Telecommunications


FCC Broadband Plan Pushes Ambitious Agenda for U.S. Education

After almost a year of development that included holding 36 public workshops in person and online and reading through 23,000 public comments, the Federal Communications Commission has released its national broadband plan with a formal report to Congress. Calling high-speed Internet access "indispensable for the 21st century, the foundation for our economy, the foundation for our democracy in the digital age," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski declared the plan "ambitious but achievable."

Washington Schools Get Free Taste of Notification Services

An agency in Washington will be offering free emergency notification services until the end of June 2010 to school districts in the state that use the organization's data system.

Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program

High school students in a rural Texas district have started using videoconferencing to learn and teach as they reach out to the rest of the country using technology-based resources they've created themselves.

Blackboard Connect Expands Parent Notifications

Blackboard has just added a new feature to its Blackboard Connect notification service that allows teachers to send messages to parents one on one.

New Jersey District Overhauls Network To Boost Access to Learning Tools

Denville School District of Denville, NJ, is looking to boost its network capabilities and expand access to technology in its classrooms by overhauling its telecommunications infrastructure.

New Jersey District Overhauls Network To Boost Access to Learning Tools

Denville School District of Denville, NJ, is looking to boost its network capabilities and expand access to technology in its classrooms by overhauling its telecommunications infrastructure.

Swiftreach Enters K-12 Alert Fray

The K-12 emergency notification industry has a new entrant that has traditionally sold into the municipal public safety market. Swiftreach recently launched SwiftK12, a version of its alerting service designed specifically for K-12. The system can send automated phone messages, text, e-mail, and pager alerts.

'E-Rate 2.0' Would Expand Broadband Access, Fund E-Book Pilot

The federal E-Rate program could be in for some major changes as it heads toward "version 2.0." A bill introduced in the House Tuesday, known as the E-Rate 2.0 Act of 2010, would amend the school technology program by adding a $2.5 billion residential broadband voucher pilot program for students; a $200 million e-book pilot program; and refinements to program administration designed to ease the application process.

Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education

Expectations run high for Apple's new mobile device, the iPad, which made its formal debut Wednesday. And much of the anticipation is centered around education, both in terms of its usefulness as a computing platform and its potential to usurp the traditional textbook model.

UK Company Releases School Notification Service

UK-based Call-Systems Technology has launched a new Web service to notify parents and guardians in the event of a school emergency.

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