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). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program. What does blended learning look like?

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?

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Blended Learning Barriers Examined in New Education Week Report

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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

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.”. The Hatch Valley schools receive the FCC’s E-Rate initiative, which reimburses schools and libraries for expenses related to internet access.

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.

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.

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

Edsurge

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 Education Technology Diversity and Equity

K-12 Funding in the American Rescue Plan

MIND Research Institute

Unique to the provisions of the American Rescue Plan, local education agencies (LEAs) must reserve not less than 20% of the funds to address learning loss. E-Rate and Connectivity.

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. 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. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas.

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. In Arizona, the House Education Committee introduced HB2421 , a bill allowing for schools to create distance learning courses.

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

Edsurge

Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. Generally, the report finds a “meaningful shift” toward the use of online resources in libraries.

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.

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

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms.

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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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.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Having a reliable network that supports your learning goals must be balanced with the cost to build and maintain that network. Publicly available data has allowed thousands of school leaders to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts, ultimately helping them to negotiate with their vendor so that they can meet their technology goals.

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. Technology used to target UAE’s cheating students | The National → "We were saying technology helps students cheat, now, we’d say it’s helping them understand unethical behaviour better than ever." with an emphasis on the what of deeper learning."

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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. fund to boost technology for kids | Belgrade News → The idea behind the initiative is to set up every student in the district with their own computing device. " Hopefully, not shades of future conversations about learning analytics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” The school in question: Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). UC Berkeley says it will remove online course content in response to a Department of Justice assertion that the materials violate the ADA as they are not fully accessible to those with disabilities. Remind me: who’s keeping track of the b t associated with words like “open online education”?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.”

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.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’ ” “The History of the Future of E-rate ” by me. ” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.”