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. Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus.

Educators Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!

Kleinspiration

We need your help to convince them to vote "YES" in order to expand E-rate so that our students can benefit from the access they need in our schools. Educators across the nation are creating 15 second videos to share via social media expressing the need for #Internet4Schools. Internet4Schools access for schools Alliance for Excellent Education e rate E-rate FCC Internet for Schools Wi-fi schools

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Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). 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. By Kathleen Costanza.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

Securly

Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. Most students find web filtering to be unnecessarily inhibitive, citing that it blocks perfectly acceptable web pages due to one keyword or denies access to social media pages. Some schools leave social media open, some schools restrict access, etc.

How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

In 2016, EducationSuperHighway worked with the Virginia Department Of Education (VDOE) to hire an E-rate and school technology specialist. One of the first things I did for KLIP was establish goals: get fiber to schools that need it, ensure all schools have reliable Wi-Fi, and rebuild the state E-rate program. But we wanted schools to think bigger than just E-rate.

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. School districts now must contend with an i ncreasingly mobile device-focused student body , a plethora of social media and other web apps , stealth attacks over encrypted traffic, as well as cloud-based SaaS applications,” notes Brian Patch of SonicWall.

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. . Digital transformation in schools is already happening at a rapid rate, and there seems to be no sign of slowing down. Members of the online community maintain multiple versions of themselves through social media sites, online profiles and other means.

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Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

Without access to the internet, students also miss out on meaningful interactions with teachers and peers that are critical for social, emotional, and mental well-being. Crosthwaite said, “We have our social workers and counselors responding to answer those calls. Michael Nagler, superintendent of the technology-forward Mineola Union Free School District in New York, believes schools should prioritize students’ social and emotional needs now while looking ahead to the fall.

Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

billion increase in E-rate funding over the last 18 months. are stepping up digital citizenship and vigilance to combat social media bullying. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week. Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

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9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens was expanded and I became aware additional organizations, as well as their supporting tools and resources. From Connectivity and e-Rate to Open Education Resources, SETDA provides a variety of papers, tools, and resources to support state and district leaders in their digital transition.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline. Additionally, today’s student needs to be prepared for citizenship in a society with changing rules as they participate in a world of interactive digital and social media.

CoSN 2018: 10 Tips for Running IT in a Small School District

EdTech Magazine

They also create a monthly flyer for the community and hold quarterly meetings with parents where they talk about technical issues such as social media, data privacy and innovations. Small districts also can resell equipment, take advantage of E-rate funds and evaluate systems yearly for redundancies or other unnecessary spending. CoSN 2018: 10 Tips for Running IT in a Small School District. juliet.vanwage…. Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:49.

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A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

We closed that gap by contracting with a team of E-rate experts from E-rate Central and a network design engineer from Mighty River. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap. Stay tuned for the next installment in our Broadband Leaders series, and feel free to connect with us on social media to celebrate K-12 connectivity leaders in your state.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

What led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access, and what motivates you most about your role as Director of Instructional Policy and State E-rate Coordinator at DESE? And since a primary goal of education is preparing kids for meaningful and productive participation in civic, economic, and social life in the world awaiting them after high school, the effective use of technology ought to be an indispensable aspect of that preparation.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline. Additionally, today’s student needs to be prepared for citizenship in a society with changing rules as they participate in a world of interactive digital and social media.

7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

eSchool News

Life Schools Charter School’s digital citizenship initiative began when they started to notice that many students were posting on social media about their location and other personal details. Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? To begin with, creativity, flexibility and strong goals are a must.

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

Doug Levin

Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. Tagged on: April 20, 2017 FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved | Education Week → New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is not happy with the way USAC is running the E-rate program.

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

Doug Levin

Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. Tagged on: April 20, 2017 FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved | Education Week → New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is not happy with the way USAC is running the E-rate program.

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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

Life Schools Charter School’s digital citizenship initiative began when they started to notice that many students were posting on social media about their location and other personal details. Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.

The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

The Innovative Educator

2) The filtering divide Schools that service children living in poverty receive e-rate funding which requires schools to filter the internet. When we block social networks, can we be surprised when students don’t use them responsibly? Instead we could be teaching students to use social media to develop a powerful learning network , a positive digital image, improve writing , or develop literacy. It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Its purpose is to raise awareness of how overly restrictive Internet filtering can impede student learning by blocking access to legitimate educational websites and participatory learning tools (including social media). 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).”

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 17, 2017 Meet the West Virginia teen taught himself how to build a rapping AI using Kanye West lyrics | Quartz Media → To upend the perceived shortage of talent, tech companies have begun to evangelize for open-source AI code, or software that’s free to use, modify, and improve upon. Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” The Atlantic on Logan Paul : “The Social-Media Star and the Suicide.” ” Via The 74 : “How One Program Is Closing the College Persistence Gap for Needy Students With Financial Aid, Social Supports, and a Powerful Data Tracker.” (National) Education Politics.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media. ” Via The Tennessean : “ Belmont University ousted a student Tuesday after he made a social media post using the N-word to describe black NFL football players, who he said needed a ‘bullet in their head.’” The social-collaboration-software-for-schools startup has previously raised $1 million.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. “When Social Media Assignments Increase Risks for Vulnerable Students” by Monica Bulger and Jade E. “New study raises concerns about impact of automated social media advocacy on education coverage,” says Alexander Russo. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” The website: Victory Media. Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Two different opinions on WIkipedia : “How Social Media Endangers Knowledge” by Hossein Derakhshan in Wired. (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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.”

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Facebook is, although Mark Zuckerberg denies it , a media company. And like democracy, technology changes the social and individual relationships between us. ” Eschewing “traditional” media advertising buys, the Trump campaign invested in Facebook ads and raised money through the site as well. million in E-Rate rebates.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” ” “A Gadsden City Schools principal has been suspended after coming under fire for a social media post he made following Trump ’s election,” the AP reports. The Trump Administration. Inside Higher Ed asks what might happen to Title IX and investigations into campus sexual assaults under the Trump Administration.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. ” “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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The State Department is proposing to ask additional questions of visa applicants regarding their social media usage.” “Why is the media – including the liberal media – supporting these teachers’ strikes ?”

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