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. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

Opportunities, Coding Advocacy and Credibility

Also…these opportunities would be accessible to every child…EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. 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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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. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access


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. Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example. TL Advisor Blog

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle. 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.

Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

The Daring Librarian

ALA: Arne Duncan Talks about the Role of Libraries in Economic Recovery labels: action, Advocacy, ALA, Carolyn Foote, Joyce Valenza, school libraries. action Advocacy ALA Carolyn Foote joyce valenza lettersforlibraries wiki save school libraries school libraries

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


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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

#AskExcelinEd: How has access to computer science education increased in the past year?

ExcelinEd and members of the Advocacy Coalition – of which ExcelinEd is a member – have been working on improving access to high-quality computer science opportunities for all students.

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


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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. The post CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown appeared first on CUE Blog. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

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


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.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.


A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.

CUE Responds to Net Neutrality: The FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality but.   


Net neutrality prevents Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from censoring access to content they don’t like, giving higher speeds to content providers who pay more, and charging different rates to consumers to access different types of sites. Administrator Advocacy

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator.

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Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

However, many informal learning programs compound the privilege of those with access to them while traditionally underserved students are often denied the safe spaces and additional learning opportunities that OST learning experiences can provide.

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Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not. Equitable access should be a part of a larger discussion about how the schools are serving their students’ needs.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach


— Special Guest Editorial to the CUE Blog — Over the past several years, there has been an ever-increasing uproar about the over-testing of our children, especially the big standardized tests imposed by the No Child Left Behind Law. A Bold New Approach appeared first on CUE Blog.

If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will

Dangerously Irrelevant

Unfortunately, two decades after the Internet became accessible to the masses, many educators still are slow to realize the possibilities that accompany our new digital tools and online environments. As a faculty member who has an outsized social media presence ( 53,000+ Twitter followers ; video series with 100+ million views ; one of the top education blogs in the world , etc.), blog posts.

Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Teachers have access to opportunities and resources that guide the effective implementation of CBE in their classrooms and have an intimate understanding of its power. Student advocacy reinforced Kettle Moraine’s implementation of CBE and expanded opportunities around personalized learning. For example, students lobbied for things like more internet access by using social media to post personalized learning videos on YouTube.

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 40 of #10MT Interviews Daisy Dyer Duerr From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. The need for more rural education advocacy. Blog: [link].

Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

The Christensen Institute

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect. Education BlogIn a recent New York Times op-ed , Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

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Enhancing Civic Education with Game-Based Learning


We are experiencing a rising tide of advocacy for high quality civic education across the nation. Fortunately, online game-based learning can provide students with greater access to these experiences while also taking more traditional class simulations to the next level.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Community Engagement and Advocacy. Blog Educator Micro-credentials Educators League of Innovative SchoolsPioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula.

To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

(I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.). Educators feel the same way when we discover a new strategy or method and then think about all of the students we had in the past who did not have access to this better practice. Advocacy Community engagement Leader as a Reader Leadership Literacy Reading Soapbox Jim Trelease Mem Fox Stephen Layne wsra

XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Although low-skilled adults have minimal access to educational opportunities, I outlined in my 2015 blog post some ways in which technology has the potential to provide critical access to quality, personalized learning experiences for this underserved population. It has spurred the publication of white papers, launch of incubators and conferences, as well as interest amongst journalists and advocacy groups. Adult Learning Blog Educators Entrepreneurs From the CEO

Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college

The Hechinger Report

a retired English teacher who blogs about education and is the Colorado coordinator of the Education Policy Fellowship Program. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Investigations Law and policy

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Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

based education advocacy group. “It After everybody chose a symbol, she introduced the students to options for their presentations, such as creating a mini-blog or using digital presentation tool called Wixie that allows students to weave together text, images and their own voice.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


No longer would they be compelled to purchase textbooks each year, but they would have freedom to choose digital content and the technological equipment necessary for students to access the digital content.

Educators Take Action in the Afterschool for All Challenge

Educator Innovator

All students should have access to these life-changing opportunities, yet 18 million children who would like to participate don’t have a program available in their community. This year, the Afterschool Alliance is excited to team up with Educator Innovator and recognize your advocacy efforts when you take action in the Afterschool for All Challenge. Afterschool Alliance Educator Innovator Blog advocacy afterschool alliance badges

#FactFriday: It’s Computer Science Education Week!


Yet not everyone has the chance to access this critical subject. Learn how your state can expand access to high-quality computer science education to unlock lifelong opportunities for students at and Advocacy/

#FactFriday: AP Computer Science participation on the rise – including for female and minority students

ExcelinEd and members of the Advocacy Coalition – of which ExcelinEd is a member – have been working on improving access to high-quality computer science opportunities for all students. Although access to computer science is growing, many students remain on the sidelines.

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

Doug Levin

To advocates, as the saying goes, don’t pat yourselves on the back for the limited successes to date, you’re liable to hurt yourselves and leave school districts to pick up the pieces. ** I am not a lawyer, and this blog does not offer legal advice. Blog Privacy Security