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?

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. When Tulare City School District officials wanted to provide Google Chromebooks to every student, they knew the wireless network wasn’t up to the job. 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 How E-Rate 2.0 When E-rate 2.0

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The E-Rate Aftermath

Gaggle Speaks

What Good is E-Rate Modernization if Schools Can’t Pay for What’s Connected to Broadband? The dust is starting to settle from the recent changes to the federal E-Rate program. Bandwidth is valuable, but bandwidth without safe communication and collaboration tools—which accounted for less than 5% of E-Rate funds—drastically diminishes the value of increased connection speeds.

Q&A: How the Virginia DOE and Orange County Leveraged E-rate

Education Superhighway

The Virginia Department of Education’s Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Susan Clair, spearheads the effort to ensure school leaders are aware of the E-rate program, funding, tools and resources needed for a successful broadband upgrade. We recently went Google two years ago and see a big increase in bandwidth from that. The Government agreed to cover cost percentages that weren’t covered by E-rate and the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA).

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. Last week, Stephanie Jones-Franklin, an instructional technology specialist, joined Tracy Duncan, Gaggle’s training manager, and Tim Lee, CEO of Amplified IT, to present an engaging and interactive webcast entitled, “How to Drive Safe Google Apps Adoption in Your School.”

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Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

For nearly two decades, our organization has served 137 school districts in our stat e. Recent webinars explored the Google Admin console, how to prepare a technology plan for the Alabama State Department of Education, E-rate support, SQL Server database scripts and anti-virus support. We see many questions about E-rate. Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:58.

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K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors

EdTech Magazine

Anything they do on the internet is recorded: the videos that they’re watching, their queries on Google or Bing, the sites they tried to see but couldn’t because they were stopped,” he says. CIPA mandates that schools participating in the federal E-rate program have internet safety policies that include filtering and monitoring technologies. K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors. Andrew.Steger_zKQu. Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:12.

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Next-Gen Voice and Presence Technology Keep K–12 Districts Safer

EdTech Magazine

Because the district’s phone system used Primary Rate Interface voice lines, it would no longer qualify for federal assistance by the end of 2019 due to changes in the FCC’s E-rate program. The company offered discounted rates on low-use lines, like those found inside classrooms, and provided more than 1,000 new handsets at no charge, Zamudio says. Google+. Next-Gen Voice and Presence Technology Keep K–12 Districts Safer. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. David Andrade is a K–12 Strategy Specialist and Google Apps/Chromebooks specialist on the education strategy team for CDW·G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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CIPA requires schools and libraries to install measures to protect children from obscene or harmful content in exchange for discounts offered by the E-rate program. Along with Chromebooks came Google Apps for Education – a suite of free, cloud-based productivity tools that allow for easy collaboration and engagement on any device.

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Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps, Evernote, Edmodo, and more are all web based. E-rate no longer pays for servers either. We use Backupify to backup and archive all of our Google Apps data and the other vendors backup the data to multiple locations. They are moving to Google Apps and Chromebooks (and moving all files to Drive) and are moving to have Pearson host PowerSchool instead of hosting themselves. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space

EdTech Magazine

Many school districts fund essential networking upgrades through the federal Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund , more commonly referred to as E-rate. Often, vendors work with districts to identify products that are eligible for E-rate funding. It’s also important to equip devices with collaboration and productivity tools such as Office 365 or Google 's G Suite for Education. 8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space.

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TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

With the help of a local bond and E-rate funding , the Texas public school district serving more than 67,000 students and covering portions of Houston and Harris County, embarked on an ambitious three-year technology plan to put devices into the hands of every student, teacher and administrator. As a result of Innovate Academy and Level Up, Aldine now has more than 93,000 active Google accounts and 37,582 Chromebooks in use, he said.

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

EdTech Magazine

Soon after Putnam County School District adopted GoGuardian internet content monitoring, it detected four troubled students making Google searches that were variations on the query “how to kill yourself.” Content Monitoring Tools Help K–12 IT Officials Patrol Internet Boundaries.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Early results from pilots Google conducted of its Rolling Study Halls program , which supplies school buses in North Carolina and South Carolina with mobile Wi-Fi routers and an onboard educator to help with assignments, suggest providing internet access during the school commute can result in reading and math proficiency and digital fluency gains. Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap? eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:15.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering expanding Internet access in schools and we need your help telling them to vote “YES” to expanding E-rate in order to provide the nation’s students with the tools they need. Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school.

