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Electric School Buses to Add WiFi

Starting now, electric school buses from IC Bus, a subsidiary of Navistar, will be adding WiFi as a standard feature, in a new agreement with Kajeet, a company that produces devices for internet access in education.

9 Policy Priorities for Closing the Digital Divide

A nonprofit that promotes "open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections" has issued a roadmap for 2021, laying out what it will be pursuing in its mission of supplying internet access to an estimated 42 million unconnected people in the United States.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021

2020 packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the start of this new year brings an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to — in 2021. Here's what they told us.

K–12 Has Become the Most Targeted Segment for Ransomware

Malicious actors have disrupted remote learning by targeting school systems in their ransomware, malware and DDoS attacks.

Ransomware Hits Baltimore County Schools Thanksgiving Eve

Baltimore County Public School students returned to class, via remote instruction, while the district continued dealing with a ransomware attack that struck the day before Thanksgiving.

Microsoft, Open Data Institute Announce Broadband Data Challenge

Microsoft has co-launched the "Education Open Data Challenge," to establish the link between broadband access and K-12 learning outcomes.

Texas County Contracts to Build Private Wireless Network to Support Rural Students

A Texas county with an all-digital public library is taking on the job of developing a private wireless network to support its rural and economically poor students.

State of Utah Begins Work on Private LTE Network for Education, Healthcare

A network that connects Utah's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries and healthcare providers is forging ahead with plans to set up a private LTE network, to address the digital divide.

CatchOn Adds Student-Level Data to App Usage Monitoring

CatchOn, an education technology company that produces a data analytics utility for measuring usage of applications through the network for the purposes of tracking technology investments, has introduced a module to generate student-level data. The new tool helps educators monitor when and how each student uses online tools and resources on his or her school-owned device.

10G Networks on 2021 Horizon, Promise Millisecond Latency

10G offers the promise of delivering 10 times the current most prevalent maximum speeds offered to consumers.