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Districts' Broadband Costs

Analysis of Districts' Costs for Telecommunication Services

In 2013 KSDE announced on the Technology Assistance for Kansas Educators (TAKE) website a partnership with EducationSuperHighway to create a database of what Kansas schools are paying for telecommunication services. Districts were given an option to participate in the data collection. There were 110 Kansas school districts who submitted data.

Analysis of the data revealed median cost of connectivity in Kansas is $39 per Mbps per month (vs $25 nationally), driven primarily by Internet access costs. Median cost of Internet Access in Kansas ($37) is ~70% higher than the national ($22) median for all districts and ~50% higher for districts that meet the Connect Ed goal of 100 Mbps ($22 vs. $15).

EducationSuperHighway (ESH) is a non-profit organization established in January 2012 with the mission of ensuring every K-12 school in American has reliable, high-capacity Internet access so they can take advantage of the promise of digital learning. ESH is funded by numerous foundations and individuals such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. 

Click this link to see the District’s broadband cost and spending.

T:\TAKE TEAM\EducationSuperHighway\District Broadband Costs and Spending.xlsx

 

Helping to Enable High-Speed Internet in Every Classroom

What is the program?
EducationSuperHighway is partnering with school districts that want to upgrade their Internet infrastructure to support digital learning, but are unsure how to do it. We will work with you to identify solutions to meet your goals and provide technical and procurement guidance to help you improve your network. We aim to build capacity for districts, so we collaborate closely with district staff to ensure that you are set up for today and the future.

Is it free?
Yes! The service offered by our team of experts is free of charge.

Which districts?
If you are a district that is dedicated to implementing digital learning but can’t because of a slow or unreliable Internet connection or because bandwidth is too expensive, we want to work with you. Your district is a good candidate if you’ve said:
• “Our network is slow and unreliable and we don’t know why.”
• “We know we need more bandwidth, but it costs too much.”
• “We know we need more bandwidth, but don’t know how to get it.”
• “We want to integrate technology, but we don’t know if our network can handle it.”
• “We just completed an upgrade and the network is still having issues.”
• “We don’t even know where to start to figure out our network issues.”

How does it work?
• EducationSuperHighway will assign a coach to work directly with a dedicated member of the district’s staff.
• Together, the coach and the district staff member will design a discrete project that covers these areas:
• Conduct a needs assessment
• Identify key barriers to attaining the connectivity your district needs
• Craft viable solutions that meet your district’s needs
• Develop a plan for upgrading the network and/or lowering costs
• Work together to solve your connectivity issue

Get started
If you are interested in working with us, please complete the brief application available at this URL: http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/apply-for-district-coaching.html. For questions, email us at districts@educationsuperhighway.org.

EducationSuperHighway is a non-profit organization working to enable high-speed Internet in every classroom in America so that the promise of digital education can be fulfilled.  

Announcements

2014 KS Digital Learning Report

The Kansas State Department of Education is pleased to release this report highlighting aspects of the digital landscape across the state. The technology landscape is evolving at an ever-increasing rate. District’s broadband needs continue to escalate and new providers and services have been contracted since the 2013 decommissioning of the Kan-Ed network. We are at the advent of expanding growth in the use of digital and open textbooks to support Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, while challenged to meet increasing demands for access to mobile and cloud-based technologies. These are a few of the forces impacting technology planning needs for districts across the state. It is our hope this report will provide some insight and perspective for the field as the work to advance the effective use of technology within Kansas education continues.

Information in this report was collected from Kansas school districts in Dec 2013-January 2014. The data in this report is also intended to provide a catalyst for conversation, sharing, and collaboration around ‘who’s doing what’ across the state. This report represents 210 of the 286 districts in Kansas, or 73%.  For the 2014 report

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2013 KS Digital Learning Report
The 2013 Kansas Digital Learning Report provides information on the K-12 technology landscape, details on district 1:1 initiatives, districts transitioning to digital and open textbooks, and more.  The data represents 74% of Kansas districts responding to an optional survey in January 2013.  KSDE/TAKE is planning to publish this report on an annual basis.  For the 2013 report read more ...

Building the Broadband Future: The Communication Needs of Kansas Schools, Libraries, and Hospitals
Reposted to highlight the broadband recommendations outlined in this report, authorized by Kansas House Bill 2390.  The KS Dept. of Commerce contracted with Columbia Telecommunications Corporation (CTC) to conduct the needs assessment and compile the results.  The report highlights the exponentially evolving need schools have for high speed broadband connections.  Finding 4.3 specifically recommends that most Kansas schools and hospitals target 1 Gbps service, and the subsequent need for upgrades to provide a fiber optic transmission infrastructure to support it. read more ...

President Announces ConnectEd Initiative
Calls on FCC to leverage E-rate to connect 99% of students to high speed broadband/wireless within 5 years.  Broadband recommendations were based on SETDA's "The Broadband Imperative" Report. read more ...

Fire Alarm Tones and Volume Levels: Follow up to listserv questions

The Kansas Fire Marshall has provided a response via KS Center for Safe Schools related to KS TechCoord Listserv question on the alarm tones and volume levels for KS Schools.  The following info was pulled from the attachment (click on 'Read More' for attachment!)

Section 4.4.3.1 -describes the horns and strobes need to sound and pulse in "temporal mode" (fire alarm installer will know what that is) see below for additional info.

Section 7.4.2.1 -describes how loud the sound levels (dBs) should be for occupied spaces in all building types (between 75-110dBA).  Refer to Section 7.4.4.1 the minimum sound level in sleeping rooms should be at least 75 dBA.

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Governor Proclaims February 6th as Digital Learning Day in Kansas
At a formal proclamation signing ceremony Friday, Jan. 25, Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 as Digital Learning Day in Kansas and is encouraging students teachers, schools, parents, policymakers and all citizens of Kansas to learn more about ways to successfully integrate high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology to help improve the learning of every student!  2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year, Dyane Smokorowski and a team of Andover Middle School 8th Graders attended the ceremony with KSDE leaders!  For information on how to participate go here!  See the Facebook post here

Digital Learning Day is Feb. 6, 2013---Are you ready?

Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.  The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.

 

The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013.  Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child.  Participation is free and easy.

 

Are YOU ready to change Teaching & Learning?  Get Started Today!

 

Google SketchUp Pro Statewide Grant License Available to K-12
Google's SketchUp Pro, a 3D modeling software application is still available at no cost for Kansas schools through the statewide K-12 licensing grants. read more ...

SETDA Releases The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations for K-12 Infarastructure Needs
Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released The Broadband Imperative:  Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs.  This report examines current trends driving the need for more broadband in teaching, learning and school operations; provides state and district examples of the impact of robust deployment of broadband; and offers specific recommendations for the broadband capacity needed to ensure all students have access to the tools and resources they need to be college and career ready. read more ...

Check out the KSDE Facebook Page
We look forward to this opportunity to connect with a new audience, and to reconnect with our old friends in a new way.  On the KSDE Facebook page you can expect to find information on programs, policies and best practices; announcements and requests for input and expertise.  Be sure to check out our Comment Policy and then feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us here.  We hope you'll come back often and let us know how we can make this site more useful for you.  Remember to "Like Us"! read more ...

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Teresa Merrifield
785-296-7720
tmerrifield@ksde.org











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