National Educational Technology Plan
The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The Plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. The principles and examples in the plan align to the Activities to Support the Effective Use of Technology (Title IV A) of Every Student Succeeds Act. The broad goals and principles for learning enabled by technology should be considered when developing your district goals for technology planning or Title IV A funding.
Contact the NHSCI Team
Stan Freeda, Department of Education
Denis Goulet, Department of Information Technology
Doug Green, University of New Hampshire
Robert McLaughlin, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
Carol Miller, Division of Economic Development
David Justice, University of New Hampshire
Scott Valcourt, University of New Hampshire
New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative
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NHSCI Strategic Planning
The New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (“NHSCI”) represents collaboration between agencies and organizations involved and interested in expanding connectivity and broadband services in New Hampshire in order to enhance high-speed broadband access for K-12 public schools and students throughout New Hampshire. The Initiative formally defined its goals to be:
Compile a comprehensive K-12 broadband connectivity report based on analysis and reporting of data collected by NHSCI. This effort is already in progress and is being coordinated by the University of New Hampshire and the Education Sub-Committee of the NH Governor’s Telecommunications Planning and Development Advisory Board (TAB).
Develop a plan to meet K-12 connectivity goals through the facilitation of statewide K-12 fiber network discussions with school districts, service providers, and partner organizations with the long-term goal of ensuring that all public school students across New Hampshire can take advantage of digital learning.
Create a strategy to enhance the utilization of E-Rate funds that are used to provide discounted communication services to schools and libraries across the state. NH currently receives less than 30% of the funds collected by the Federal Communications Commission through the Universal Service Fee paid by NH businesses and residents.
NHSCI further agreed to work with the non-profit group, EducationSuperHighway, who offer their resources to help get as many schools connected to fiber as possible. Both NHSCI and ESH have completed the data gathering efforts and ESH has presented a comprehensive report on the fiber gaps in NH. We are confident that ESH will continue their work with NHSCI, the providers, and the schools to attain their goal of connecting schools to fiber. NHSCI plans to continue to work on upgrading Wi-Fi in the schools and/or facilitating the enhanced usage of E-Rate funding beyond the fiber connectivity initiative. NHSCI will continue to work and develop a strategic plan for moving forward.
New Hampshire is Committed to Increase Connectivity and Bandwidth for our Schools
"It is clear that New Hampshire has made important strides in increasing bandwidth in our schools, providing students a 21st Century education and a pathway into a competitive American workforce. I look forward to working with parents and communities to help ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond."- Governor Chris Sununu
"State leaders and the Department of Education established the Public School Infrastructure Revitalization Trust Fund, which school districts leverage for fiber construction upgrades through e-rate and the NH School Connectivity Initiative."- Governor Chris Sununu
"Student access to high-speed connectivity is no longer an educational luxury. This includes connectivity and access devices both in school and when out of school. At the New Hampshire Department of Education, we are working at all levels to create this access, including participation in programs like the federal Education Superhighway and vendor supported programs to bring internet access to the homes of all students. Through these programs, the department’s goal is to assist students in accessing 21st Century learning opportunities they need in order to build bright futures. This is one of the most effective ways of preparing New Hampshire students for the economy of the future while also supporting STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), robotics, career technical education, and other opportunities for learning." - Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education
About the New Hampshire School Connectivity Consortium
Led by DOE's Office of Educational Technology at the NH Department of Education, NHSCI is a collaboration between NHDOE, the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, Division of Economic Development, the University of New Hampshire, and the National Collaborative for Digital Equity.
In order to meet K-12 connectivity goals and ensure that all New Hampshire public school students have the opportunity to engage in digital learning, NHSCI will facilitate statewide K-12 fiber network discussions with school districts, service providers, and partner organizations; maximize discounted communication services provided to schools and libraries across the state through Federal Communication Commission's E-Rate funding program; and continue efforts to analyze and strengthen a comprehensive K-12 connectivity report.
NHSCI has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization that supports increased broadband connectivity in public schools and will provide its services free of charge to NHSCI in order to help New Hampshire's K-12 schools and districts connect to scalable high-speed broadband, wifi, and fiber projects.
|Initiative State Partners
New Hampshire Department of Education
The NH Department of Education is committed to helping students, parents, and educators meet the educational needs of each student. The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of its mission "To provide educational leadership and services which promote equal educational opportunities and quality practices and programs that enable New Hampshire residents to become fully productive members of society."
NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
The Division of Economic Development supports the growth of NH’s economy by helping existing businesses grow and by facilitating the location of new businesses to the state. The core of the work addresses a wide range of needs from workforce development and training, to specific technical assistance needs, and to funding innovative research. The importance of Broadband as a tool to train the workforce of the future requires us to start with access every NH family needs to make a living working wage to support economic development, improve the quality and availability of education, healthcare, public safety and government services.
University of New Hampshire
* Broadband Mapping and Planning. The NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program is a comprehensive program that seeks to understand where broadband is currently available in NH, how it can be made more widely available in the future, and how to encourage increased levels of broadband adoption and usage. We recognize that a vibrant local and state economy requires broadband infrastructure to support economic development, energy efficiency, advances in health care, and improved educational opportunities, as well as the knowledge base and resources to effectively utilize that infrastructure.
* Broadband Services and Strategic Technology. The UNH Broadband Services team provides state of the art broadband services to faculty, staff, and community partners in support of education, research, telehealth, government and the public good. They own and operate the high-speed USNH IBEAM statewide fiber network and work with multiple vendors to provide long-haul transport, internet, and Internet2 services locally and regionally. High-touch support and comprehensive services associated with high-speed broadband connectivity are provided.
