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.

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.

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

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billion to that fund, an amount advocates say is far too little to meet current need. This is a major investment that the country should make in terms of supporting early childhood and access to child care.”.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

Discovery Education

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

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

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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

First is the return of Dr. Steve Albrecht with " Coaching Skills for Library Managers and Supervisors: Getting Better Performance and Behavior From Your Employees One Meeting at a Time " on February 12th. 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. We have two new Library 2.0

It’s Time to Take College Student Hunger and Homelessness Seriously

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Through advocacy on campuses and in communities and ongoing state and federal investment in the real cost of higher education—including housing, food and other supports—we can and should make a firm commitment to students who are doing everything they can to become economically self-sufficient.

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

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

CUE Advocacy Update. Defining computer science education principles to meet needs of K-12 students. 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.

The Awkward Truth About ‘Free College’—It Isn’t Truly Free

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With the movement for no-tuition community college gaining momentum in more states and earning top billing in President Biden’s education agenda , experts in college access and affordability advise caution about using that potent four-letter word: f-r-e-e.

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.

Do We Over-Complicate Reading Instruction?

Reading By Example

Lots of reading aloud plus time to read and access at home to books have been two of our most promising strategies. For sure our efforts to meet the needs of every student from early on shouldn’t be trivialized.

Students sick of ‘lip service’ from universities over racism

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We’ve had town halls and meetings, but no actual consequences for the students who committed racist acts,” said Brandon Lewis, a master’s degree student in atmospheric science at N.C. Troy Alim, Midwest engagement manager for the Young Invincibles youth advocacy group.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

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. Today, Ann is based in Los Angeles working as a public speaker, writer, and education consultant focused on leadership and planning to meet the needs of today’s students.

With a degree no longer enough, job candidates are told to prove their skills in tests

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As the number of candidates balloons while health risks make it hard for hiring managers to meet with them in person, a trend toward “pre-hiring assessments” — already under way before Covid-19 — is getting a huge new push. Department of Education, for reasons including cost and access.

As diagnoses rise, more colleges add services for students with autism

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Colleges have created special support programs because other campus disability services, to which students with autism are often referred, don’t always meet all their needs, advocates and parents say. They’ll meet you halfway,” said Uri, who is now a software engineer at Microsoft.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Most Americans who cannot access the internet on a daily basis come from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, including individuals with disabilities, from low-income backgrounds and those living in rural areas. Education Technology Policy & Government Access and Affordability School Infrastructure

Lawsuits Over Tuition Refunds Inspire New Student Consumer ‘Bill of Rights’

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It’s restructuring the relationship between a student and his or her institution,” says James Toscano, president of Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust , the nonprofit advocacy organization that is taking the lead in promoting the bill of rights.

While focus is on fall, students? choices about college will have a far longer impact

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Some low-income prospective students now are working to help their families, said Yolanda Watson Spiva, president of the advocacy group Complete College America; others are seeing record unemployment rates and wondering whether there will be any jobs for them, even with degrees. “It’s

Can a college completion crisis be solved by students sharing their struggles?

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NEW YORK — Countless ideas about getting students to and through college have come from policymakers, lawmakers and any number of advocacy groups. Let’s keep these discussions going, and share solutions and ideas – even if we can’t meet face-to-face.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

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So far, the pandemic has revealed the challenges of conducting education remotely as well as uneven access to Wi-Fi and devices such as laptops. million kids statewide lacked access to Wi-Fi and computers. This story was produced as part of the nine-part series “Are We Ready?

Choosing pass/fail grades may help college students now, but could cost them later

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That’s one of the biggest reasons students who get bachelor’s degrees end up having paid for an average of 15 credits that didn’t count by the time they graduate, or a full semester’s worth, the advocacy group Complete College America has calculated.

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

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Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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

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Undergraduates, on average, end up taking 15 credits more than they need to get degrees — a full semester’s worth — according to the advocacy group Complete College America. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

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The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. The presenters all agree that there are many hurdles, especially in a rural district, to meet the digital equity challenge.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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based advocacy group Excelencia in Education, said universities need to go beyond that sort of passive outreach, especially for students who may be hesitant to seek out help. “We Ortiz knew she had Pell Grant aid coming in, but didn’t know how to access it. Anel Chavez, who graduated from IU Northwest last year, said she began to understand her own life story through the lenses of race, class and power after taking a class with Contreras and meeting other Latinx students.

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?

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That feeds messaging about how students can test out of the classes or most easily meet requirements. (At It is treated as this extra piece that is not a central part of education,” said Amanda Seewald, president-elect of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies, a legislative advocacy group. She said students like that they meet just once a week. “We

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.”. Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. How is it going to be accessible?