Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

The Future Ready Frame work , a dynamic, research-based support for school leaders, created by Future Ready Schools? Many are also taking advantage of the hundreds of free tools found in the Future Ready Dashboard.

Are you a Future Ready Librarian?

eSchool News

That pioneering work led to Future Ready Librarians , an extension of the national Future Ready Schools initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Despite seeing glasses as half-full, I will acknowledge that not all school librarians are Future Ready.

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Future Ready Schools® Announces New Program for School and District Technology Leaders


During five upcoming FRS institutes in Fall 2018, FRS Tech Leaders will tap an active network of like-minded educators beyond their own school, district, and state to share ideas and examples to overcome barriers to implementation, and for help and advice when challenges arise.

Our Kids Need You

Tom Murray

For those with access, it makes opportunities plentiful, as connectivity is a lifeline for progress. With access, opportunities abound. In 2018, huge equity issues remain prevalent. million more students have high-speed Internet access than in 2013.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

Now is the time to redefine readiness

eSchool News

Technology is also changing the structure of work, due in large part to the lower coordination costs afforded by the Internet and the access to an expanded labor pool resulting from globalization. Depending on what kinds of societal supports we put in place, people could increasingly bear responsibility not just for managing participation in the employment landscape, but also for getting ready for it. What will future work look like?

Life After 1:1 #Lead3

There is no box

Every student has access to an Internet connected mobile device. If you are at a district that has entered the 21st Century and made the decision to provide technology access to every student, congratulations, you’ve taken you’re first step into a larger world. 1:1 Commentary edtech future readyNow what?

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

Fierce & Future Ready 7. Google terms like "your subject area, your level, lesson plan, unit, & rubric" you can also later add in search terms like "future ready," "framework," "technology integration," or "printables." That's a lot of ready's!)

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

At every single phase of my visit—from checking in, to the nurse evaluation, to accessing my chart for lab work—this new system wreaked havoc. As aligns with our mission to promote and make more accessible free and open education resources, most of the tools needed to develop learner resilience are free. Pew research suggests just 24 percent of US adults with less than a high-school diploma have home broadband access, while further Pew research indicates 95 percent of U.S.

Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

Keep reading to check out brief summaries of our proposed panels, and click each link you’re interested in to “Vote Up” that submission, now through August 30, 2018. What happens in a Future Ready Library?

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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about


Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. FRS (Future Ready Schools). Future ready here specifically refers to high school learners who can leverage technology for better career and higher education options.

Skyward Honors 2018 Leader in Excellence Winners at iCon


20, 2018) ­– Over 350 administrators, educators, and industry experts from around the world gathered in St. The three-day interactive event set a new attendance record and gave attendees access to sessions matching their specific roles and responsibilities. Based on the theme “Passport to the Future,” the conference brought together attendees and Skyward leaders to discuss how districts can leverage education technology to put their future-ready district on the map.

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: January 11, 2018. Kathleen: No, not everyone is doing something different in the classroom, but the learner’s actually having some choice in what they do and how they access information. Kathleen: Yeah, well, I’d just like to introduce you to Universal Design for Learning, and the terms, Access , Engage , and Express , that really represent the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Using the lens of Access, Engage, and Express.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: April 25, 2018. If a school claims that it’s “future ready” and they’re not giving every student access to financial literacy, they can just stop pretending that they’re future ready. Because if you’re not ready to manage money, you’re not ready for your future. Brian Page on episode 295 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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The Spring 2018 Global Education Fair (Online) - May 4th!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join us live on Friday, May 4th, for the Spring 2018 Global Education Fair , a free, virtual meet and greet for teachers and school districts to connect with global organizations and projects. The Global Education Fair is modeled after traditional vendor or college fairs, but takes place entirely online, allowing participants from all corners of the world to access information about the best global education resources and programs. Looking to take your school global?

Game On: Teachers Should Continue to Gamify Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Concepts like state of matter, structure of atoms and chemical reactions become accessible in Minecraft through the immersive world and these brand-new tools,” Minecraft Education Director Neal Manegold says in the blog. Game On: Teachers Should Continue to Gamify Classrooms. jena.passut_7651.

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools


Baltimore, MD – July 12, 2018 – Edtech company Workbench Education today announced the expansion of a partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Future-ready skills ?

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose


Access to New Education Technology and Resources We’ve seen some incredible progress from districts over the past few years in this area. But despite progress, work remains: according to Future Ready Schools , 21 million U.S. The students affected by a lack of digital access at school are those who need it the most. Access, among other factors in equity, can be strengthened through community engagement.

