Doug Levin

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education.

IRS Official to Schools: “One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams We’ve Seen”

Doug Levin

“This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns.

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10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. The primary author of the study ( Binbin Zheng, Ph.D.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Blockchain Misconceptions and the Future of Education

Doug Levin

Blockchain technology may seem magical, but it is not magic. For every advantage it may offer over traditional approaches to ‘big iron’ centralized, proprietary IT systems, it imposes new requirements on its users.

A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Last year at this time, I had some words about the treatment of technology in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Three Things to Know about the New Title IV SSAEG Program Guidance

Doug Levin

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program (as authorized by Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act ).

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S., and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** I suspect that some will claim that this is a difference without a distinction. Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic.

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In the News: On the Future of Maine’s Laptop Program

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Maine 1-to-1 Computing Initiative Under Microscope.” Education Week. 30 August 2016. Such uncertainty speaks directly to the need for better monitoring of technology’s use and impact in K-12, said Douglas Levin, the president of EdTech Strategies LLC, a consulting organization.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

On FCC Support for Schools Under a Trump Administration

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Molnar, Michele and Davis, Michelle R. Post-Election Positioning: Implications for Education Companies.” EdWeek Market Brief. 11 November 2016. A Trump-appointed FCC could go another way, said Douglas A. Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, LLC. “I strongly suspect that under a Trump Administration there will be pressure to reduce the overall universal service fee, which would put pressure on the E-rate and other programs,” Levin said.

Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Doug Levin

Since at least 2007, Education Next has commissioned an annual public opinion poll to help inform the K-12 education policy discussion in DC and the states, as well as to suggest lines of inquiry for further research.

Three Questions for Every School District About Their Student Data Security Practices

Doug Levin

For those who care about the privacy of student information, it is equally important to address issues of IT security – for even the best privacy policies and laws are meaningless if student data is left exposed to unauthorized personnel on school computers or out on the internet.

Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

This Evening’s Homework Requires the Use of the Internet

Doug Levin

A new study conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation , the Family Online Safety Institute , and myCollegeOptions (with data collected in March 2015) suggests that the use of technology and the internet is commonplace in the American high school experience: 98.5%

How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

Doug Levin

Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, Gamification and Cryptocurrency, Oh My!

Doug Levin

For First Time Ever, Majority of U.S. Grade 3-8 Students to Test Online in Spring 2016

Doug Levin

Today, I’m pleased to release a new research brief entitled Pencils Down: The Shift to Online & Computer-Based Testing – U.S. K-8 Market (2015-16 School Year).

A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

Why Are We Biased Against Games for Learning?

Doug Levin

The topic of games for learning is garnering more widespread attention than it ever has, thanks in no small part to high-profile evangelism from folks as prominent as those at the White House and U.S.

Personalized Learning Advocates Seek to Opt Out

Doug Levin

In the News: On Digital Security Audits of School Districts

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Doran, Leo. State K-12 Cybersecurity Audit Finds Missouri District Unprepared.” Education Week. 27 April 2016. “It is a very comprehensive report ,” said Doug Levin, the president of EdTech Strategies LLC, a consulting group. “Clearly the auditor has developed a framework for best practices.”

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation.

K-12 Cyber Incident Map: 8 School Districts Have Experienced Multiple Cyber Incidents Since 2016

Doug Levin

One interesting and potentially concerning trend that has emerged in compiling data for the K-12 Cyber Incident Map is that the number of schools and/or districts that have experienced multiple cyber incidents is increasing. This may be due to an increased reliance on technology for teaching, learning and school operations as compared to other districts and hence a greater exposure to cyber risks. It could be due to bad luck.

Smart Changes Proposed to ESSA Title IV Program Design

Doug Levin

Like many I was both puzzled and troubled by the Obama Administration’s request of $500 million for the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV block grant program, less than a third of the authorized maximum. Given the great variety of needs the program is intended to address and the complex, layered structure for allocating program funds , even a fully funded program would be challenged to make a real difference in many communities across the country.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons. Credit where it is due: the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform expanded coverage of the topic and, while not perfect, is much improved. Here is what savvy readers should know about this year's findings. Blog Research Insights EdNext equity online learning research school reform

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

Published in 2008, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” predicted that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet. Blog blended learning Disrupting Class online learning virtual schools

In the News: On Sony Pursuing Blockchain Applications for Education

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Cavanagh, Sean. Sony Vows to Bring ‘Blockchain’ Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12? EdWeek Market Brief. 25 February 2016.

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In the News: On Successfully Administering Computerized Tests

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Solochek, Jeffrey. Despite fixes, computer testing troubles still likely for Florida schools in 2016.” Tampa Bay Times. 19 February 2016. Yet there’s almost no way to guarantee trouble-free computerized testing on a stage as large as Florida’s, experts said.

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Students in schools implementing personalized learning - by virtue of a receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant - are less likely to reporting feeling safe in school, less likely to report that there is at least one adult in the school that knows them well, and less likely to say they feel like they are an important part of their school community. Blog Personalized Learning Research Insights personalized learning RAND Corporation

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The Layers of ESSA: Educational Technology in Title IV – 21st Century Schools, Part A.

U.S K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

Doug Levin

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 18 Edition)

Doug Levin

We have a choice to make about the future of instructional materials in a digital age. As physical books are replaced by digital replicas and - increasingly - by interactive software, do we continue to believe that public school instructional materials should be subject to public inspection? EdTech News News news

Should We Be Sending Students Who Hack Their Schools to Jail?

Doug Levin

Some trends are emerging in reviewing the data assembled for the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. One trend involves how K-12 students caught being involved in and/or instigating school cyber incidents are being punished. Consider this select sample of stories from 2016 to present: “ Police charged a Franklin Regional High School senior with launching a series of cyber attacks against more than a dozen local school districts, the Catholic diocese and Westmoreland County government.”