. Understandable, but not equitable when data shows that rural areas have slightly higher poverty rates than urban areas. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) states poverty rates are 18% in rural areas compared with 15% in urban areas. Have high school graduation rates increased in rural counties?

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

Doug Levin

For each of the three primary (equity-focused) federal educational technology programs authorized by Congress since the passage of the 1994 revision to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), below I provide details on the programs’: legislative authorization (i.e., Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

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billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019. In Virginia, video conferencing and application sharing is allowing elementary students to jointly develop solar-powered flashlights with students in Honduras. In Connecticut, a blended learning program with the tech industry allows students to earn their high school diploma and a STEM associate’s degree, increasing retention and graduation rates.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

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A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. Today Northborough and Southborough public schools have a much faster connection via fiber optic lines—35 Mbps up/down speeds at the elementary and middle schools and 150 Mbps at the high schools. Students now interview authors across the country via Skype and access books that match their interests and reading levels on e-readers. By Heidi Moore.