Education and Training

An American Library Association official said, ?ConnectED must include professional development and support for school librarians... to ensure students have the digital literacy and research skills necessary to effectively use those devices.?
The FCC and the administration want to use the e-Rate program to ?... phase out the days of the clunky computer lab and shift to putting technology directly into students? hands."
?An estimated 72 percent of public schools ? in the countryside, suburbs and cities ? lack the broadband speeds necessary to fully access the Internet... "
A school system technology group found that nationwide, ?Only 57 percent of elementary schools and 64 percent of secondary schools have all classrooms fully equipped with wireless Internet connectivity.?
BiblioTech, a new bookless library, offers computers, iPads and e-books to a low-income San Antonio neighborhood.
The FCC opened the issue of E-Rate expansion to the public and has received literally hundreds of comments -- most urging expansion. And some of the encouragement has come from unexpected sources.
According to the latest Pew research on the subject, 91 percent of Americans own a cell phone and nearly two-thirds of them use those phones to go online ? a seven percent jump since the same time in 2012.
According to Jason Fuhrman, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers: Improved telecommunications infrastructure, particularly fast and widely-accessible wired and wireless broadband networks, enables synergistic technological advances in business, healthcare, education, public safety, entertainment, and more.
CWA supports updating the E-rate program to bring 1Gbps broadband connection to schools. Building high-speed networks to schools and libraries will have an additional benefit ? lowering the cost to extend these networks to homes and businesses in surrounding communities.
Acting FCC Chair Mignon Clyburn came out strongly for the Lifeline program and for modernization of E-Rate.