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It seems like everyone, from the President, the Secretary of Education and the Chairman of the FCC to local newspapers, is saying schools need more broadband. And prestigious panels like the Aspen Institute and LEAD Commission are calling for a different kind of learning environment in schools to foster new 21st century skills.
As the nation’s largest broadband provider, the cable industry certainly appreciates the value of a robust broadband network and quality digital content for education, but we also realize that simply pumping up capacity, or dropping a bunch of laptops into students’ hands isn’t going to fundamentally change what happens in the classroom or create that new learning environment.
That’s why Cable Impacts, the industry’s foundation dedicated to corporate social responsibility, teamed with two leading education organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, to create an new resource for schools and educators, Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments, www.roadmap21.org.
The Roadmap is a free planning tool designed specifically for education leaders to help schools get the most value out of their investments in high-speed broadband and digital content by crafting a comprehensive strategy to create 21st century learning environments. It was created with input from forty experts and is offered, free of charge and copyright cleared to educators.
The 21st century learning environments that schools are being asked to create are classrooms and buildings where, in addition to traditional subjects, like math, English and science, skills like critical thinking and collaboration are also learned and where that learning is personalized, adaptive and even self-directed.
Creating these environments requires a comprehensive plan that goes well beyond the technology and infrastructure and looks at all factors of the education system, such as leadership and school culture, teacher professional development, assessment and accountability systems. Yet schools often don’t have the planning experience or tools to manage this kind of transformation.
The Roadmap was created to help education leaders make their own comprehensive plans, customized for their unique circumstances. And it comes at an important juncture, when the FCC’s enhancements to the e-Rate are directing significantly more money for broadband to schools and libraries and when states and localities are ramping up their broadband plans to incorporate digital curriculum and computer-based, online testing.
In a few years we will all want to look back and see that our investments in broadband and digital content, in new standards and assessments were successful and that students are graduating better prepared for college and careers. To get there, however, we need a clear path. And mapping that path is what the Roadmap is all about.
Technology plus time equals more technology. It’s a pretty simple equation and it’s held true throughout history. Even still, when we take a step back and look at how much progress broadband technology has made made, it’s hard not to be awe-struck.
A little less than twenty years ago, the fastest Internet in most homes was via a 56.6 Kbps modem. That’s about enough speed to download a one-megabyte file in six minutes. But things are different now. The majority of broadband Internet customers have access to over 100 Mbps and several communities are starting to get gigabit broadband. Gigabit customers have access to about a billion bits per second, enough to download a thousand-megabyte file in eight seconds.
Cable providers started delivering gigabit broadband last year. In fact, last week Cox announced even more of its residential customers were getting gigabit speeds. Brighthouse has been delivering it for quite some time now. And Comcast has begun building out its gigabit network to deliver later this year.
What will you do with your gig?
A typical subscriber in North America downloads over 57GB of data each month, but what does that much information look like?
Network usage is proliferating exponentially, driven in large part by video streaming, according to the latest Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report. The typical subscriber in North America consumes an average of around 57GB of data each month, which represents a 13GB increase from the 44.5 GB just one year ago. It’s also important to note that a large percentage of users greatly exceed the Sandvine published average, using in the hundreds of gigabits per month.
The sheer volume of information at our fingertips can be easy to take for granted without a bit of context.
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