The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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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.

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.

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

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic

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Smartphones don’t equal home access: Students may have a phone, but that doesn’t mean they have home WiFi, unlimited data, or live in an area with a strong signal. Teachers have access issues too: Not all teachers have high-speed internet or unlimited data either. Adjust access and support accordingly. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. By Stacey Pusey.

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

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Yet, 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and tech-supported education are today’s reality. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. edWeb Blog CoSN Digital equity and access district leadership Educational Technology rural districts

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A letter of support

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We provide access. Without this access, students ignore thousands of dollars of content their parents’ tax dollars support. Without physical and intellectual access to these resources, students will not be prepared for the similar high quality academic content they will encounter at the university. School librarians ensure that all students have equitable access to these tools. Access to these tools is an intellectual freedom issue.

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Critical Steps for Safeguarding Data Privacy

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CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

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Show stakeholders that when investing in technology, you need to examine all costs from the impact on bandwidth to teacher training and student-home access. Reach out to the business community to provide your students with internships, apprenticeships, and access to technology.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

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CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. By Eileen Belastock.

Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

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Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs

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After three years of utilizing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy with my classes at Nassau Community College, I have seen how tools like tablets and laptops can lead to better academic engagement. It’s why mobile access has been one of the most important means of connecting students to their academic resources. Access to connectivity is vital to a successful classroom BYOD policy, so these issues are largely taken care of by an institution.

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Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product ? Impero Education Pro ? at ISTE 2018

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Impero also offers Impero EdLink , a mobile device management tool to help schools manage one-to-one initiatives and BYOD programs. It partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

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Some are also becoming de facto internet service providers as they try to provide WiFi accessibility. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. Budgets.

What the Pandemic Has Revealed About Digital Equity Initiatives

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Before COVID-19, home internet access for all students was a goal—one that some districts even thought they had achieved. First, the pandemic exposed what Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley School District (CA), called the false positives of 100% home internet access.

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Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

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A key element in any remote or hybrid scenario is equitable access to technology, and Dr. Domenech cited an estimate that as many as 14 million students still don’t have the equipment they need to receive an equitable education in areas where schools may be closed. By Robert Low.

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

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While teachers may complain, having website filters and blocks can decrease the possibility of criminals accessing the schools’ tech through the web. Additional questions include: Who has access to data on site and at a vendor? Do you know where your data is stored?

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

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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. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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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. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

The New Design for School Networks

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School- and district-wide wireless internet access is no longer a nice-to-have—it’s a must have. And with staff, teachers, parents, and students needing 24/7 access, there’s never a good time for down time. Moreover, now that almost all of a school’s information—from student grades to employee information to building finances—is digital, districts need to make access a high priority.

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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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While the presenters named several reasons they chose to move to the cloud, their top reason was equitable access to edtech. First, all programs are accessible to all students and teachers. If one pathway goes down, students and teachers will still have access. In May 2018, district residents approved the first millage increase in 31 years for upgrades related to instructional innovation, school safety, technology access, and career development.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

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This means, said Robbins, that principals and superintendents need to understand the realities of home tech access for their students. 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. Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we?

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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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. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

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Make equitable access a priority. Typically, one goal of a 1:1 environment is 24/7 access to learning for both students and teachers. Many students, though, may not have ready access to the Internet at home. 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. Step 1: Make a plan.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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Lilly explained that his schools, for instance, have frequent administrative access audits to ensure they can’t see information, like social security numbers, they shouldn’t. In addition, Cabrera pointed out that as schools develop anywhere, anytime access; as they add more cyber components to school operations; and as they use more services that highlight interoperability, schools are even more exposed. Of course cyber security is necessary in education.