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.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent. Although there are many other factors that could have improved that graduation rate, the engagement that technology can foster—if done well—likely had an impact. So it should be with E-Rate.

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The cost of not investing rural high speed Internet: Why one school upgraded to fiber

Education Superhighway

The school district couldn’t cover the cost of non-recurring construction to build fiber to their most rural school with just E-rate. Jim worked with his E-rate consultant at VST Services to release a Form 470 and RFP for lit fiber. Their Internet bill decreased (slightly), and the combination of E-rate and state matching funds covered 100% of the construction costs.

eSchool News launches Digital & Mobile Learning Guide

eSchool News

We highlight examples of how real educators built their mobile learning must-have lists, and we’ve included a story highlighting the various ways that the federal E-rate program is essential in helping school IT leaders create robust and capable school infrastructure to support the highest quality digital learning initiatives. P.S. – if you missed our inaugural guide, the eSchool News Robotics Guide , you can find it here.

Increasing digital equity in rural areas

Education Superhighway

They created a community survey to obtain the necessary financial information to receive an E-rate discount and released a Form 470 and RFP requesting increased bandwidth. It also means the school can finally open its robotics lab this coming year.

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

The Hechinger Report

A $500 round-trip flight to Anchorage or Fairbanks for teacher training, or a robotics tournament, or a college visit, is a hard sell for districts struggling with the impact of a statewide recession. As much as 90 percent of the cost for school internet access is covered by federal E-rate funds, but because everything costs more in rural areas, northwest Alaska districts still must stretch their budgets to cover the remaining 10 percent, according to officials.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robots will replace teachers by 2027 ,” Futurism predicts.

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Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. You know it’s amazing news when The Guardian publishes it one minute after midnight in the new year: “ Toby Young to help lead government’s new universities regulator.” ” Happy New Year, England ! And congrats on being first off the blocks to f**k up education in 2018!

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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. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “What if Your Favorite Teacher was a Robot?” Via Techcrunch : “ Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams.”

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Imagine how great universities could be without all those human teachers ,” says Quartz , lauding the fantasy that robots will replace teachers. ” Via Campus Technology : “BYU Researchers Aim to Stop Robots from Eating Tables with Wikipedia.” ” Edsurge writes up the latest report from EducationSuperhighway on e-rate connectivity at public schools. (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” “Call for Diversity in Ed Tech Design” by Jade E. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “Teachers Are Finding Innovative Ways to Use Robots in Class,” claims Education Week. (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week.” ” The irony. “The U.S.

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“A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers and other devices that log myriad biological activities.” On the horizon: makerspaces, online learning, robotics, VR, artificial intelligence, and wearables. Education Politics.

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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. The AP interviews US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos , who laments “she didn’t decry racism enough.” ” Via Politico : “New marching orders from Betsy DeVos’ civil rights chief have the Education Department churning through civil rights complaints.

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Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.” Also via Education Week : “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program ’s Success.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “How Robots Will Save Liberal Education.”

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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. ” New Nanodegrees from Udacity : Digital Marketing and Robotics. “When Social Media Assignments Increase Risks for Vulnerable Students” by Monica Bulger and Jade E. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Robots hate the Common Core. Education Politics.

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” “ 2016 E-Rate Trends.” Many academics are fooled by robot-written peer reviews , Inside Higher Ed reports. Presidential Campaign Politics. Via Politico : “ Donald Trump has put wealthy universities on alert. He warned colleges and universities Thursday night that those schools that don’t spend their endowments to directly benefit students could lose the tax break on their endowments.”

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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. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Online Ed Leaders Agree Top 2 Indicators of Program Quality Are Student Success Rates, Student Evaluations.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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