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

EdTech Magazine

Two years ago, Google and the Consortium for School Networking launched a pilot connected school bus program, Rolling Study Halls , after districts voiced interest in helping rural students use their long bus rides effectively toward their education. What we are really trying to do with Rolling Study Halls is to extend learning time,” said Alex Sanchez, a senior analyst for public policy and government affairs at Google, in a Jan.

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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Gabe Soumakian: With E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and more taking place at once, what are you looking at in terms of changes to the way you’re funding technology these days? Stuart Burt : When they changed E-rate a couple years ago, it was a learning curve. We have an upcoming session for Google Expeditions, and all the teachers coming to that are going to be learning with my IT staff.

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CoSN 2018: 10 Tips for Running IT in a Small School District

EdTech Magazine

Small districts also can resell equipment, take advantage of E-rate funds and evaluate systems yearly for redundancies or other unnecessary spending. Battaglia said she often visits schools and offers tips on Google Chrome or Microsoft Word while chatting with staff or teachers. “ CoSN 2018: 10 Tips for Running IT in a Small School District. juliet.vanwage…. Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:49. In a small school district, an IT leader is more than just the steward of technologies. “

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7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

eSchool News

Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. She also created a system through Google Classroom for them to easily submit materials and documentation electronically. “It’s How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? To begin with, creativity, flexibility and strong goals are a must.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? | New York Times → Could it be that Google has become a natural monopoly by supplying an entire market’s demand for a service, at a price lower than what would be offered by two competing firms? Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms.

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

EdTech Magazine

That money, combined with federal E-rate funds , enabled St. Google+. 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. Using a stylus, a seventh-grader wearing “driver glasses” separates the amphibian’s skeleton from its musculature and holds it aloft. .

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? | New York Times → Could it be that Google has become a natural monopoly by supplying an entire market’s demand for a service, at a price lower than what would be offered by two competing firms? Tagged on: April 22, 2017 Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld → Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms.

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McMinn County School System Makes Boxlight’sProColor Interactive Flat Panels the New Classroom Standard

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Users also have access to a wealth of applications in Office 365 & Google Classroom via an Android OS built-in browser. McMinn County School System in Athens, Tenn.,

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. She also created a system through Google Classroom for them to easily submit materials and documentation electronically. “It’s As a Google for Education Certified Educator and Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and an Apple Teacher 2016, Theresa has skills in educational technology that stretch across many devices and platforms to reach the needs of all.

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

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Learning.comoffers a complete online safety curriculum that provides lesson plans and activities, reporting on district E-rate compliance, and seamless integration with Google Classroom and other widely used learning platforms. PORTLAND, Ore.

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

The Hechinger Report

Eighth-graders Avril Seppilu, 13, right, and Tia Prentice, 13, left, listen during a Google Hangouts Meet video call to students in Hawaii. She’s been doing Google Hangouts with us online, which is super convenient,” Tozier said.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

Google Apps for Education. How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate? We are now working on an e-rate application to double it again. He’s always just a Google Hangout away from support if he needs it, but by reducing the complexity of the network down to a few key components, the level of troubleshooting required when things don’t work is greatly reduced. Google Apps for Education. Going Google is a no-brainer for a small district.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

A student in New York uses Google Docs on her classroom iPad to discuss themes in the class’s latest book with her group. To buy Chromebooks, the most-purchased device on the ed tech market , school districts can check prices from Google, Acer, Samsung, HP and others. That’s all part of Google’s strategy to get into as many classrooms as possible.

Digital Equity: Who Is Responsible?

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However, most of our time, focus, and resources are concentrated on at-school connections -- a sensible strategy when the state of technology at school has been severely lacking (see CoSN's 2014 E-Rate and Infrastructure Survey ). Some cities are leveraging home broadband investments by Google Fiber and other telecommunications firms to ensure that all neighborhoods -- especially underserved populations -- benefit from these efforts.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Benjamin Herold: One of the biggest, almost invisible federal funding streams for schools and libraries is the E-rate program.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

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. Would 20 hours of one student logged into Google Classroom, or 20 students logged in for one hour, suffice?

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

Doug Levin

“I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions. Tagged on: March 17, 2017 Google's Family Link unlocks Android for kids | CNET → "We don't want kids thinking Google has built spyware.,"

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” Via The Guardian : “ Google faces new discrimination charge : paying female teachers less than men.” Via The New York Times : “How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “Why the FCC ’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl.” “The Saga of Ohio ’s Embattled E-School Is Coming to an End,” writes Education Week’s Ben Herold. Google has updated its pseudo-LMS, Classroom. Google blogs ; tech publications help market the news. More Google PR, this time from The Verge : “ Google is adding ARCore support to the Chromebook Tab 10 with Classroom updates.”