A non-profit organization with technology that brings digital content to "offline" populations around the world for the purposes of education will be paying more attention to a U.S. population that's also unable to access the Internet: those in prisons and jails.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
As technology has changed K–12 education, so has it changed the role of the chief technology officer, a job title that just barely existed 15 years ago. Today's CTO is not your grandfather's infrastructure manager!
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has helped 3 million low-income Americans, or 750,000 families, access low-cost, high-speed Internet service at home, according to a five-year progress report the company released today.
When school begins Aug. 29 for students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, some of them will be able to borrow wireless hotspots from five branches of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in order to gain access to the Internet at home.
Eaton School District in northern Colorado has begun the process of upgrading to a 10 gigabit private fiber optic wide area network between its three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Seymour Papert passed away on July 31. He was 88. We share with you, in this week’s blog, what we learned from him: why children should learn to program.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
A disparity in home Internet service has lead to the “homework gap,” where economically disadvantaged students “go from a digital oasis to a digital desert when they go from school to home.”
The Iowa Department of Public Safety has launched a program that allows the state’s law enforcement officers to park their patrol cars outside schools and access secure, high-speed WiFi Internet service.
Madison Academy in Alabama has implemented a 1-gigabit per second fiber-to-the-premises network between its two campus locations and a multipurpose student service center and is planning to extend the fiber connection to a third building currently under construction.
Right now the biggest area for category one funding requests in the E-rate program is for lit fiber — major bandwidth connectivity. That line item in applications for the 2016 funding year totals $1.3 billion in pre-discount dollars, a request that trounces every other type of category one service included on applications by at least a factor of five-to-one.
- By Dian Schaffhauser