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Introducing The Idealis, An Open-Access Journal for Library and Information Science Research

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There’s a new resource for librarians looking for high-quality, open-access library and information science research, The Idealis. ” You can consult their collaboratively written Editorial Guidelines and submit your work (or work that you know of) to the website.

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

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Cal students in the Doe Library at UC Berkeley. The scrutiny, while challenging for these organizations, can yield improved accessibility of digital content over time if organizations heed the call. Accessibility is not optional.”. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

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Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education

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The college library, catalog, financial aid, admissions, registration, and of course, the school’s website, all have important digital services and are all easily accessible on the net. Under previous FCC action, internet-service providers (ISP) were prohibited from blocking, slowing-down or speeding-up access to web content and services. Under the new FCC guidelines, these historic protections will now be crippled.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Meanwhile, millions of American students trek to public libraries and fast-food restaurants to get online after school, or they go without — a problem known as the “homework gap.”. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007.

Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

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Following a year of retooling, the Amazon Inspire digital library reopened in public Beta this week. Amazon retreated into a private beta only available to those with a special access code. (I For more ways to access and use OER content, check out: Pearltrees on OER Portals.

How a Blind Student Who Felt Locked Out of STEM Classes Challenged—and Changed—Her University

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When Schlenker felt she wasn’t getting timely access to course materials in a form she could use, she filed a discrimination complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against Wichita State, with help from the National Federation for the Blind. As a result, Wichita State is making changes across campus to improve accessibility, including developing a plan to deliver accessible course materials to students who are blind at the same time as all students.

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?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

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Follett believes [the best practices] would effectively restrict access to low-cost used and rental course materials on campus,” the statement reads. and Ingram Book Group, have both complied with the publishers’ guidelines, which require the distributors to thoroughly verify who they purchase from and more closely scan for counterfeit textbooks. Ray Griffin, CEO of Follet, says his company has been working to find and remove counterfeit materials from its library.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The lying did not start on Inauguration Day – 20 January 2017. Google’s motto , remember, is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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“Obama administration guidelines for LGBT student protections under Title IX remain in place, and the student codes at Liberty and Bob Jones Universities appear to violate them,” says Inside Higher Ed. ” (Did you know he recorded his first mixtape at the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia studio ?). Via Campus Technology : “ Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending to Double in 2017.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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pic.twitter.com/gOvmSOjcSf — Shelly (@ShellySometimes) February 14, 2017. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students.” Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. Via Inside Higher Ed : “2017 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers.”

New York City Schools Reduce The Filter Divide

The Innovative Educator

Children's Internet Protection Act Because the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires filtering for schools receiving funding for low-income students to access the internet, many districts have simply gone too far.

Amazon’s Recent Account Closures Have Affected College Students Too

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That posed a particular problem for her since she needed her account to access an audiobook for a history class. “I A Facebook group dedicated to the issue has more than 4,000 members, with many detailing their efforts contacting Amazon to resolve the issue—and voicing their frustrations with not having access to their accounts. Instead, she had to check out a physical copy of the book from a library a city over from where she lives. “It

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

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For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to posttest by more than 50% and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.

2016 Global Education Conference Starts Sunday - Important Information!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The final live training is on Saturday, which you can access through the training page. Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor of Library Media Where Do The Children Play - Freda Goodman Why Baki Matters: Stories and Projects from Silk Road - Melda Yildiz, Ed.D.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017 school year after the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education agreed to remove prohibitive language and amend its policy,” the Salisbury Post reports. Education Politics.