1:1 iPads and Digital Learning in Belton ISD

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Image Source On Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, I attended iPadpalooza at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. The first session I attended at iPadpalooza was presented by Instructional Technology Coordinators Terice Schneider and Vicki Ventura of Belton Independent School District. Lessons Learned from and Tips for 1:1 Implementations Staff Development is KEY!!! Belton is paying for most of their implementation through the Texas Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA).

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

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The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious, highly selective institutions. The excitement about MOOCs from Princeton and others is that it gives the public access to materials that are otherwise available to a privileged few. Prestigious University = High Quality Digital Instructional Materials?

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. Now, students always have access to current materials.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Rob Lippincott, PBS PBS is working toward making more content digital (after spending over 40 years making TV educational). Examples of their initiatives include PBS TeacherLine, PBS LearningMedia, CPB Ready to Learn (PBS Kids), PBS Kids Lab (learning games).

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning. The ECMECC staff provides instructional technology support for districts, which is especially important for smaller ones that may not be able to have full-time tech support people of their own.

Shaping K-12 Learning Experiences with Online Mapping Activities

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In “ How Online Mapping Activities Shape Learning Experiences for K-12 Students ,” Charlie Fitzpatrick, K12 Manager at Esri; and Mike Wagner, Teacher at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, shared how online mapping can shape learning experiences for K-12 learners. Middle and high school students can engage using exercises to explore Darwin’s observations on the Galapagos islands, or learn more about the battles fought during the Civil War.