Could FCC 'E-rate' restructuring revolutionize education?
- The Federal Communications Commission begins its restructuring on Friday of the "E-rate" the government uses to provide schools with funds to connect to the Internet.
- The document released by the FCC may create an education revolution by accelerating the classroom deployment of tablets and other digital tools to the 76 million primary and secondary students in the U..S.
- The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital commission issued a call in June for all students to receive digital devices by 2020, a move that would require a nationwide upgrade to broadband Internet in all classes—an estimated $6-9 million improvement that President Barack Obama has called for himself.
From the article:
... The generational opportunity that Shelton and other advocates envision centers on the use of digital technology to create a more personalized learning environment. Reformers project a reimagined classroom in which all students are equipped with tablets or laptops that allow them to work at their own pace on lessons that adjust to their progress; use video links to take courses, such as advanced science lessons, only available at other schools; and receive real-time feedback from teachers who obtain reports on their performance through online connections with the students' devices. Constant digital updates would replace bulky out-of-date textbooks lugged in spine-crushing backpacks. ...
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