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Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools' infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). CoSN's second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity. In all, 60 percent of surveyed districts said funding is their biggest challenge when it comes to meeting the Federal Communication Commission's short-term goal of 100 Mbps/1,000 students. Twenty-seven percent of districts said not a single school in their district could...

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LAUSD plagued by student information system problems

With a few taps on a computer keyboard, a student's entire school history from kindergarten to high school graduation was supposed to show up on the screen. That…

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HP hopes its breakup will benefit schools

Innovations in mobile computing, 3D printing, and cloud services are what HP hopes to deliver to schools and other customers as a result of its decision this week…

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End of support for Windows Server 2003 to affect schools

Microsoft’s decision to end support for its Windows Server 2003 edition next July means the clock is ticking for schools that continue to use this older server platform,…

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Survey finds gender gaps in school IT leadership

While women who occupy leadership positions in school technology are better educated and have more experience, on average, than their male colleagues, men in the school IT field…

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Wi-Fi in schools: Security vs. accessibility

The very benefit of Wi-Fi in schools—easy, open access—is also the biggest threat. Is the FCC helping school administrators understand the risks, or simply doling out cash without…

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10 ways to pursue digital equity with collaborative leadership

Despite all of the impact of technology in our schools, there is an unfortunate reality: not all students have the same access to digital technologies – especially at…

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5 key steps to safeguarding student data

As uses of student data continue to expand, districts must be prepared to protect this information and ensure it's only used for its indented purpose: to help students…

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Broadband pilots could serve as models for other states

Arkansas and Virginia have teamed up with the San Francisco-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to design a cost-effective plan for meeting President Obama’s goal of ensuring broadband access for every…

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Get ready: iOS 8 is almost here

Apple’s new iOS 8 release has big potential for education, but school networks must be prepared, experts say But as most school IT leaders will agree, iOS 7…

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Top ed-tech stories to watch: Online testing looms

Next spring, new state exams tied to the Common Core standards in reading and math will be given for the first time in more than 40 states—and there…

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Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Strategies for One-to-One Computing Success

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A growing number of school leaders have recognized the benefits of making sure every student has access to a digital learning device, both in the classroom and at…

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…