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School Districts Across America Have New Options to Connect Their Students for Remote and Hybrid Learning

In partnership with national non-profit EducationSuperHighway, NCTA, USTelecom, NTCA, and their member companies will launch programs that enable school districts to identify and connect students without broadband. The K-12 Bridge to Broadband initiative will enable more students to participate in remote or hybrid learning for the 2020-21 school year by identifying student needs, standardizing eligibility, […]

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Districts Need to Provide Home Internet Access for Remote Learning — Chicago Has the Answers

Just a few weeks after students returned to their mostly-virtual classrooms for the fall, many of the problems they faced in the Spring semester still exist. When COVID-19 forced school closures across the nation last spring, districts acted quickly in recognition that the home access gap could cause irreparable equity issues. Now, after a full […]

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From 7 Million Homes to 17 Million Children: Why Many Students Lack Internet Access

How to understand the different estimates of America’s unconnected students We continue to compare the estimates of unconnected students from four organizations: EducationSuperhighway (ESH) Funds For Learning (FFL) Common Sense Media (CSM) Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) Models vary in estimates because of differences in units, definitions, assumptions, methodology and data sources. Initially, we compared […]

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How States Can Leverage Purchasing Power to Support 1:1 Learning

One of the core principals of our education system is that decision-making authority, especially related to how funds should be spent, should be placed as close to the students as possible. That can often mean that many purchasing decisions are shifted from the school district to the individual school level. As a result, state departments […]

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NEWS

We Closed the Classroom Connectivity Gap. Now, It’s Time to Take on the K-12 Home Access Gap.

As we scramble to flatten the curve of COVID-19, our communities have been completely flipped upside down. Cities across the nation are sheltering in place, thousands have transitioned to working from home, and nearly 125,000 schools have closed their doors — meaning 55 million students have been tasked with quickly adapting to distance learning in the […]

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Tips to Secure Low-Cost Deals on Internet Access for Your Students

As schools rush to get K-12 students set up for remote learning during COVID-19 – including the over 9 million students who lack home Internet access – and likely beyond, they’ll need to plan effectively to secure low-cost deals on devices and services. Given the high level of demand and the strain on supply chains, […]

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COVID-19 and America’s Homework Gap

The coronavirus pandemic has forced school closures nationwide, sending 55 million students home to continue their education remotely. Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are finding this transition challenging, but none more so than the families without access to the Internet or devices at home.  The “homework gap” existed long before COVID-19, but the rapid […]

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At Home Without Devices: How a Lack of Technology is Impeding Student Learning During COVID-19

Rapidly shifting to remote learning has been difficult for everyone, but harder for some. As schools moved classrooms online, it became clear that those with existing 1:1 programs had smoother transitions.  The digital divide has school forced schools to ask two very different questions: “how will we?” versus “will we be able to?” “How will […]

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POLICY

Multiple Connectivity Solutions Needed to Get Your Students Online At Home

As coronavirus has forced closures for virtually all of the nation’s K-12 schools, the ability to connect to online education at home has become critical to maintaining a continuity of learning during the crisis. Furthermore, the CDC and FEMA have recommended that high-speed Internet access for every family with students enrolled in K-12 public schools […]

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Are Hotspots a Viable Solution to Keep Your Students Connected?

Hotspots have become a quick and popular option for addressing the home connectivity gap, but what about their impact as a long-term or universal solution?