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Federal E-Rate Program Dramatically Expands High-Speed Internet Access for Schools

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

In 2013, only 4 million students had access to broadband that provided internet fast enough to allow for digital learning in the classroom. Now, four years later, that number has catapulted to 39.2 million, thanks to the modernization of a federal program and a broad bipartisan coalition of federal and state lawmakers and policymakers dedicated to the cause.

2017 State of the States Report

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

More than 39 million students in America now have access to high-speed Internet at school, a 5.1 million student increase over last year.

Can Public Schools Close the Digital Divide?

Location:
USA, United States

As students across the country head back to school this week, you might imagine their school leaders consumed by last-minute hiring decisions, meetings with principals and other school leaders, and ongoing management of the district’s finances and facilities. But for Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, there’s another topic weighing on her mind: the district’s broadband infrastructure—or the network of equipment and technologies needed to provide high-speed internet service to Albemarle’s classrooms.

Lack of broadband hurts higher education in rural areas

Location:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32603, United States

The lack of high-speed internet services in many rural areas is one of the challenges hindering Florida’s efforts to increase college degrees and spur economic development, a new report shows.

CoSN to Improve Student Success Through New Technology Collaboration

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), the national professional association of school system technology leaders, announced a new collaboration with Team4Tech, a nonprofit based in Redwood City (CA) to create resources for rural school districts in the United States.

Don’t Make Applying for E-rate Fiber Even Harder

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Applying for E-rate funding is not simple, especially for applicants seeking fiber-based services. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of dark vs. lit fiber, self-provisioning, and special construction, and that’s just the beginning. The vast majority of schools and libraries have to hire consultants to guide them through the labyrinth of E-rate rules and procedures. So the last thing we should want is to make the E-rate application even more difficult.

Program for rural internet in schools, libraries in jeopardy

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The federal E-rate program plays a critical role in allowing Kansas kids to harness the power of technology in schools and libraries.

As the Digital Divide Grows, An Untapped Solution Languishes

Location:
USA, United States

Too many students still scrounge for the vital internet access their classmates (and technology-enamored school reformers) take for granted. Dozens of interviews—along with reviews of tax disclosures, Federal Communications Commission filings, and court records related to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS)—show that this educational spectrum is, at least, woefully underutilized.

New E-Rate Policy Helps school Bridge the 'Homework Gap'

Location:
USA, United States

Thanks to a 2016 change in Federal Communications Commission policy, a small school district in central Virginia may have found a way to the bridge the “homework gap.”

School-to-Home report: Understanding Why 24/7 Access to Broadband is Essential to Student Learning

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

Students increasingly must gain 21st century technology skills to succeed in life after high school. Despite the technological shift driven by rapid innovations, approximately 5 million US households with school-age children still do not have access to high-speed Internet at home. The paper gives school leaders guidance to improve digital access in their communities.

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

Location:
USA, United States

Over the past decade, the "digital divide" in America's public schools has shifted. Classrooms in nearly every corner of the country have been flooded with devices and software. High-speed internet connectivity has expanded dramatically. Undoubtedly, there are still big disparities in the technologies available to the haves and the have-nots. But in places like Pittsburgh's southwestern suburbs, where some local school districts are engaged in a kind of ed-tech arms race, just offering kids the latest-model laptop isn't enough.

What Will Trump's FCC Mean for America's Schools?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

A change in leadership at the Federal Communications Commission has led to rising uncertainty about the future of efforts to boost broadband access, preserve an open internet, and protect online privacy—all issues affecting the K-12 sector.

Measuring Broadband In Schools

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

In schools across the United States, IT departments are routinely tasked with supporting teachers as they move toward more technology-centric instructional environments. It ...

Education Groups Urge Leaders to Advance Digital Equity

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education issued two complementary resources for school leaders to advance digital equity and increase broadband connectivity to students nationwide. Advancing Digital Equity and Closing the Homework Gap details the current state of broadband access, its adoption, and its barriers in US communities. The second brief, Advancing Digital Equity: An Update on the FCC’s Lifeline Program, recaps efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program, explains how these changes are at risk, and puts forth ways school leaders can stand up for the program and its positive impact on learning.

