Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Effective Advocacy. The problem with the main earlier label, “free software,” was not its political connotations, but that—to newcomers—its seeming focus on price is distracting. Preface.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All


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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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman


Austin, TX, May 18, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, today announces Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

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


Chicago, June 24, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools today announced the latest version of its award-winning product, Impero Education Pro V7. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

Impero Software Partners with Mental Health America to Help Identify Mental Health Concerns in Schools


Austin, TX, May 10, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, has partnered with the national nonprofit Mental Health America (MHA) to help schools detect potential mental health concerns among students.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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Impero Software Names Richard Fuller as New CEO and Announces its New Austin, TX Headquarters in the U.S.


19, 2018 – Impero Software has announced the appointment of Richard Fuller as its new CEO to drive the company’s next phase of growth as it bolsters its global business plan. In addition to providing safeguarding software to schools, Impero also promotes good digital citizenship.

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. Ensure school districts have hardware and software. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

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The role of monitoring software. Another way schools can get in front of the issue is by using monitoring software to keep an eye on what students are doing while on the school network. This includes using monitoring software. Monitoring software acts as a safety net.

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

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They’ll meet you halfway,” said Uri, who is now a software engineer at Microsoft. The university also pairs Mosaic students with other UTC undergraduates who take a class about autism and advocacy. Jared Jellicorse with his mother, Marla.

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

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Middle schoolers in the Charleston school system use Naviance, software designed to help students, counselors and parents align young people’s plans for college and careers with their strengths and interests.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

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based education advocacy group. “It That effort began by having Vancouver’s librarians get trained in new software purchased by the district, so that they could train their school colleagues in turn. Columnists K-12 Tech Smart online learning Technology access

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

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“There’s a really tremendous gulf,” said Katie Berger, senior policy analyst for higher education at the nonprofit advocacy organization The Education Trust. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Solutions

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

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At least half a million students a year are placed into such courses, The Hechinger Report has found , and many of them give up in frustration, according to the advocacy organization Complete College America.

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

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For the Computer Science Department, that meant eliminating requirements that students take a course in computational models and an introduction to compilers — software that translates computer code from one programming language into another.

OPINION — Did applying for financial aid just get harder?

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Without financial aid, college is out of reach for many students — yet the complexity of the FAFSA form itself makes financial aid difficult to access for some of the very individuals who need it most. Higher Ed Opinion Higher education access Higher education affordability

How (and Why) to Generate a Static Website Using Jekyll, Part 1


These types of software add unnecessary junk to your files, breaking your site. We need, instead, software that will create files that have no other characters than the ones we put in. Once your site is static, it has become faster to access, more secure and easier to preserve.

A letter of support


We provide access. These new collections support new literacies and leverage the new bounty of open educational resources (OER) supported by the White House’s #GoOpen initiative, as well as streamed media, and software for creating and sharing powerful, effectively, ethically produced digital stories. Without this access, students ignore thousands of dollars of content their parents’ tax dollars support. Access to these tools is an intellectual freedom issue.

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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about


Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. Focus: Digital Learning Advocacy and Research. The largest single challenge in this regard is access to internet, and FLE has developed an offline program called Kolibri, essentially an offline Khan academy.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


“Developers and [K-12] consumers are now very tuned in,” said Cynthia Curry, the director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning , more commonly known as the AEM Center. Recently, though, Amplify tweaked its software.

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Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day.

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York


and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc.,

World Backup Day March 31st: Student data security


Cybercriminals take advantage of any accessible information and, since adolescent identities and credit profiles are monitored less frequently, activity can go unnoticed until the victim is old enough to access credit.

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Impero Education Pro v6.3 wins Tech & Learning TCEA Best of Show Award


28, 2018 – Impero Software’s flagship product , Impero Education Pro, has won a TCEA Best of Show Award from Tech & Learning magazine. Automatically updated keyword libraries, if desired, giving schools instant access to the latest versions. Austin, TX, Feb.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

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

Doug Levin

Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology


Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. Long-term planning and investment in infrastructure for widespread and improved access to the internet and mobile devices is critical. Extending access to education technology beyond schools is also key. The initiative supports interoperability, which refers to the ability for different education software, platforms and systems to work with one another.

Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy.


Despite the momentum recently to expand early learning opportunities to children, there are still millions of people who face barriers to that access, specifically in rural and low-income areas,” she says. In the world of education, some debates rage eternal. How much testing is too much?

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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Some use online programs or software to give students access to content at their individual level , allowing them to move through lessons at their own pace. “Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives


Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. Teachers can access support through KUBO Education, an online community.

The New Design for School Networks


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.

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Schools Embracing Data, Metrics to Improve Effectiveness

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According to the NY Daily News, performance tracking software has been distributed across schools in New York in an effort to help schools measure with laser-focused accuracy both student and faculty performance, Ben Chapman writes.

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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud


But, they also saw a large number of resources being recommitted to just this one aspect of education: space for server farms, money for hardware and software upgrades, overworked personnel, etc. First, all programs are accessible to all students and teachers.