Here's How E-Rate Supports Digital Learning

Education Technology Insights | Monday, November 25, 2019

In this era of digitization, school internet access has become critical to digital learning; it saves time, money and also leads to better retention.

FREMONT, CA: in the education sector, there is a need to increase internet services over the next coming years. It will support the digital learning process and will also improve the teaching method. According to the ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report, the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. It is necessary to improve these services as school internet is beneficial for students academically. Today’s’ students want personalized content at their point of need, and e-learning is the best source for that.

Digital learning is gaining popularity among students and teachers because it saves money and time, and also learners can access content anytime and anywhere. It is scalable and consistent and also leads to better retention.

Here are some crucial findings of digital learning and school internet needs:

• Digital learning continues to grow; about 88 percent of applicants expect bandwidth needs of schools and libraries to boost in the coming years.

• Wi-Fi remains mission-critical because several students feel Wi-Fi is extremely important in fulfilling their academic mission. Approximately 79 percent of applicants in FY18 cite

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d the same need, showing a consistent trend in Wi-Fi access to support digital learning in schools and libraries.

• More of the people say school internet should extend to school buses as well. According to 2018’s survey, 58 percent of applicants believed school bus internet should qualify for E-rate support. This year, more than sixty percent of applicants say the same. The society would greatly benefit from access to Wi-Fi on buses and school-provided internet at their homes. This would allow for greater flexibility in the use of blended learning and online resources.

• Almost 82 percent of applicants agree that barriers to the internet still exist. Insufficient internet access to library patrons or home of students is a significant issue in their community.

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