UNH Strategic Technology is a technology development organization within UNH. Supporting unique solutions to complex technology problems, the Strategic Technology team works with partners across NH and the New England Region to build the next generation of technology before partners in NH need that technology.
NH Department of Information Technology
The NH Department of Information Technology manages and coordinates all technology resources in the executive branch of government. They provide services that will endure, and create statewide efficiencies through the use of information technologies energizing government and business. Their strategic vision for IT provides planning and support, enterprise services, technical, operational, infrastructure, and security services, as well as web and software development services.
National Collaborative for Digital Equity
The National Collaborative for Digital Equity was co-founded in 2013 as the Digital Opportunity Consortium, with a goal of removing the digital divide as a barrier to educational and economic opportunity. Headquartered in Weare, NH, the refashioned NCDE works to address the compelling need to speak to potential investors with one voice about why and how to approach digital equity investments and initiatives systemically.
Helping to Pioneer Digital Equity Initiatives
The National Collabortive for Digital Equity, with the help of NHSCI, launched the nation’s first statewide initiative to mobilize leadership teams in low- and moderate-income communities to close the digital divide in support of educational and economic inclusion, drawing on bank Community Reinvestment Act funds and other resources.
NCDE’s policy research and advocacy efforts have identified an integrated array of digital equity-related purposes for which banks can receive credit toward meeting their federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requirement, from broadband infrastructure development to providing low-income families with free new or recently refurbished computers, to tech support provided by “linguistically diverse” youths (i.e., for whom English is not their native language), to librarian assistance with the challenges of media literacy, device addiction and cybersafety. NCDE works to identify CRA credit-worthy digital equity purposes that banks and others can support to remove the digital divide as a barrier to educational and economic opportunity.
EducationSuperHighway is the leading non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America so that every student has the opportunity to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. They believe that digital learning has the potential to provide all students with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality. Their data-driven programs help to accelerate upgrades in America’s schools by catalyzing federal and state action on K-12 broadband initiatives in order to get fiber to schools that need it, and make broadband more affordable for school districts. As a non-profit, the tools and services they provide are offered at no charge.
Programs to Help Schools
NHSCI is working with the Non-profit, EducationSuperHighway, to upgrade schools in need of Fiber, Broadband, and/or Wifi.
Fiber. For most school districts, fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can affordably deliver fast network speeds today and continue to scale cost-effectively to meet the growing bandwidth need of the future. The ESH team supports schools in all aspects of the process. After discussing your technology goals and district’s current infrastructure, they can make bandwidth and architecture recommendations and help schools build a case for funding so that all stakeholders understand the budget needed for the upgrade.
Broadband. Improving the affordability of broadband remains the most important lever for closing the connectivity gap. Students need at least 100 kbps of bandwidth per student in order to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom, and the FCC suggests a 2018 connectivity target of 1 Mbps per student. Many schools desire this robust connectivity for their classrooms but lack the funds necessary to obtain it. ESH offers a price transparency tool, Compare & Connect K-12, to help district technology leaders get more bandwidth for their budget, making it easy to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts.
Wi--Fi. A robust and reliable internal network is critical to bringing digital learning opportunities into the classroom. In 2015, as part of E-rate modernization, the FCC made $150 per student of funding for internal connections (Category 2) upgrades available over 5 years. ESH has tools and resources designed to save districts time and money and help you make the best use of these funds before 2019.
Organizations Supporting Broadband
The following organizations are committed to support and grow the Open Educational Resources movement.
National Broadband Plan (Federal Communications Commission)
The National Broadband Plan, released by the FCC on March 17, 2010, sets out a roadmap for initiatives to stimulate economic growth, spur job creation and boost America's capabilities in education, health care, homeland security and more. The plan includes sections focusing on economic opportunity, education, health care, energy and the environment, government performance, civic engagement and public safety.
Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan (Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition)
Connecting Anchor Institutions: Broadband Action Plan was developed by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition to provide ideas and actionable policy recommendations to address the broadband needs of schools, libraries, health facilities, and all other anchor institutions. It highlights these needs, discusses the gaps in Community Anchor Institution (CAI) broadband connectivity, explains why affordable, high-capacity broadband for anchor institutions is vitally important to the health and prosperity of communities nationwide, and recommends actions that federal, state and local policymakers can take to improve anchor institutions’ broadband connectivity. Community access to affordable next generation broadband is an attainable goal, but only if we reach together. Help us #Grow2Gig+.
State Educational Technology Directors Association: Equity of Access
For years, equity of access in education has referred to the ability of all students to receive an education from qualified teachers in buildings that are safe and conducive to learning in a district with sufficient resources that are reasonably equal among other schools in the same state. In short, all students should have an equal opportunity to succeed. Technology has added another dimension to the equation, as it opens up a much broader and richer array of resources and information. Equity of access now includes access to devices to use digital content and connect to fellow students, educators and experts throughout the world. It also means sufficient high-speed broadband to the district, the school building, the classroom and the home.
State Educational Technology Directors Association: E-rate Modernization Resources
SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action developed several resources to support state and local policymakers and digital leaders as they navigate the modernized E-rate program. The goal is to help state and local leaders achieve high-speed connectivity in their jurisdictions and to support the national goal of connecting every classroom and library in America to high-speed Internet by 2018.