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). She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom.

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!). For many schools, incorporating technology is a journey that’s been years in the making—and there are still plenty of uncharted changes to come. In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent. So it should be with E-Rate.

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How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

Through his years of experience and working closely with EducationSuperHighway on the Digital Connections Initiative, his passion for technology has enabled him to impact public schools in Massachusetts by being proactive in getting high speed internet in all schools across the state. 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?

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. Bobby called it the K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP), and hired me because I am a former technology director with experience in instructional and information technology. But we wanted schools to think bigger than just E-rate.

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. CIPA also requires schools to monitor student online activity and provide training for responsible technology use. 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.

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

Edsurge

Among its recommendations, New America calls on policymakers to “expand the E-Rate Program so that libraries and schools can get discounts on the technology services that patrons and students need to get online from home.”

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. The last time [CIPA] was reviewed was 2011,” says Ed Snow, a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and director of technology for the School District of Milton in Milton, Wis. We have social media controls that let schools block, allow as read only , or allow social media sites.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Tell us about your journey from working in telecom, economic development, and now the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology in Nevada. Economic development includes expansion, growth, and investment, to include technology development and advancement while telecommunications directly involves the expansion, growth, and investment of this technology development and advancement. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap.

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

Digital Promise

On top of that, knowing we’ve got an equity gap that exists in our district and that about 1,200 of our kids don’t even have access [to technology and the internet] was a tough pill to swallow. The emphasis has to be on the social-emotional welfare of our kids.

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

CUE

to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. 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. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

District leaders have a lot on their plate, but it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology is supporting a school district’s learning goals. Everyone knows that technology used simply because it is technology won’t yield success. These districts are taking new and innovative approaches to how technology can advance learning goals, improve instruction, and make students feel safe and secure.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

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

EdTech Magazine

In a small school district, an IT leader is more than just the steward of technologies. “ I wear a bunch of different hats and have several jobs throughout the day , many of which aren’t even IT-related,” said Maureen Chertow Miller, technology director for Winnetka (Ill.) Miller joined Nancy Battaglia, the technology director for Skokie (Ill.) Budget constraints and other issues often force IT leaders to think “No” when a technology request is first made.

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

CUE

to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. 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. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Commissioners Ajit Pai, and Mignon Clyburn sent representatives who shared their support of E-rate and Lifeline.

7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

eSchool News

In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, instructional technology manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum. Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines.

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 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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. 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.

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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, Instructional Technology Manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum. Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines.

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

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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. 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.

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

The Innovative Educator

It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. 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.

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."

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto.” 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? 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.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Remind me again, all you fans of VR in education, how this technology is going to promote empathy? Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” ” “ State educational technology directors have outlined ambitious targets for increasing school bandwidth capacity in an effort to support digital learning and bridge the technology divide that exists in schools and in students’ homes,” says Education Week.

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. Via GeekWire : “ Amazon Education GM leaves; company says it ‘remains committed’ to K–12 technology.” “When Social Media Assignments Increase Risks for Vulnerable Students” by Monica Bulger and Jade E. 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.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering some students the option to be awarded tamper-free digital degree certificates when they graduate, in partnership with Learning Machine. Two different opinions on WIkipedia : “How Social Media Endangers Knowledge” by Hossein Derakhshan in Wired.

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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” “Online Education Pioneer Boots Up a Jobs Program for the Tech Industry,” the MIT Technology Review reports. ” “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. Campus Technology reports that “ Elsevier Debuts Metrics Tracking Journal Performance.”

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

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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.”

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