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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorUnderserved schools are getting some extra support in their quest to access high-speed broadband services. The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition - an internet access advocacy group - released its new "Broadband Action Plan" last week. The plan is made up of 10 research papers that detail strategies for ensuring that anchor institutions - schools, libraries, healthcare providers, community colleges, public media, public housing, and other community organizations - have access to gigabit internet speeds. These anchor institutions are central to ensuring that broadband Internet is available to those most in need. While a lot of attention is paid to residential or commercial access to high-speed broadband, connecting anchor institution is a cost-effective way to ensure that every community and every individual has high-speed access to the Internet The action plan is part of the coalition's broader "Grow2Gig+" initiative, a push to connect all anchor institutions to gigabit speeds by 2020.

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Voice from the Industry

Sam Pemberton, CEO, Impero SoftwareTackling Extremism in the Digital Learning Environment

The Internet is an important and empowering tool for schools and students alike. While its advantages are undisputed, its risks are diverse, changing, and often unknown. It's entirely possible, with innocent intentions, to stumble across damaging, exploitative, or extreme content. How do we address online risks such as extremism and radicalization?

  1. What is meant by extremism
  2. Tackling the problem in schools
  3. Safeguarding students through monitoring

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWoo hoo, it's Friday, friends—and I haven't been this excited about Friday since last Friday! Go check out the scoops I have for you as we end this week....

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National PTA White Paper Reveals Families are Essential to Bridge STEM Gap

National PTA announced today the release of a white paper on the essential role of family engagement in increasing students' access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-especially among girls and underrepresented youth. The white paper is the result of an analysis of STEM education research and STEM programs; a panel discussion with PTA members and STEM education and equity experts; and a convening of thought leaders in STEM, family engagement and education. Laura Bay, president of National PTA, said, "The gap in the STEM pipeline is not a new problem, but intentionally engaging families is an essential new solution."

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Tech & Learning's ISTE 2016 Best of Show Winners

For the third year, Tech & Learning is presenting its prestigious awards program that honors great products at ISTE 2016. The products below were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the conference in Denver. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology.They then met in person to decide which technologies will have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show.

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