Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Effective Advocacy. This has been the core of the open source software advocacy strategy – not appeals to altruism, and certainly not moralizing grandstanding – but a rational, self-interested explanation of why a business would benefit from adopting the open source model. Preface. Here’s a trivia question for you: which American organization has produced the largest number of open textbooks?

Opportunities, Coding Advocacy and Credibility

RafranzDavis.com

Also…these opportunities would be accessible to every child…EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. I don’t view tech as a “product” that kids must do in order to “show learning” At the same token, I think that it should be accessible because for some…the tech is how they learn and I’m good with that. I am a mother and aunt who is watching her kids being “tested to comatose state”, with zero access to technology.

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Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations

Edsurge

On April 1, the same day the council launched, the Department of Education announced proposed rules that would make it easier for colleges to offer new models for online programs, and also allow more kinds of higher education providers access to aid money, reports the Washington Post.

Continuing Advocacy Programs and Forging New Partnerships Are Keys to Creating Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Access Points Networking Wi-FiBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez With the help of corporations and communities, schools are stepping up to bridge the homework gap.

New Partnership Provides Texas Educators Easy Access to Critical Data

eSchool News

As a part of this initiative, MAP Growth data will transfer seamlessly into DMAC , enhancing this valuable tool used by Texas educators by providing quicker access to student data that supports instruction and student achievement. Portland, Ore.,

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Providing access to technology is important but not a complete solution when it comes to getting rid of systemic disparities caused by issues like income inequality, geographic isolation, or discrimination.

More Than Half of High Schools Offer Computer Science, But Access Isn’t Equal

Edsurge

That’s according to the 2021 State of Computer Science report jointly released last week by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance.

Broken system: Child care subsidies ensure low-quality, limit access

The Hechinger Report

This is a major investment that the country should make in terms of supporting early childhood and access to child care.”. Access to high-quality child care and education during the early stages of a child’s like should not be a privilege reserved for the children of the rich.”

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The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.

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. This led the Alliance for Excellent Education (and its partners) – inexplicably – to rally around this goal with the uninspirational ‘ 99 in 5 ‘ campaign instead of pushing for universal access.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

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.

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations

Edsurge

Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs. And in February, nonprofit advocacy organization U.S.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? The inclusive access model’s goal of reducing the cost of textbooks apparently reminded the article’s author of OER, because she includes some discussion of OER toward the end of the article. When we focus on cost, we put inclusive access and OER on equal footing.

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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

A lot of our kids don’t have internet access,” said Coe, who knows students who routinely head to the library or the town’s McDonald’s to get online. For students who don’t have online access, we’re happy to be able to provide this,” said Seeta Pai, executive director of education at WGBH.

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

CUE

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access. – Advocacy Efforts Result in Passage of AJR 7 in CA State Legislature – Walnut Creek, Calif., September 22, 2017 Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Find new ways to connect with students in or out of the classroom with easy-to-access resources from the six programs below: . Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

When Colleges Sign ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Deals, Can Students and Professors Opt Out?

Edsurge

Yet the contract terms for these subscription arrangements—which some publishers call “inclusive access” programs—raise questions about whether publishers and colleges pressure students into participating.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

EdTechSandyK

Second barrier is lack of access to digital high speed connections at home. We need to make sure people have a way to access the content. How can we budget for digital access for those who need it without budgeting for those who don''t? Equal access for children of poverty is an issue. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could.

Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

The Daring Librarian

Langston Hughes Academy Charter in New Orleans, Lousiana is using the grant to hire a full-time librarian and build a centralized computer lab area for students Copenhagen School District in Copenhagen, New York is using the grant to provide internet access for a rural community with limited internet resources and create a "Library without Limits." action Advocacy ALA Carolyn Foote joyce valenza lettersforlibraries wiki save school libraries school libraries

SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

SETDA Says

Today, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsThese rules were. read more.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Living digital equity involves thinking of each child and their individual and communal needs and actively seeking to provide access, resources, opportunity, standards, and support to all children, “especially groups that are and have been historically marginalized.”

Thurmond’s Resolution to Expand Technology for Students and Teachers Passes Committee

CUE

In this ever-changing world, it is vitally important that all California students have equitable access to […]. News advocacy Legislative AdvocacySACRAMENTO – ACR 268, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for a renewed statewide focus on resources and support for technology in K-12 education. The resolution passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with unanimous and bipartisan support. “In

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

CUE Advocates for All of Us

CUE

Why CUE Legislative Advocacy? Because everyday students walk across busy intersections and freeway overpasses to gain access to the business and libraries that provide the free wifi connection they need in order to complete their online homework, which is becoming a standard part of the educational experience. Inspire News advocacy

CUE Legislative Update – June 2020

CUE

Legislative Advocacy

Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

COST: $95 /person - includes access to the live session as well as the recording, access to the attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. Please consider joining us for this special Library 2.0 75-minute webinar (live and recorded) with Dr. Sue Alman , this Thursday, February 21st, 2019 , at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. You do not need to attend the live session to purchase this webinar, but doing so allows you to participate in the Q+A.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

CUE

Legislative Advocacy

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Two New Library 2.0 Webinars: Library Advocacy + Marketing | Coaching Skills for Managers + Supervisors | ALSO: Active Shooter Response Recording

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Then, being announced today, is " Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques " with Dr. Sue Alman on February 21st. Webinars gives you access to the live Webinar, as well as any-time access to the recording afterward. LIBRARY ADVOCACY: EVERYDAY MARKETING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES" A 75-minute webinar (live and recorded) in a special Library 2.0 We have two new Library 2.0 Webinars coming up in February.

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

technology advocacy equity school libraries virtual libraries websitesWhether or not we are planning for a virtual experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience.

Twenty States Pass Legislation to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science

techlearning

access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the ? Code.org Advocacy Coalition ?, of more than 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. [ Since January 2018, 20 states have passed legislation and funded $49 million to expand. a group.

Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S. Senate

CUE

Senate introduced that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. News CUE Spark legislation Legislative AdvocacyEmily Tate, reporter at EdSurge, recently highlighted the Digital Equity Act – a bill that the U.S. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 is taking on the task of closing our nation’s “homework gap.” ” This […]. The post Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S.

OPINION: Too many Black and Latino students are ‘academically alone’ in advanced classes

The Hechinger Report

Attending classes with my mother introduced me to advanced concepts at an early age and empowered my mother to advocate for my access to advanced courses. Black and Latino students often lack access to advanced courses altogether.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Our students are granted the opportunity to flourish with access to knowledge, resources, the world of literature and the creation of school community. Students, particularly those from homes where books are not readily available, need access to books in every room of the school.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

OPINION: If we don’t act quickly, the student loan default system could plunge more families into poverty

The Hechinger Report

In addition, the federal government, states and colleges too often impose a series of harsh penalties that are unrelated to collecting payments, including restricting access to further federal aid, withholding a student’s academic transcripts and suspending professional and even driver’s licenses.

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CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

Getting More Students Through — Not Just To — College

Edsurge

Education Technology Diversity and Equity Access and Affordability Higher Education Policy & GovernmentWhat will it take to help more students graduate from college?