Great Connectivity Expectations

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Keys to unlocking the most value from new e-rate funding.

GUEST COLUMN | by Jason King

FCC E-RateAs many children and teachers head back to school, they are bringing with them a plethora of wireless devices to use as educational tools in the classroom. They are also bringing with them great connectivity expectations. While the quality and availability of wireless connectivity may not be a concern at some K-12 institutions, there are still many schools and libraries struggling to find affordable wireless services and provide reliable Wi-Fi to students, faculty and guests.

The FCC recently made the most sweeping changes to the E-Rate program in 18 years, greatly expanding the opportunity for K-12 school districts to implement Wi-Fi.

To help address this issue, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) developed the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support program, commonly known as the E-Rate program. The program’s goal is to help schools…

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75 Billion Connected Devices by 2020 #IoT


 See the post @Forbes written by Stuart Leung,  of @Salesforce 
“5 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Make Marketing Smarter” for more detail.

Trends | Protecting Student Privacy

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CREDIT CoSN Protecting PrivacyAs school rolls forward nationwide, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) just released a new resource for school leaders to help them smartly discuss the critical issue of student privacy. The infographic explains to parents and guardians of students about school privacy practices and why they are needed. This is the newest tool from CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative. “Collecting student information and data is a bit unsettling for parents and guardians,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “But these rising concerns make it essential that school leaders clearly articulate their student information and data practices. And, as importantly, tell them why these practices make a positive difference,” he says. “This resource will help superintendents, administrators and teachers demonstrate their commitment to delivering a safe, transformational educational experience for students.” Available in English and English/Spanish, the infographic answers the following key questions:


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How Colleges Are Keeping Costs Level (still too high)

Making College Affordable

40 #IoT/Wearables Use Cases – from @ValaAfshar

Gamification of Education

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15 facts about the modern college student


According to information gleaned from Mashable, Pew Internet, The Chronicle, Science Daily, Campus Tech, and many more reputable sources, Presta reveals these 12 facts about the modern college student:


College Students and Technology: Co-Dependent

1. 73 percent of college students (sample size of 500) said they cannot study without technology.
2. 38 percent of college students cannot go 10 minutes without checking their eMail, tablet, laptop or smartphone.
3. 70 percent of students use keyboards to take notes.
4. 65 percent use digital devices to create presentations.
5. 91 percent of students used eMail to communicate with professors.
6. 98 percent of students who own an eReader read eTextbooks.

Student Tech Spending

7. Students spent $13 billion on electronics in 2009.
8. Digital textbooks cost approximately 40 percent less than printed textbooks.
9. Retailers are selling $400 netbooks used by students primarily for term papers and note-taking.

Location of Present and Future Learning

10. 12 million college students currently take one or more classes online. This figure is expected to exceed 22 million in 5 years.
11. In 2014: 5.14 million students will take classes in physical classroom; 3.55 million will take all classes online; and 18.65 million will take some classes online.

Other Fun Facts

12. Community college students are less reliant on digital tools than 4-year college students and graduate students.
13. Slowly but surely, the notepad is going away and the iPad is taking over in lecture halls across America. With this technology comes hundreds of tech tools and apps for the modern college student.
14. Undergraduate and graduate students (18–24 years) have the fastest internet connections among age groups.
15. College students tune down the tech when studying for final exams in the library.



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