Infrastructure

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  • Veronica Esquivel, 10, finishes her homework after her virtual school hours while her brother Isias Esquivel sits in front of the computer, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at their residence in Chicago's predominantly Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood.
    Veronica Esquivel, 10, finishes her homework after her virtual school hours while her brother Isias Esquivel sits in front of the computer, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at their residence in Chicago's predominantly Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood.
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    Infrastructure 'Big Burden' for Schools Trying to Give Kids Internet Access
    A year into the pandemic, millions of students remain without internet because of financial hurdles and logistical difficulties.
    The Associated Press, March 15, 2021
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    This "heat map" generated by GIS technology uses progressively darker colors to illustrate the areas of Palm Beach County with the highest concentrations of families who lack home internet access.
    This "heat map" generated by GIS technology uses progressively darker colors to illustrate the areas of Palm Beach County with the highest concentrations of families who lack home internet access.
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    Infrastructure Q&A How to Expand Home Internet Connectivity for K-12 Students Over the Long Haul
    One Florida district is mapping its region and prioritizing communities with the greatest economic needs for home internet access.
    Mark Lieberman, March 10, 2021
    6 min read
    A team of people build a path across the digital divide.
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    Infrastructure The Big Pandemic Tech Challenge: Reliable, High-Quality Internet Experiences for All
    Simply providing a student with a device and internet connection at home isn’t enough to ensure high-quality online learning.
    Mark Lieberman, March 10, 2021
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    Infrastructure Half of Districts Lack Connectivity Needed for Widespread Videoconferencing, Device Usage
    Two-thirds of America's public school students attend schools that may not provide enough bandwidth for life after COVID-19.
    Benjamin Herold, November 30, 2020
    3 min read
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    Infrastructure Internet Access Is a Civil Rights Issue
    In the world’s wealthiest country, why is broadband access denied to so many and in such high numbers? Mark Lieberman investigates.
    Mark Lieberman, September 23, 2020
    7 min read
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    Protect Your Students and Faculty With Proper Indoor Air Hygiene
    Kris Howard, President of Madison Indoor Air Hygiene, provides the steps you can take in protecting students and faculty from virus spread.
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    Infrastructure Schools Handed Out Millions of Digital Devices Under COVID-19. Now, Thousands Are Missing
    Some districts are scrambling to account for thousands of devices—a task made more urgent by the uncertainty over when students will be able to return to school buildings full-time.
    Benjamin Herold, July 23, 2020
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    Sam Urban Wittrock, a history teacher at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, shows an example of one of the many WiFi hotspot devices his school district is giving to students. Schools nationwide are gearing up to do a better job this academic year making sure digital devices and WiFi access are available to all students.
    Sam Urban Wittrock, a history teacher at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, shows an example of one of the many WiFi hotspot devices his school district is giving to students. Schools nationwide are gearing up to do a better job this academic year making sure digital devices and WiFi access are available to all students.
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    Infrastructure How to Address Big Tech Equity Challenges
    School districts are facing huge tech equity issues this school year, especially if schools return to full-time remote learning. Here’s how they are addressing those challenges.
    Christina A. Samuels, July 22, 2020
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    Infrastructure Should Schools Pay for Teachers' Internet Access?
    A nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey found that just 1 percent of teachers said their school or district was paying for their high-speed, wireless internet at home.
    Madeline Will, May 4, 2020
    5 min read
    Infrastructure Spotlight Spotlight on Tech Challenges Facing Schools
    In this Spotlight, learn about the importance of effective cybersecurity in schools and more.
    March 1, 2020
    Infrastructure Ringing Endorsement
    It's hard to forget the panicky voices of the students and teachers trapped inside Columbine High School.
    Mary Ann Zehr, February 4, 2020
    3 min read
    Infrastructure Rural Broadband Gets Big New Aid
    Rural communities with low internet connection could soon see upgrades thanks to a new Department of Agriculture grant program.
    Alyson Klein, April 30, 2019
    1 min read
    Infrastructure Tide of Comments to FCC Favored Net Neutrality, Analysis Finds
    A report by a Stanford researcher concludes that the overwhelming majority of public comments submitted to the FCC last year opposed a policy to dismantle Obama-era protections on "net neutrality." The report focused on comments that were not automatically generated "bots."
    Sean Cavanagh, October 30, 2018
    4 min read
    Infrastructure Schools See 'Incredible Progress' on Internet Connectivity, Report Says
    More than 44 million students now learn in classrooms with high-speed Internet, up from just 4 million five years ago, according to EducationSuperHighway.
    Benjamin Herold, October 2, 2018
    Infrastructure What Is a CMS
    EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit group that promotes the use of information technology in education, provided a definition of course-management systems in a paper on the topic prepared in 2003 by the group’s Emerging Technologies Committee. “At its simplest, a course-management system is a tool that allows an instructor to post information on the Web without that instructor having to know or understand HTML or other computer languages. A more complete definition of a CMS is that it provides an instructor with a set of tools and a framework that allows the relatively easy creation of online course content and the subsequent teaching and management of that course, including various interactions with students taking the course.”The Teacher Education Center at Illinois State University notes that most online course-management systems include:
    June 19, 2018
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