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Analysis of Costs to Upgrade and Maintain Robust Local Area Networks for All K-12 Schools - A consensus model that projects the cost to upgrade and maintain robust local area networks for digital learning calls for an estimated $3.2 billion in new funds to realize President Barack Obama's goal of providing all students with high-speed wireless Internet connections inside their schools and libraries by 2018. That is beyond the $2.4 billion currently directed to schools and libraries. (Consortium for School Networking and the Education Super Highway, May 2014)...

Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Home Computers on Academic Achievement Among School Children - Large numbers of children have no access to a home computer and the question is, to what extent does this impede their academic achievement? Randomly, 1,123 California schoolchildren, grades 6-10 in 15 schools were given computers for home use. The authors found no effects on any educational outcomes, including grades, standardized tests, credits earned, attendance or disciplinary problems. (Robert W. Fairlie and Jonathan Robinson, Institute for the Study of Labor, February 2013)...

PALM Initiative: Purchasing Accessible Learning Materials - As classrooms start to incorporate more digital technology, it becomes increasingly important that materials used in the classroom are designed to be useable by all students, including those with disabilities. The AIM Center has developed the PALM (Purchasing Accessible Learning Materials) Toolkit to help state and local leaders make better purchasing decisions to ensure accessibility of digital materials for all. (IDEA Partnership, 2012)...

The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs - The authors of this report argue that high-speed broadband is now a vital component of K-12 school infrastructure and that with easy access to reliable, robust, and cost-effective broadband, we can ensure that each studentís school experience mirrors evolving societal expectations for public education. Included in the report are four recommendations for policymakers and school leaders committed to charting a course for the future of K-12 education enabled by broadband: Schools and districts must meet specified minimum bandwidth targets; ensure access to broadband outside of schools including, but not limited to, the home and such publicly accessible institutions as libraries and community centers; all states should provide direct leadership in the development and implementation of programs; and the federal government must increase funding options. (State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), 2012) ...

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