School Infrastructure

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

It’s the beginning of the end of the road for EducationSuperHighway.After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. classrooms, the nonprofit is preparing to shut down.

How to Tame the ‘Interoperability Beast’ and Reduce Your Data Integration Burden

Data integration baffles even the most edtech-savvy districts.Translating and sharing data between your student information system (SIS) and a multitude of tech applications is complex, costly and time-consuming. But with easy access to data comes visibility into students’ successes, struggles and—most importantly—their needs.

With Safety in Mind, Schools Turn to Facial Recognition Technology. But at What Cost?

In a quiet, residential neighborhood in Seattle, situated within the red-brick walls of a Catholic church, is a small, long-running pre-K-8 school called St. Therese Catholic Academy.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

A few years ago, cybersecurity threats were not on the radar of most school district leaders, much less top items in their budgets. But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments.That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders.

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3 Emerging Technologies that will Reshape Education in 2019

Education and cutting-edge technologies are core to the many programs at NYC Media Lab, where we lead university-corporate partnerships, communications and events. The goal is to merge engineering and design research happening at the city’s universities with resources and opportunities from the media and technology industry—to develop new prototypes, explore applied R&D projects, launch new companies and encourage the latest thinking.

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What Does it Mean to Build a School?

Last Friday I found myself sitting in a bright sunlit room in Washington D.C. On my left was the Superintendent of Schools from Newtown, Conn., and next to him, the new principal of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. On my right sat two high school students, survivors of the massacre at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School.I had been uncomfortable at this event before I sat down in that spot, but once I found myself at this epicenter of pain and loss I realized that I did have a purpose that day.

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Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

As America’s classrooms become increasingly connected, the nation inches ever closer to reaching a major milestone: 100 percent of schools with high-speed internet access, defined as at least 100 kbps (or 100 thousand bits per second) per student.But what was once the gold standard for high speed is now barely enough to keep pace with modern learning environments, according to Evan Marwell, CEO of the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, which released its annual State of the States report Tuesday.

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There Is No ‘I’ in Interoperability

Sure—the letter “I” is used three times to spell “interoperability.” But look beyond the word, as clunky and confusing as it may seem, and focus instead on its essence and the possibilities that are inherent in its definition.What is interoperability? Simply put, it is the ability for systems and applications to interact and exchange data. When put into context for educational technology, interoperability means that all of the digital content, tools, and resources used by teachers and students work well together. Consider this example:

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Does It Make More Sense to Invest in School Security or SEL?

School security is a constant challenge, but tragedies such as the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students in February bring the issue front and center. After the Parkland shooting, lawmakers from both parties saw the need for action.

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