E-rate & Homework Gap Webinar Nov 17

Lots of good webinars this week. Today’s comes from the SHLB Coalition…

E-rate & Homework Gap Webinar
November 17, 2017
11 am – 12 pm ET
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Some schools and libraries have made innovative choices to close the homework gap, such as deploying wireless services on school buses and to residential users off-campus. Join our panel as they discuss how E-rate can also be a tool to close the homework gap and how to make the most of this funding.

Moderator: Susan Bearden
Bearden Education Technology Consulting, LLC (Former Senior Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education)

Andrew Moore, CIO at Boulder Valley School District
As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Moore is responsible for both traditional Instructional Technology services  and Educational Technology in the classroom.

John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning
John Harrington is CEO at Funds for Learning, a leading firm based in Oklahoma City that specializes in helping schools and libraries across the country receive federal funds for infrastructure and Internet access.

 

BroadbandUSA Webinar, Nov 15: Electric Co-ops bringing Fiber to Rural America

Another good webinar coming up…

BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series

Topic: Practical Broadband Conversations: Electric Co-ops Bringing Fiber to Rural America

 

Date: Wednesday, November 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

 

Overview: Electric cooperatives are capitalizing on existing infrastructure and deep community roots to bring gigabit communications to rural communities, and the results can be transformational. Just as rural electrification energized the country in the early 20th century, high capacity broadband connections are necessary for thriving communities in the 21st century. Join BroadbandUSA’s Practical Broadband Conversations webinar to learn how member-based co-ops are making the case for investment and creating new opportunities for economic prosperity.

 

Speakers:

Brett Kilbourne, Vice President Policy and General Counsel, Utilities Technology Council

Randy Klindt, Founder, Conexon; General Manager, OzarksGo

Paul Belk, President, North Georgia Network

 

Please pre-register for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on joining the webinar.

USDA Webinar Nov 17: Rural Glance at Demographics and Broadband Access

Looks like an interesting webinar…

Webinar Details
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour

Host:  John Cromartie, PhD, Geographer, Economic Research Service, USDA

Description:

In this webinar, ERS geographer John Cromartie highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on population change, employment, income and poverty, as well as trends in access to broadband service. The USDA’s Economic Research Service releases the Rural America at a Glance report annually, which summarizes the status of conditions and trends in rural areas.

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Broadband makes the shortlist of topics Sen Klobuchar discusses in Jackson County

Jackson County Pilot reports on a recent visit Senator Klobuchar made to the area…

Minnesota’s senior senator stopped by the industrial park headquarters of New Fashion Pork Friday evening to talk employment, immigration, transportation, trade, rural broadband connectivity and the farm bill, among other topics. Klobuchar said she was impressed with New Fashion Pork and the Jackson County Food 4 Kids program the company spearheaded a few years ago, urged those gathered to continue lobbying lawmakers for sensible immigration law and pledged to look into impending changes to overland transportation regulations.

And more specifically on broadband..

David Preisler, executive director of the Minnesota Pork Producers and Association and Minnesota Pork Board, talked trade and the farm bill with Klobuchar, while Jackson City Council member Donnie Schoenrock, president of the Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services Board of Directors, briefed the senator on local issues surrounding rural Internet connectivity.

“It’s the digital divide,” Klobuchar said, adding the solution may lie in certain changes necessary at the Federal Communications Commission level.

Klobuchar said she appreciated hearing concerns from those gathered and pledged to continue working on their behalf.

Blandin Webinar Archive: Homework Gap: How Lack of Broadband Hinders K-12 Education

Here are notes and video from yesterday’s webinar – Homework Gap: How Lack of Broadband Hinders K-12 Education…

Education processes are now infused with technology.  Many school districts benefit from Gigabit level services on-campus.  One-to-one device initiatives, flipped classrooms and virtual school snow days are now part of the educational lexicon.  This is all well and good until students head to their unconnected home.  How are schools coping with this inequality of educational opportunity and capability?  In some school districts, ubiquitous connectivity and affluent families make connectivity a slight challenge.  In poorly connected regions with high levels of poverty, schools face a significant challenge to cope with the digitally excluded.

Join us for a webinar roundtable discussion with regional school technology experts.  Marc Johnson of East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative and Josh Sumption from the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative will discuss the present challenges, the current responses by education leaders and options for overcoming this broadband challenge.

Blandin Webinar: Homework Gap: How Lack of Broadband Hinders K-12 Education – Nov 9

When: Thurs., November 9 from 3-4 pm
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Education processes are now infused with technology.  Many school districts benefit from Gigabit level services on-campus.  One-to-one device initiatives, flipped classrooms and virtual school snow days are now part of the educational lexicon.  This is all well and good until students head to their unconnected home.  How are schools coping with this inequality of educational opportunity and capability?  In some school districts, ubiquitous connectivity and affluent families make connectivity a slight challenge.  In poorly connected regions with high levels of poverty, schools face a significant challenge to cope with the digitally excluded.

Join us for a webinar roundtable discussion with regional school technology experts.  Marc Johnson of East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative and Josh Sumption from the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative will discuss the present challenges, the current responses by education leaders and options for overcoming this broadband challenge.

MN Broadband Task Force Meeting notes: finalizing annual report

Today the MN Broadband Task Force met to tie up loose ends of the upcoming report. They talked a bit about updating the projected cost to get broadband to everyone in Minnesota. With lots of caveats, they came up with a number of $5,527 per passing or a total of almost $1.4 billion to reach all of the unserved households. Again lots of caveats in that math – but it seems to fall in line with the earlier project (from 2010?) that it would cost $1-3 billion to serve unserved areas. Here’s the discussion:

The upcoming report will be an abridged version of earlier reports. Continue reading