How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

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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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.

Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

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COST: $95 /person - includes access to the live session as well as the recording, access to the attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. Please consider joining us for this special Library 2.0

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. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities.

Students Need More Financial Aid Than What They Applied for. A Free New Tool Can Help.

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SwiftStudent is the product of a partnership between the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation and FormSwift, a company best known for its tool for creating, sending and signing digital legal documents. Education Technology Access and Affordability Coronavirus Higher Education

A simple, global connection tool

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I’m excited to introduce Empatico , a free, online tool that recently launched with the bold vision of enabling more than one million students to discover how their peers around the world live. What do third graders in Pakistan and Arkansas have in common? They’re about to find out.

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Two New Library 2.0 Webinars: Library Advocacy + Marketing | Coaching Skills for Managers + Supervisors | ALSO: Active Shooter Response Recording

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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

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.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

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Second barrier is lack of access to digital high speed connections at home. We need to make sure people have a way to access the content. How can we budget for digital access for those who need it without budgeting for those who don''t? Newer teachers and digitally savvy teachers are ready to teach with digital tools. Equal access for children of poverty is an issue. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel.

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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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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

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of course, you might consider using alternate tools like Glogster , Thinglink , Padlet to create your interactive interface. technology advocacy equity school libraries virtual libraries websites

Twenty States Pass Legislation to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science

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access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the ? Code.org Advocacy Coalition ?, of more than 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. [

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. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

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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.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

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(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Making Computer Science Accessible for All.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The promotion allows teachers and schools to test out the Bloomz Premium subscription, which offers exclusive tools to communicate and coordinate with their parent community, such as unlimited storage for teachers and administrators, engagement reports, premium calendar, and more.

They helped all schools get good internet, now they’re focusing on homes

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More than 99 percent of schools nationwide have access to speedy and reliable internet, making online learning an option for their students. Now, the most important connectivity statistic is that more than 9 million students do not have internet access at home.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

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?

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina.

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

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Every time users click “allow” when an app asks them to enable location services or provide access to their contacts, microphone or folders, they are potentially making a transaction: sharing their personal information in exchange for using the app. Fortunately, several tools have done the heavy lifting for educators and parents. It’s all covered in the team’s 150-question rubric , which is used to assign a tier to each tool. Some apps do more harm than good.

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

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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. This is more likely the single largest worldwide collection of materials that can be easily curated through a web browser tool. Promotion 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. This is more likely the single largest worldwide collection of materials that can be easily curated through a web browser tool. Promotion is access.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

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It’s probably the best tool base that I’ve ever seen to help teach kids about college. You can go on and on about all of these adult-like decisions we’re asking students to make before they even graduate high school, and we’re never giving them the tools to make those decisions.

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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. edWeb Blog CoSN Digital equity and access district leadership equity rural districtsWATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

How to Create a Twitter List of Reliable Media Sources

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This social media tool can be effective for gaining multiple perspectives on a topic or cause. You can still access Twitter through Flipboard. Advocacy Communication Community engagement Soapbox Technology flipboard lists twitter

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.

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

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Students also talked about how he knew how to use all the tools at his house like his chair, his books, and his broom. I was giving them a tool just like Elliot had his broom. Each year I ponder what to do for the first of the year library orientation.

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

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Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

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Picking a career early not only helps students better organize the rest of their time in college; it can help them graduate on schedule, the advocacy organization Complete College America says. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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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. Equitable access should be a part of a larger discussion about how the schools are serving their students’ needs.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

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based education advocacy group. “It Teaming up with Skyview’s instructional technology facilitator and early-adopting teachers, Chun frequently demonstrates new tech tools at the school’s teacher-led professional development meetings.

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