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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Current news from eSchool News

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Stephen Noonoo, current editor of eSchool News summarizes, "In an effort to discover just how much wired and wireless connectivity exists in classrooms across the nation, CDW-G has created a new crowdsourced heat map that shows exactly that. Find out how your state stacks up and add your school's information -- the project is still open to educators adding new data."

How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map.

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As efforts to increase bandwidth and internet connectivity in K-12 schools grow, a new report from CDW-G, based on a survey of 400 K-12 IT professionals, reveals just now connected — or not — the nation’s classrooms are today.

The CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map outlines wired and wireless connectivity in a state-by-state display. The map is an ongoing project and CDW-G is asking schools to fill in their details to help make it more complete. Currently, there is not enough data to shade several states in the midwest and west.
Data from the Federal Communications Commission reveals that the federal E-Rate program has connected nearly all U.S. K-12 schools to the internet, though not all classrooms are connected.

And while statistics may show that the average school has roughly the same connectivity as the average U.S. school, it serves 100 times as many users.
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Additional news from eSchool News 

Follow these 10 one-to-one classroom tips for every educator.
Wherever you are on the one-to-one spectrum we have some advice to help you move forward and make the most out of these new resources in your classroom.
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A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. In particular, it takes a close look at the four major blended models and, through case studies, how specific schools have fared in implementing them.

According to iNacol, the paper also delves into the evolution of blended learning, the use of digital content and curricula, and the engagement of students toward higher levels of academic success. The case studies profiled illustrate a variety of blended learning implementations, providing insights for increasing program effectiveness.

Source: eSchool News

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