How Increasing the E-rate Can Help Our Education Systen

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Bradley Hallick discusses new changes made to the E-rate, which is the discount rate at which school libraries receive phone access and wifi.

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Bradley Hallick Educates us on the E-rate

  1. 1. How Increasing the E-rate Can Help Our Education Systen August 1, 2014 by Bradley Hallidc leave a Comment The Washington Post recently wrote an article discussing a possible big change for technology in education. The E-rate is a national discount that offers libraries and schools telecommunications and Internet access which is commissioned under the Federal muurfiiii rrgunwtr run run rm Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is voting to add billions of dollars to the E-rate fund. This will affect millions of students across the country. Former Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, and commissioner of the LEAD (Leading Education by Advancing Digital) Commission, Jim Coulter weigh in on the necessity to pass this bill. Genachowski and Coulter commented about how the results of this vote are pivotal to accelerating technology in schools across the country. E-rate is an 18 year old program that was designed to help school libraries pay their telecommunication bills. During the start of Internet era, the E-rate transformed to include providing Internet to St The proposed plan is to redirect $2 billion of funds towards Wi-Fi instillations and upgrades to a select number of schools across the country. This will directly impact 6 million students this year, and millions more in years to cor according to the article. The Washington Post is calling this a "watershed moment" for education technology because it is a major step in creating the backbone for the implementation of technology in education in the United States. Genachowski and Coulter believe that immediate action is necessary, so that all teachers can benefit from 21st ce tools that are becoming universal. Such technology was expensive in the past but with declining cost of laptops, ta and enterprise Wi-Fi technology, implementing technology into classroom curriculums is more affordable than ev The article mentions that digital learning has proven to increase student achievement as it empowers teachers an: increases their overall impact. This blog post is based off of this Washington Post article.

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