E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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

EdTech Magazine

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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Creating an Entrepreneur’s Mindset through a Personalized Learning Approach

Education Elements

The new E-Rate program will certainly move us in that direction, and the new Every Student Success Act (ESSA) should provide guidance and accountability. Personalized Learning Students EntrepreneurshipIt seems like everyone’s priority in education is to become a 1:1 district with ubiquitous access to technology and internet connectivity both at school and home.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. While there are many types of personalized learning, one factor needed for all models is the ability for students to connect to a high-speed Internet connection from virtually anywhere while at school. “Wherever a student could be learning, that’s where we have access points,” said Superintendent Jeff Dillon.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools


Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? In rural districts, children and youth face profound obstacles—geographic isolation and long bus rides to school, frustratingly slow internet connections, limited course options, and low college-going rates. Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes?

Personalized learning, broadband equity in rural areas fraught with hurdles

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® At the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2017 Leadership Summit, a number of E-rate coordinators and technology directors agreed that rural schools are falling behind their more urban and suburban counterparts in providing broadband access and personalized learning to K-12 students. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure high-speed broadband Internet access personalized learning

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016


Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015


Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

Obama Budget Would Restore Ed-Tech Money Flow to K-12 Districts

Marketplace K-12

States and school districts would see new money for teacher-training, "personalized learning," and other efforts under a $200 million budget proposal from President Obama. Digital Conversion District Budgets E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning 2016budget

SETDA in the News: January 2015 Round Up


Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate ED Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Personalized Learning Policy January 2015 brought lots of renewed energy and excitement to SETDA. At the beginning of the month, the Board of Director’s announced a new. read more.

OPINION: How targeted federal action could finally chip away at the broadband racism faced by Black students

The Hechinger Report

Even after service providers launched discounts for broadband services during the pandemic — often targeting online learning — Black Americans across the South saw little change in their access to broadband services.

Why #Internet4Schools Matters

Tom Murray

Personalized learning. All of these, when combined with high-quality instructional practice, can systemically change a classroom learning environment. Although the topic of E-Rate has come to the forefront in recent months, in the not-too-distant future the program will turn 20 years old. One-to-one implementation. Bring your own device initiatives.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, to learn that Woodman is part of the 6 percent of public school districts that still don’t meet federal connectivity benchmarks. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said. Future of Learning.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We can extend the learning day.

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

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out where K–12 schools can turn to secure funding for personalized learning programs. 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. K–12 Leaders Get Creative to Make the Case for Network Upgrades. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:02.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals. Perhaps the single most significant development in ensuring access was the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) modernization of the E-rate program.

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How Digital Learning Has Changed the Game for 3 School Districts

Education Superhighway

In the past few years, concerted efforts like E-rate modernization and various statewide initiatives have helped bring digital learning opportunities to students across the nation. Let’s look at three examples of how digital learning is changing the face of today’s classroom learning. Digital learning has transformed the classroom experience for teachers and students at Dysart Unified School District through their personalized learning initiative.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

As K–12 schools continue their E-rate processes for 2019, districts should be considering what tools are worth investing in to provide their students with the best outcomes in the coming year. . Analysts expect machine learning to play an important role in 2019, offering support for tasks that may require more time, energy and training than teachers and administrators have at their disposal. What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?


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.

Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

What’s up with E-Rate: This happened in Washington, but was worriedly discussed in Austin, as well. Schools and libraries across the country have been on edge ever since the new Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission shelved a staff report that outlined the success of the expansion of E-rate, a multibillion-dollar program that pays for school internet connections to help teachers use modern tools in the classroom.



What does a Trump presidency mean for the future of E-Rate, ESSA, personalized learning, credentialing, appropriate tweeting, and more? Techlearning Resources

How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Will schools continue to accelerate the pace of blended learning – which incorporates technology into classes along with in-person instruction? Will states enable schools to pursue personalized learning strategies, which make use of technology to create custom-fit lessons for students? To name one important example, E-Rate is a federal program that provides money for school internet connections.

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. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. “The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R.

3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative

EdTech Magazine

After deliberation, they determined their goal was to shift to smaller, more personalized learning. . Other organizations, such as the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association , are collaborating to provide districts with guides to determine what strategies work best for them. 3 Ways to Achieve a Successful School Improvement Initiative. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:27.

Penn State Holds Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Leadership Lounge

Penn State holds symposium for teaching and learning with technology. The symposium is woven into the teaching and learning fabric of the University, and works to offer new ideas and inspiration to Penn State faculty," said Kyle Bowen, director of Education Technology Services in Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). It’s not a fight over what students learn but over the technology that teachers use.

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

Education Superhighway

million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. billion in E-rate funds set to expire in 2019. With the increasing adoption of technology to improve teaching and learning, 100 kbps per student of Internet access is no longer sufficient for 21st-century learning.

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. 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. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). It offers a more experiential learning experience.

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). It offers a more experiential learning experience.

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States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. It was the 100-percent response rate from the survey. “We We knew most districts and schools would respond, but a 100-percent response rate shows that technology is a high priority for education leaders throughout the state,” he said. In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

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


Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. But it's great to be able to do that because I've been covering online charters in various capacities going back almost six years and, from the beginning, kind of had the sense of, “We know that there's data out there that would show how often students are actually engaging in the schools and taking part in the learning.”

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning | Philly.com → Garnet Valley is a district in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web. 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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” ISTE has hired Joseph South as its Chief Learning Officer. Via the Coursera blog : “What’s Next in Employee Learning: Virtual Reality.” Larry Cuban on personalized learning : part 1 and part 2.