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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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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. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary.

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. First, the presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to provide students with a competitive education.

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

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to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. 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. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford Biography as Submitted Tom Loud is a first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee.

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CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

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One of the most positive developments in education technology in recent years has been the ever-growing adoption of digital instructional programs. We recognize that our idea works best when every child has full-time access to a computer.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

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

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Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. Another net-zero elementary school, also designed by VMDO, is to open in 2019.

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

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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.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

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Ray heads up Future Ready Librarians, part of Future Ready Schools — a network for sharing education technology solutions, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based based education advocacy group. “It

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

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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. Rodrigo Chinchon changed his major two years into college and ended up 15 credits behind.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

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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. Kelley, Superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97, IL, explained, this isn’t about deciding what technology a district uses.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. I am overwhelmed with joy for my students because I know now they each stand a better chance of being a successful student,” said Regina Trout, who teaches the second-year kindergarteners at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown. And various technology companies — from no-name startups to behemoths like Pearson — boast of new programs meant to facilitate this style of education.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan

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From Kim Borden’s Plainfield Elementary School Library Reopening Plan and COVID Response. Kim shared that she and her colleagues often describe advocacy in the context of the neverending burden of Sysyphus. technology

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.

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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. Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair. gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #makered #makerspace #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #robot #robotics #stem #steam #technology #coding #hourofcode #tlchat #proudtobeccsd.

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.

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. Education Technology Coding Technology in School

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

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Previously, these were key elements in developing a strategic technology plan. In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning: Aligning Priorities, Costs, Outcomes and Sustainability,” the presenters discussed new items that must become part of strategic plans.

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

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Implementing distance learning for schools like Hopi High would have been difficult even under the best of circumstances — the school is located on a vast reservation where families often lack access to internet and computers.

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

Digital Promise

Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) Director of Technology Mark Ray stated, “When students can control and build something and have an opportunity to have a small amount of control, it is powerful for engagement in school and as individuals.” VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking.

Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

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In March, at ASCD Empower, which is a conference for educators with a focus on equity, she presented with Becca Mui, an education manager at GLSEN , an LGBTQ advocacy group focused on schools. A gender-neutral bathroom is a really critical bathroom that students should have access to.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

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1. Access to challenging curriculum and instruction. In elementary school, the classroom teacher often serves that function. In many middle and high schools, an advisory or advocacy program is often included. We worked with an elementary school that had multi-grade wings for long-term personalization. Digital Featured How Learning Works TechnologyBy Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. Tom Loud is first grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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In 2017 the district opened MOSAIC, a personalized learning elementary school, and created the MyPath program, which allows high school students to create their own class. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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

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But that hasn’t stopped Diaz from advocating for parents like her to have better access to and understanding of school data. Both attend Dover Elementary School where student achievement in math and English decreased significantly during the last year. According to data from the California School Dashboard , Dover Elementary School has also seen significant drops in achievement for both ELL students and those who have been reclassified, after passing exams, from ELL to proficient.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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million into schoolwide technology upgrades. One in five Greeley residents lives below the poverty level, and the school district is trying to upgrade its technology to give students an economic boost. We literally dumpster-dive for technology.”.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. Technology Leadership.

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From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam: I think that one of the things that particularly — in states like Virginia where the resources that localities have access to can be wildly different.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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