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

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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. When students at Woodman School, on the western edge of Montana, are working on research projects in class, they don’t have the option to start their search with Google. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said.

TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

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

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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. With enough transparency, districts can establish benchmarks for prices and identify seasonal trends that impact costs.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. The Corcoran superintendent, Rich Merlo, credits the off-campus broadband with fueling an ed-tech transformation that’s coincided with a drop in suspensions, fewer failed classes, better standardized test scores and higher graduation rates. “We

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

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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. Have you followed the trends as far as people trying to do STEM education, and how legislation going into that? And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate.

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 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. 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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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” The Google Memo. Via Motherboard : “ Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto Goes ‘Internally Viral’ ” Via Wired : “Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer’s Manifesto.” Jen Howard on “What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books ?”

The Politics of Education Technology

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One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” But when trying to write about ten “trends,” it’s evident: everything overlaps. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company. million in E-Rate rebates.). This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” Via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans ” – so enjoy that Google Certification, educators. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” ” That’d be Hugo Barra , a former Google exec.

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates. Via the EFF : “ Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Via the Google blog : “Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time.” ” The Verge covers the blog post : “ Google is equipping more rural school buses with Wi-Fi and Chromebooks.”

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