How Do Teens With Limited Internet Apply to College?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

But between getting into college and figuring out how to pay for it, a strictly online application process can become an additional challenge for teens who have limited financial means and minimal access to the internet.

SHLB Expresses Concern With USAC Request for Information on Special Construction Costs for Fiber Installation

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition filed a letter on April 27, 2017 to express concern with the recent set of inquiries sent by Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to over 100 E-rate applicants seeking support for special construction costs for fiber installation.

Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

Technology providers are spying on students—and school districts, which often provide inadequate privacy policies or no privacy policy at all, are unwittingly helping them do it.

2017 IT Leadership Survey

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings CoSN revealed today from its 2017 IT Leadership Survey.

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The FCC Should Preserve Broadband Access for All Schools

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler discusses the E-rate program, and poses four questions for the current FCC to consider as it works to preserve broadband access for all schools. This article originally appeared on the blog of the Aspen Institute, where Wheeler serves as a senior fellow in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.

The FCC Should Preserve Broadband Access for All Schools

Location:
Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC, 20036-1133, United States
Recommendation:
3

Until we see otherwise, we should take the Trump Federal Communications Commission at its word that it’s serious about improving the E-Rate program rather than cutting the number three federal aid to education program (like the Trump budget proposes for number one and number two). But those who propose changes must do what any 10th grader would do: their math homework. So, for this homework assignment, let’s ask four questions.

Education’s Top Chief Technology Officers Look Ahead

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amidst a sea of suits, Melissa Dodd, Chief Technology Officer of San Francisco Unified School District, became the second woman named as the top CTO of the year by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Most provocative was Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who CoSN lauded for his public service.

Fake News, Media Literacy, and the Role of Our Nation’s Schools

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Fake news is simply the canary in the coal mine of a much larger systemic failure—the crumbling of an entire set of institutions in the face of seismic forces shaking our society. Our democracy itself is far shakier than most of us could ever have imagined. Teaching our students to read newspapers of record as part of teaching them to develop critical thinking skills is part of a long-term solution. But for the adults in the room, sending money and providing subscriptions will not substitute for sustained and immediate civic action on all our parts.

Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

Location:
Moncks Corner, SC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As more class assignments and homework migrate online, long bus rides have generally counted as lost time in preparing for the next school day. But Google said it hopes to help expand the use of Wi-Fi on school buses in rural areas around the country.

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First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

First the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers, a move that will weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide. Now it appears that the E-Rate program, which makes broadband services more affordable for America’s schools and libraries, is in the FCC majority’s crosshairs. And much like in the case of Lifeline, the majority is using procedural steps and administrative tools to weaken the E-Rate program.

MacArthur Foundation Names 8 Semifinalists in 100&Change Grant Competition

Location:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-5285, United States
Recommendation:
2

Eight bold solutions to critical social problems were named semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from MacArthur. The proposals include 1) providing libraries and learners free digital access to four million books, 2) educating children displaced by conflict and persecution, and 3) providing virtual access to specialist medical care for underserved US patients.

Fresh Start in Washington: Ed Tech, the New Administration and Congress

Feb 14 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

With a new President and Congress in Washington, what are the new education priorities and where does education technology fit? The webinar will review important changes to key policies, provide a primer on the new key players, and discuss upcoming new legislation that may impact your district.

Can Silicon Valley really hack education?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Technology is transforming the classroom, with personalised learning at the heart of the curriculum. Is this the future?

Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan

Location:
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202, United States
Recommendation:
3

A supplement to the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP) which builds on the principles described in each of the NETP’s five sections—learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure—and examines them in the context of higher education.

Is Trump Education Secretary Pick Betsy DeVos good or bad for edtech?

Location:
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202, United States
Recommendation:
3

School choice, support of teachers unions, and her record in Michigan have been the leading controversial talking points in education when it comes to Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. But with a background in technology investment, could DeVos be a leader in the support of successfully-implemented edtech?

OSTP Exit Memo: A Progress Report on America’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Enterprise

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

A look at the impact of the Obama Administration had reinvigorating the American scientific and technological enterprise, including to help build a more effective, efficient, and innovative government. This memo highlights 20 science and technology frontiers where future investment and cross-sector collaboration will drive American innovation in the decades ahead.

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