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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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

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.

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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.”.

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. 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.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

A tablet without an internet connection is similarly useful. In rural Alabama, Piedmont City School District helped provide students with internet access by installing a town wireless network in 2011 using a federal E-rate grant.

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.

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.

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.

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

EdTech Magazine

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.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

senators introduced a bill , currently under committee review, to reimburse school districts who incorporate Wi-Fi access on school buses through the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program. Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap? eli.zimmerman_9856.

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.

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 ].

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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. “

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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). WHO IS IN THE MONEY?

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.

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. A 2013 E-rate and broadband survey of 469 school district technology leaders from 44 states by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) was discouraging.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

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.

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.”