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Massachusetts Rethinks Ed Tech by Reinventing State-Local Partnerships

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Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of state leaders. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Learning Equity of Access Personalized Learning digital learning equity of accessKenneth Klau is the Director. read more.

SETDA Applauds ConnectALL

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On March 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the ConnectALL Initiative, which aims to ensure that all Americans, including low-income families, have broadband access to the. Digital Learning ED Equity of Access FCC Policy Statement broadband equity of accessread more.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

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During last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Lifelineread more.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

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Through the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapread more.

SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

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Last week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to. Digital Learning Equity of Access Legislation OER Policyread more.

New York takes Digital Learning Mobile

SETDA Says

Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of SETDA members. Best Practices Digital Content Equity of Access Personalized Learning Professional Learning Project Based Learning Student voiceToday’s post comes from Stan. read more.

The Tech Angle Inside Obama’s 2017 Education Budget Proposal

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Next year's budget proposal for education is all about equity of access — but to get there, some educational technology items need to be funded. Classroom Funding Management Online Learning STEM

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

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state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. read more.

21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible, according to the plan’s website. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. The plan that the U.S.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology. Please read our comment , as well as all of the comments submitted.

Roadmap Supports building Digital Learning Environments

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1to1 Best Practices Digital Content Equity of Access Personalized Learning Professional Learning Research roadmap Cable Impacts, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and SETDA collaborated to develop the Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments, www.roadmap21.org. read more.

21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible, according to the plan’s website. The new National Education Technology Plan offers a vision and roadmap for technology-supported learning. The plan that the U.S.

Looking for the Best Sources of Content for Ed Tech ?

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This site and newsletter brings together the largest set of industry. 1to1 Digital Content E-Rate EETT Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Online Assessment Personalized Learning Professional LearningEd Tech Update has the answer… SETDA is excited to share Ed Tech Update. read more.

SETDA in the News: February Round Up

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February may have buried many in the Northeastern part of the United States in snow, but here in Washington, DC, there was lots of. E-Rate ED EETT Equity of Access FCC In the News Interoperability Online Assessment Privacy State boards read more.

SETDA in the News: January 2015 Round Up

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January 2015 brought lots of renewed energy and excitement to SETDA. At the beginning of the month, the Board of Director’s announced a new. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate ED Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Personalized Learning Policy read more.

Students’ ed-tech opinions might surprise you

eSchool News

Students see equity of access as a key ed-tech challenge for their schools, and they’d like to have newer technology in their classrooms. But they’re also more thoughtful about their tech use than many adults give them credit for, expressing concerns about distractions and a lack of face-to-face interaction when using devices in class.

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning

eSchool News

Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education announced a new six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide. In addition, all K-12 classrooms across the district will have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Chief technology officers and IT professionals in the K-12 field have a lot on their collective plates these days, what with the continued proliferation of technology in their schools, new governmental programs and compliance requirements, and the push to effectively integrate their technology in the classroom. Broadband equity. billion. Keith R.

New Chromebook App Easily Records and Automatically Uploads Classroom Video

Edthena

Since the 2011 release of the first Edthena Video Tool , the landscape of devices in schools has evolved. Today we’re announcing the launch of the Edthena Chromebook app for video recording and upload. At Edthena we want to increase teachers’ access to high-quality professional development. Designing for the device you already have. Technical achievements.

Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education

District Administration

Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. A common challenge with district technology initiatives, particularly BYOD or 1-to-1 programs, is equity of access—ensuring that all students can utilize the same technology, regardless of their socioeconomic status District Administration Custom Publishing Group.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. That includes instructional materials.

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The assessment shouldn’t tell you more about their use of a tool than it does about the student’s work using the tool. Students should be able to articulate and defend their tool choices, content inclusion, and degrees of audience interaction and how those choices affected the resulting product. The tools support the learning, they are not, in an of themselves, the learning objective.

Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

Discovery Education

Thanks to a series of community outreach efforts, students at the Longmont, CO school district are being immersed in their science education through a career context. In this interview with Discovery Education, O’Toole shares some of the exciting things happening at St. Vrain, and where he sees the future of STEM heading. Vrain is all about instilling a culture of innovation.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). And it wasn’t designed to be primarily a program by which students could develop technology skills (although that was part of it). Yet most students have some sort of device of their own now.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). And it wasn’t designed to be primarily a program by which students could develop technology skills (although that was part of it). Over the years, MLTI has drifted to emphasizing the equity of access to technology. Yet most students have some sort of device of their own now. These are certainly important skills and strategies, but fall far from the mark of crating.

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology , was the quarterback of the 2016 NETP and joined me in a recent webinar to discuss the plan.

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

Since 2013, close to a third of the US school districts have charged into “one-to-one” digital instruction, putting a computer in the hands of every student—and the number is growing. EdSurge will be hosting hundreds of local teachers and administrators, along with dozens of edtech companies from around the country, at our Summit on Dec. In their district-wide tech plan for 2016 to 2022 , Renton set a goal of reaching a 1:1 device-to-student ratio for all middle and high schoolers in the 2019-2020 school year. 2 to 3! Hotspots and YouTube and WiFi, Oh My!

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. Instead, the idea of connectivity envisioned for the future is that technology will serve as a means to connect students to teachers, and allow all students to experience the same access to their interests regardless of demographics.

The database “thing” state-by-state

NeverEndingSearch

Though I am very familiar with the state resources of PA, and I am getting to know those of NJ, I realize I am not all that knowledgeable of what existed beyond the two states I spend the most time in. I meet with educators and many others who seem quite unaware of the resources provided for citizens by their state libraries. I hope I have the right links for each state.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. Instead, the idea of connectivity envisioned for the future is that technology will serve as a means to connect students to teachers, and allow all students to experience the same access to their interests regardless of demographics.

Building a Shared Vision Part 3: How Will We Get There?

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The process enters its final phase with reflecting on your vision of where you’d like students to live, work, and learn, then asking your participants to return to “today” and think “Let’s all get to work …” Without a plan, the vision created in the futuring phase will remain at best a dream. These are the kind of learning experiences you want for your students.