“The FCC, under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler, has taken a vital first step toward E-rate modernization and reform today.”
It’s critical that we modernize and reform the E-Rate program to connect all classrooms across the country to high-speed wireless broadband within five years. Today’s order, which provides an additional $2 billion toward Wi-Fi networking in classrooms over the next two funding years, represents a significant down payment on this goal. Importantly, the FCC is prioritizing connectivity for students and teachers in the classroom via Wi-Fi for the next two years, with the intention of continuing that funding into the future. It will also help connect rural schools, while mitigating bureaucracy and red tape that impact the ability to quickly deploy the technology schools and libraries need.
To compete and succeed in the global marketplace, our students and teachers need to have access to the world’s libraries, scientific discoveries, and innovative educational tools at their fingertips. That’s where E-rate comes in. E-rate is the foundation for Internet access in public schools and libraries across America. Read More »
Tags: E-Rate, edtech, education reform, FCC, internet, subsidy, wi-fi
Thank you for being a part of our Higher Ed Thursdays conversations. Today concludes this series, and we’re looking forward to re-starting the discussion near the beginning of the school year. New trends are emerging for the next phase of our discussion, including how to secure your campus environment and intellectual property, how the Internet of Everything will change higher education, and the finance of higher education.
In this current series, we’ve seen that educators share a common crisis in the delivery of higher learning. They suffer many of the same challenges, with regard to access to quality educational experiences, the need to evolve outdated teaching methodologies, and the imperative to prepare students to become part of the workforce of the future.
To address these challenges, we recommend that the community share a common approach in helping to transform its systems. It can employ an approach that uses technology to create cultural shifts, modernize teaching and learning to prepare learners for next-generation careers, and effectively scale these modifications. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, edtech, education reform, higher education, HigherEdThursdays, mlearning, mobility, technology
ISTE 2014 marks the launch of summertime for many educators as they come together to connect and share ideas about technology and innovation. Unsurprisingly, the theme of “connectedness” continues with this year’s show in Atlanta. The ability for schools to connect to the Internet and help make access to technology ubiquitous is changing learning in ways we probably never imagined: students can now take virtual field trips; they can access almost any information any time with the touch of a button, and traditional textbooks are going digital. Rapid advances in technology are accelerating change.
In 2015, 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. More things are connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. By 2020, that number will double to 50 billion devices, and each person will have an average 6.58 devices. We know that Internet of Things (IoT) connections will grow from two billion to six billion in the next five years, producing an enormous amount of information. Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco Education, edtech, education, IoE, ISTE, ISTE2014, IVC, mlearning, renee patton, VTC
The landscape in higher education continues to change. In September, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics showing that college enrollment declined for the first time in six years in the fall of 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, 9/2013), and nearly half of Moody’s rated public and private universities were anticipating total enrollment declines in 2014 (Moody’s 2014 Industry Outlook, Nov. 25. 2013). Given some of these changes, colleges and universities across the nation are looking to technology to drive new and innovative initiatives to attract and retain students and faculty, to differentiate themselves from their peers, and to improve the educational experience.
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Tags: Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx, collaboration, higher education
Published June 18 at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/impactx/
Imagine what a university could and should look like in several years. What will our students be learning? How will they be learning? What tools will they need in this future education? Those questions, and many more, were asked as our team began the process of upgrading the San Jose State campus. Read more from Huffington Post
Tags: edtech, higher education, highered, mlearning, university