E-rate provides schools with the bandwidth they need to take advantage of mobile computing devices and to support digital-learning classrooms with online videos, cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, and online testing. Recently, the government attempted to streamline and simplify the application process with a new online application portal, but it remains a challenging process with stringent deadlines and rules.
School systems have now created many vulnerabilities in terms of student privacy when implementing educational technology in their courses. Though, students have to be protected. Is that possible? Let's take a closer look to some tools and tips you can use in order to minimize any threats through research and due diligence.
School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.
Nothing is sacred--or secure--when it comes to data. Breaches have become a fact of life as they indiscriminately target the digital services that we rely on, from Equifax to Target, Ebay to Yahoo. Schools increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs as well. More than 207 incidents have targeted K-12 public schools since January 2016, according to this tally from industry consultant Doug Levin.
The marker in the article -- the one that had investors seeing edtech as a new shiny object -- was the valuation of the edtech market at $250 billion. That’s enough money for anyone to pay attention. But it’s a gross overestimation. The edtech market does not even come close to this estimate.
Determine whether you need to pay a technology or distance learning fee as an online student. Whether you have decided to pursue an online degree for a new job or to advance in your current role, paying for your education can be a major hurdle.
Why should teachers integrate technology into their math instruction? What resources are readily available? How can technology be effectively implemented into the learning environment? These questions have been challenging math teachers for quite some time.
Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online. “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.” Financed by Verizon, the documentary digs into the funding inequities that contribute to the digital divide as well as efforts, both public and private, to close it. The film premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 26 on the National Geographic channel.
The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That's followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security.
Who is the biggest spender in the education technology market? That would be school districts, which the report says make up about 33.5 percent of education technology purchases. The districts are largely spending their funds on software, with expenditures estimated to reach $3.9 billion in 2017. The majority of the purchases were for learning management systems.