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National Educational Techology Plan The National Educational Technology Plan outlines a broad vision for how technology should be used and integrated into our schools in order to leverage technology to enable and drive innovation that produces future ready teaching and learning. Consider these broad goals for learning enabled by technology when developing your own goals for your technology planning.
New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative Connect. Empower. Learn.
Network New Hampshire Now
This exciting project ensures that residents of ten counties in New Hampshire will be able to plug into a powerful future with internet connectivity. Network New Hampshire Now was funded by $44.5 million in economic stimulus money and matched with $22 million in private and in-kind funding. Construction was completed in December, 2013.
NHSCI Strategic Planning
When Governor Maggie Hassan and Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry announced the formation of the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (“NHSCI”) each of the five stakeholders agreed to collaborate in order to enhance high-speed broadband access for K-12 public schools in New Hampshire. The group formally defined the goals of NHSCI 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 further work to develop a plan for moving forward.
Governor Sununu is Committed to School Upgrades in New Hampshire
"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 Hassan Announced the NHSCI Partnership in 2016
CONCORD – As part of her efforts to ensure a strong K-12 public school system that helps students develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century, Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Virginia Barry announced a new partnership – the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI) – aimed at enhancing access to high-speed broadband at New Hampshire's K-12 public schools.
"Ensuring that our students have the skills and innovative thinking needed for good jobs in the 21st century economy is critical to New Hampshire's future, and access to high-speed broadband is a critical tool in preparing our young people for success," Governor Hassan said. "Broadband is an essential component of a modern economy's infrastructure, and by expanding access to broadband in K-12 public schools throughout New Hampshire, the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative will open doors for our students and broaden educational opportunities across all curriculum, including critical STEM areas, helping to better prepare them for future success."
Led by DOE's Office of Educational Technology, NHSCI is a collaboration between DOE, the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the University of New Hampshire.
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.
The initiative has also signed an agreement with EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization that supports increased broadband connectivity in public schools and will provide its services free of charge to NHSCI to help New Hampshire's K-12 schools and districts connect to scalable high-speed broadband.
"Improving connectivity to schools and libraries across the state will enhance e-learning and online content, which can provide more personalized learning opportunities for students," said Commissioner of Education, Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. "Broadband can also facilitate the flow of information, helping teachers, parents, schools and other organizations to make better decisions tied to each student's needs and abilities."
A Proposal for a State E-rate Fiber Build Matching Fund for NH Schools
partnering together to help connect our nh schools
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."
New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program
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.
UNH Information Technology Broadband Services
The UNH Broadband Services team provides state of the art broadband and video collaboration 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 state-wide 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 video-conferencing, content capture, and content management are provided.
NH Department of Resources and Economic Development - Division of Economic Development
The Division of Economic Development realized early on the importance of Broadband. It began by assembling providers, legislators, state agencies, business, and residential constituents from across the state to look at challenges surrounding the availability, affordability, adoption, and capacity of broadband statewide. Created by the New Hampshire Legislature in 2000, the mission of the Telecommunications Advisory Board Committee (TAB) is to encourage, promote and support the achievement of affordable universal access and adoption of interoperable advanced telecommunications throughout New Hampshire. It also works to facilitate economic development, improve the quality and availability of education, healthcare, public safety and government services.
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 Collaborative was co-founded in 2013 as the Digital Opportunity Consortium, by co-chairs Dr. Robert McLaughlin and Dr. Paul Resta. Reflecting the compelling need to speak to potential investors with one voice about why and how to approach digital equity investments and initiatives systemically, we refashioned the consortium as the National Collaborative for Digital Equity. We are headquartered at New England College, in Henniker, New Hampshire.
EducationSuperHighway EducationSuperHighway is the leading non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. 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. The organization's mission is to upgrade 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. Their data-driven programs help to accelerate upgrades in America’s schools by catalyzing federal and state action on K-12 broadband initiatives in ordert 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.
Fiber Consulting Program
NHSCI is working with the Non-profit, EducationSuperHighway, to upgrade your schools to high-speed fiber through the use of the ESH Fiber Consulting Program. 98% of all schools in the country will require a fiber-optic connection in order to support robust technology use for teaching and learning. In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission created an unprecedented four-year opportunity to connect all schools to fiber. Now is the time for NH schools to take advantage of these new E-rate funds and act to close the fiber gap in your state. Participation in the ESH Fiber Consulting Program will help our New Hampshire schools close the fiber gap by getting fiber to those schools that currently lack access.
Steps of the ESH Fiber Consulting Program
I. Identify schools without fiber
We use existing data and standard collection methods to identify all schools in the state that do not currently have access to fiber or a fiber equivalent.
II. Research technical solutions and funding options
We find service providers and fiber construction firms that can offer robust solutions for high-speed broadband access, and support districts in analyzing funding options to take advantage of those solutions.
III. Develop a statewide upgrade plan
We use the information gathered in stage two to develop an upgrade plan for all schools that are not on fiber, considering potential for group action to improve overall cost-effectiveness.
IV. Support implementation
We help our state partners and their districts run an effective procurement process and provide support throughout deployment of schools’ new fiber connections.
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.