How is the E-rate impacting learning?

eSchool News

In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago. While the focus on communication has remained, technology has changed radically throughout the past two decades.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance. E-rate provides $3.9 E-rate Category One funding is invaluable.

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Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors

Marketplace K-12

Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC, The post Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors appeared first on Market Brief.

It’s time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes

eSchool News

With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago.

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Why the New E-Rate Program is the Key to Your School's Wi-Fi Success


Mobile and wireless technology have redefined the educational environment. With planning and a little help from E-Rate. E-Rate School Wireless Network K-12 Education

Building the Right Infrastructure to Support Mobile Learning


The shift to personalized and inquiry-based learning not only engages students more effectively, it depends on efficient technology. First as consumers and then as educators, schools are committing to mobile technology as their preferred method of digital interaction.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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.”.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Before we start handing out devices, we want to make sure that all of students are on an even playing field; our board was very intent on this,” said Leeann Dooley, K-12 assistant principal and technology coordinator at the district.

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

EdTech Magazine

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

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How Congress and the FCC Could Help Millions of Students Access Remote Learning


With no guaranteed end in sight, we need Congress to take swift and decisive action to empower the federal E-rate funding program to support off-campus learning devices and connectivity, delivered via secure internet access. The technology exists and is available to bridge this gap.

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

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. To help ensure powerful learning opportunities for all are supported by technology, we must understand and work to close this gap.

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


Before putting its emergency instruction on hold, Northshore had already distributed 4,000 devices and around 600 mobile hotspots to families. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We Education Technology Diversity and EquityEmergency online teaching.

What the FCC Should Do Now to Support America and Our Learners


When Americans see crisis we mobilize. The FCC has rightly extended some deadlines for its E-Rate and rural healthcare programs, made certain the amount of rural health care funding available for the current funding year and relaxed its gift rules.

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

Bryan Alexander

We explored campus technology and faculty attitudes towards digital materials. Casey noted some long-term persistent trends, such as campus IT seeing technology as an underutilized aid for instruction, and not feeling satisfied about institutional promotion of technology for faculty.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?


But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments. That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders. Things like infrastructure, professional development and the actual purchase of technology equipment will continue to top the list on a technology budget, Krueger says.

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How to Get the Most (and More) From Your School Website

Gaggle Speaks

Attendees heard from Chris Skinner, Instructional Technology Specialist at El Campo ISD in Texas, who described the challenges, solution and results involved in re-launching one district and five school websites over a short summer recess.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools


We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states,” said Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana. “We We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].” They turned to E-rate, the $3.9

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices?

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Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Kajeet ’s ConnectEdNow campaign , announced in June, aims to make broadband access more affordable by providing students with portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices, a $200 mobile device subsidy and discounted data plans from Verizon , T-Mobile and other LTE providers.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

“What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district. “If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says.

Edtech in Rural Education


Integrating new technology into a classroom can be intimidating. Many teachers worry that they will need to spend hours learning how to use new technology before being able to successfully implement it in the classroom. The benefits of technology in rural schools are endless.

How the latest ed-tech developments will impact teaching and learning

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

How K–12 Schools Can Use Next-Generation Content Filtering to Keep Students Safe

EdTech Magazine

Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, tying E-rate program discounts to a school’s internet safety policy. SonicWall CFS compares requested websites against a massive database in the cloud containing millions of rated URLs, IP addresses and websites.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

Since education has been focusing more on adapting itself to its students, rather than students learning to adapt to its educators, there’s never been a better time to re-examine strategies ranging from classroom pedagogy to campus-wide technology initiatives.

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10 Questions That Must Be Answered When Going 1:1

The Mobile Native

What types of mobile learning initiatives have other school districts started? Image Credit: While planning a mobile initiative, start by looking at what has already been done. Many districts give up on mobile learning initiatives before they even gets started due to lack of funds. School districts can look into E-Rate funding, local and national grants, local company contributions and help from their PTO.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. Many times, the funding is not enough, and schools supplement from outside sources, including the E-Rate program.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead.

Executive Briefs


TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP STOP A SCHOOL SHOOTING As districts grapple with how best to protect students and staff in an age of lockdowns, many are looking to advanced communications systems and facial recognition software.

Montana Tech Director Uses Compare & Connect K-12 To Get More Bandwidth For District

Education Superhighway

Tom Hering, Director of Information Technology at Great Falls Public Schools in Montana, was in a bind. “We We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].”. We live in a very rural state and our fiber connectivity is not comparable to what you would have in some large populous states.



The new computers are one of the most noticeable changes among several technology updates taking place while school’s out for the summer. The proposed bond projects include $500,000 in improvements to elementary STEM facilities and $17 million for improvements to school technology.

Texas district upgrades fiber optic network

eSchool News

The network is funded in part by the E-Rate program and is designed in accordance with the Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND) Initiative through the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). New 100G high-capacity network will support 128,000 students and staff across Houston.

How to Address Digital Equity


Supported by the 2014 modernization of the federal government’s E-Rate program and state funding efforts, a majority of schools now meet the FCC’s short term connectivity goal of 100 Mbps/1000 students. Deploy Mobile Hotspot Programs 4.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee


In a nutshell, CIPA requires that schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding “block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).” BWAD access Banned Websites Awareness Day censorship filters technologyAASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day is coming up on September 30th. Many thanks to the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Committee for this important guest post.