Originally published: July 13, 2010
Last updated: November 29, 2010 - 11:42am
In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission on reforming the E-rate program, the National Hispanic Media Coalition says the FCC should adopt policies to ensure that the E-rate program is getting the biggest bang for its buck.
Namely, E-rate funded Internet connections should be used in a way that advances online learning opportunities and allows students without home Internet connections to remain on campus after school for digital learning. First, the FCC should place professional development on the Eligible Services List, so teachers and staff can learn how to integrate technology into their lesson plans. Otherwise, when teachers take their students to the computer lab they will not be able to engage in meaningful instruction that enhances students' digital learning experiences. Second, the FCC should prioritize staffing costs on the Eligible Services List so that schools in low wealth neighborhoods can keep computer labs open for at least two hours after school.
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