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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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. Creating authentic learning opportunities to equip a diverse body of students to identify and solve the world’s problems will require risk and change. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools.

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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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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 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. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. I felt like I was more of a test score, and learning was on the back burner.

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Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Future of Learning.

OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Students with disabilities, and especially those with invisible disabilities that affect how they learn, often struggle because of public misperceptions and stigmas. Through these experiences, Savannah has become an outspoken and passionate advocate for people with learning disabilities.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

But he learned Spanish and then English, staying after school for tutoring and moving on to honors and Advanced Placement classes. California’s part of the reason we’re seeing significant progress,” said Deborah Santiago, CEO of the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

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Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private. Learn more here.

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What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

She has learned to use technology-enabled woodcutting tools and is at work creating a virtual tour of her school, Laing Middle School in Charleston County, using another drone she built in the school’s Fab Lab.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

CUE

These tests stressed out teachers and students while undermining our children’s opportunities to learn for several weeks to frantic periods of test preparation. One major question would be whether the gateway tests are valid measures of student learning.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

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Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning.

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

The Hechinger Report

These students are increasingly the children of parents who helicoptered them through elementary, middle and high school or who didn’t go to college themselves and can’t provide much help with it. Those are not necessarily skills that they’re learning in K-12 education.”.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

It’s a really fun way to introduce financial literacy quiz questions, like Quiz Bowl format, questions in classrooms, anywhere from elementary to high school students.

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Civic Responsibility

Reading By Example

This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. It’s been a busy two months of building our learning community at school, connecting with kids, staff and families, and discussing our goals. If all ideas are essential, how do we determine what is taught and learned? You can access Rebell’s article at this URL: [link] ). Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan voting

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

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The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? I think blended learning has the potential to have a huge impact on education in India.”.

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Also, the elementary school with the most students to complete the summer reading challenge will earn a trophy to keep at the school for the year.

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Also, the elementary school with the most students to complete the summer reading challenge will earn a trophy to keep at the school for the year.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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Students with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or specific learning disabilities often have weaknesses with executive function, which makes it harder to organize their time and problem solve. So it was never tailored toward somebody with a learning disability.”.

A Teacher’s Guide to Toxic Stress in the Classroom

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Read on to learn what toxic stress is and how it can impact a student’s physical and mental well-being. 6] Students who are characterized as “difficult” or “bad-mannered” may be overwhelmed with toxic stress and unable to access the support they need because of the way others view them.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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They have to learn early.”. Related: Blue-collar town leads Rhode Island’s tech-assisted learning revolution. Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Spanish-Speaking Parents Struggle to Learn How Well Schools Serve Their Children

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If I don’t learn these statistics, my son will become a statistic. They are like, ‘Well you know what, these kids are not even learning,’ and they’re closing a lot of schools because of that data,” says Diaz, speaking about how officials in her community have used student outcomes to justify their decisions to close schools. But that hasn’t stopped Diaz from advocating for parents like her to have better access to and understanding of school data.

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Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. gadoeteachertakeover #spelling #spellingbee #writing #english #competition #googlehangout #google #community #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #elementary.

What Students With Learning Differences Really Want Us to Know

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But while there, we met someone who spoke about how edtech could better serve students with learning differences in a manner we’d never heard before. In fact, that individual, Ben Gurewitz, is a student with learning differences himself. That's when my parents formally knew that I had a learning difference, but we've kind of always known that something's been up since I was born. So, I think having these learning disabilities has played a tremendous part in my experiences.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. The goal, Busi explained, is personalized learning that fully accommodates students’ abilities and disabilities.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. What is personalized learning? based education reform advocacy group.

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. Districts are also finding a natural integration between computational thinking and maker learning. Elizabeth Forward, for example, implemented middle school-level robotics to engage students in maker learning and activate their imaginations before they begin advanced computer science coursework in high school. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

#FactFriday: It’s Computer Science Education Week!

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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 ExcelinEd.org/ITCS and Advocacy/Code.org.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

What Tom Learned when he quit high school his junior year. I heard the quote that, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” I think it goes back to where the pacing of our teaching has to be determined by the learning of our kids, not by a calendar.

Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

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Their collective stories of challenge, triumph and learning will underscore the far-reaching impact of the opioid crisis. The program’s immersive resources – focused on the science of addiction – include standards-aligned digital lessons, a self-paced e-learning module, a Virtual Field Trip series for classrooms, and a nationwide peer-to-peer video challenge that encourages teens to educate their peers about how drug use affects the brain and body.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

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But when it comes to policy that expands access to computer science education, legislators tend to be interested and in agreement. That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. Since the nonprofit Code.org began its advocacy work five years ago, the number of states with one or more computer science policies in place increased from 14 to 44.