What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rateTelecommunications giant Sprint unveiled plans this week to bring devices and wireless connectivity to 1 million impoverished high school students, in what it describes as an ambitious campaign to close the “homework gap.”.


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The History of the Future of E-rate

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Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech? A History of E-rate Legislation.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. Technology, and especially the internet and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, has become ubiquitous in our daily lives and affordable even to our public schools. Over the past two decades, the FCC through its E-Rate program has connected just about every U.S.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

Yet as this crisis has demonstrated, millions of children live in homes without reliable access to an internet-connected laptop or tablet that can be used for schoolwork. In addition, the E-Rate program can be reconfigured to provide funding for students to learn at home, not just in times of national emergency, but on an ongoing basis.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up


Connected Nation bases the analysis in its “Connect K-12 2020 Executive Summary” on FCC E-Rate application data for the 2020 federal fiscal year. The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. Early childhood” videos on YouTube nearly all have advertising.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. “If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says. Teachers were transforming their instruction. Students were excited about learning.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

The number of devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones your network is supporting. Here are three key funding sources that can help: The FCC’s federal E-rate program provides public schools and libraries with funding for Internet services. When a state provides funding for school broadband construction, the E-rate program can provide up to an additional 10% in funding to that school district.

How the latest ed-tech developments will impact teaching and learning

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. 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.

K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors

EdTech Magazine

As more schools put laptops and tablets in students’ hands, they’re also deploying new technologies that allow them to mitigate related risks. CIPA mandates that schools participating in the federal E-rate program have internet safety policies that include filtering and monitoring technologies. K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors. Andrew.Steger_zKQu. Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:12.

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

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With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

The “Maine” Connection: How a rural P-8 district connected students to new opportunities

Education Superhighway

The students at Maine Consolidated had tablets and laptops to access digital literacy programs like Study Island and Kahn Academy but–because of an unreliable Internet connection and extremely low bandwidth–couldn’t use them. Revised E-rate RFP Strategy. “If you envision a pine forest with 10 buildings in the middle of it, you can picture our school,” explained Maine Consolidated School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Mark Williams.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Sprint ’s 1Million Project Foundation provided both access and devices — free smartphones, tablets and hotspots, in addition to three gigabytes of high-speed LTE data per month — to students with an economic need in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Texas, California, and other areas as part of its initiative to provide the digital tools and connectivity nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged high school students across the country need to succeed in school.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

Already, K-12 schools are beginning to leverage the E-Rate for a digital transformation [read here and also here ]. And more schools are incorporating mobile tablets and smartphones into their curriculum [read about the staggering growth of Chromebook implementation here ]. A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education.

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

EdTech Magazine

Instead of replacing the computer lab, which was in the district’s plans, Battaglia spent the money to go one-to-one with tablets. 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. In a small school district, an IT leader is more than just the steward of technologies. “



According to the most recent figures from Funds for Learning, E-Rate applicants nationwide requested almost $748 million in discounts against the purchase of just over $1 billion in Category Two products and services, which are detailed in this chart (right). Or are there mobile laptop/tablet stations?) ? In other locales, it may be possible to negotiate very low rates for student wireless devices and services, which they could use both in and out of school.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Another example: phones are much more important than tablets for less affluent students, but CIOs see them as equally significant. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas. 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. Here is the full recording and my notes.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Students now interview authors across the country via Skype and access books that match their interests and reading levels on e-readers. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers. The increased E-rate funding is intended to address the most critical needs, such as high-capacity internet and wi-fi connectivity.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

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How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate? We are now working on an e-rate application to double it again. Of course chromebooks and iPads (or android tablets) are out there. My first job in education was at a small rural high school district. I was their first full time “IT Guy” And when I say full time, I’m stretching a bit, as I was actually farmed out to one of the feeder elementary schools for 2 days a week.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 17, 2017 E-learning day a breeze for tech-savvy students | Dubois County Herald → But for as helpful as the eLearning days can be, Hubster said they probably won’t grow too much in number in the near future. " Tagged on: March 17, 2017 770 Apple iPad Air Coming To Cullman County Elementary Schools | Cullman Today → At $340,000, kindergarten, first & second-grade students get 'ultra-modern' tablets.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” But Do Tablet Programs Work? Some of the details of this spending: First, although we will no longer invest directly in new initiatives based on teacher evaluations and ratings , we will continue to gather data on the impact of these systems and encourage the use of these systems to improve instruction at the local level. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “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. Via The Star Online : “ Germany plans to invest an extra €5 billion over the next five years to equip more than 40,000 schools and colleges with faster internet, wireless access points and tablet computers, the Education Minister said.”