Schools Need Robust Networks to Support Internet of Things

EdTech Magazine

Recognizing the value of smart and connected classrooms, most school districts are experimenting with the Internet of Things or plan to do so in the near future. But will current K–12 networks be ready to carry the onslaught of additional traffic? School districts would be wise to consider now what capacity and capabilities their networks will need to support smart devices and IoT applications in the near future. Ready or Not, Now's the Time to Prepare for IoT.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

But, are the students ready for what awaits them? According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Among parents surveyed, 7 in 10 say that their child’s future success depends on them developing technology-use skills, which is also central to a ­personalized-learning model.

What Is a Modern Learning Environment?

EdTech Magazine

Education has shifted dramatically in recent decades — from an emphasis on fact memorization through “drill and kill” and “sage on the stage” teaching styles to a focus on higher-order thinking and future-ready skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. For a time, many schools relied on laptop carts, but this solution was cumbersome, with teachers unsure of when they would have access to the technology, and whether the computers would be powered up when they needed them.

8 benefits of cloud-printing solutions

eSchool News

Printers need to be functional and loaded with supplies, staff and students must have proper access to the right printer, we must support an ever-growing pool of school and personal devices, and it must all be done affordably. Recent private-sector innovation, driven by a more mobile workforce and the rapid growth of co-working spaces, has brought about print-management solutions with tools we can leverage to make districts future ready.

How We Empowered and Engaged Latino Parents—by Building a Tech Community


demonstrating how to access their student’s attendance and academic records. At the end of one evening session, as we were discussing how to contact teachers and to access attendance, we heard a parent in the back of the room talking loudly to their child. Matt Hiefield is a Future Ready teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at Beaverton School District in Oregon.

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools


Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 Since 1996, we have worked with our customers to design and engineer high-capacity and future-ready broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, cloud, and security solutions. Austin, TX, Oct.

Tennessee?s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


June 20, 2018) – Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools (HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.


State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Now, students always have access to current materials.

The Jobs of Today May Not Exist Tomorrow – How do we Prepare Students?

Indiana Jen

The more I read about future-readiness, 21st century skills, job market reports, and advances in technology (especially AI), the more I understand this to be true. Recently, PEW Research published a report on the Future of Jobs & Job Training. This report reaffirmed the fact that in the near future, millions of jobs will be lost to automation and AI that can do these tasks not only just as well, but often better than their human counterparts.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services. The program specifically addresses digital equity and access, and exposes our students to digital citizenship, social responsibility, and collaborative learning communities.

AV that Makes the Grade


If you want to prepare for the future of educational technology, start by exploring the past. One example of a project that has sparked new ways of thinking in students is the 2018 collaboration between Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada, and Pheasey Park Farm Primary School in Birmingham, UK. Interactive whiteboards that are easy to use, offer cloud access, and have more budget-friendly price points appeal to modern school districts that may want to standardize.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


May 16, 2018) – Texas’ Richardson Independent School District (RISD) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the district’s new, three year “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative. Through the “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative, RISD seeks to transform the Berkner Feeder Pattern’s culture and pedagogy.

Creating Empathy with Coding


Kevin is the author of The 20time Project: How Educators can Launch Google’s Formula for Future-Ready Innovation and Code In Every Class: How All Educators Can Teach Programming.

A Quick Return to My #EdTech Foundations

The Playground Advocate

EdTech empowers future-ready skills development. EdTech provides access to the world's resources. A good friend of mine asked me to share my five best arguments for why technology should be integrated into the curriculum or a teacher's practice.

STEAM Learning


From the early 1990s, educators and policy makers in US felt that the US was trailing behind other countries in science and maths and would need to increase student proficiency in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in order to develop a future workforce which will ensure its position as a global leader. Ensure easily accessible, cross-platform, reusable, integrable tools and programs that can be easily integrated with arts and crafts material.


School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Know If Your Infrastructure Is Future Ready. Can we add devices without worrying about reliable Internet access? With personalized student learning at the center, The Future Ready Framework provides a roadmap to support districts in their digital conversion.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

Education Superhighway

Last week in Pendleton, Oregon, Governor Kate Brown, signed the Connecting Oregon Schools Fund (HB 4023) to ensure that all K-12 public schools in the state can access high-speed, affordable Internet. Building on the state’s Future Ready plans, this fund helps expand efforts to bring fiber-optic connections to students in rural and remote areas.