How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

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.

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. 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.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

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.

A simple, global connection tool

EdTech4Beginners

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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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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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.

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.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(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.

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.

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

Trump touts rural broadband internet access in $1 trillion infrastructure plan

eSchool News

Rural communities’ broadband internet access has become a key part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, which would promote high-speed internet access across rural America, including schools, classrooms and libraries.

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.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. College graduates in the academic year just ended.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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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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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. Although online energy dashboards are a popular way to turn these buildings into teaching tools, they’re not necessary. ARLINGTON, Va.

How to Create a Twitter List of Reliable Media Sources

Reading By Example

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

States can change the way they think about education, but will they?

The Hechinger Report

I know there are a number of organizations that had convenings for states, to help lay out tools.”. K-12 News Funding Law and policy Technology access

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

Even with little access to technology teachers can add background music to a story or show students a short clip to spark conversation or inspire ideas for writing. 7 Incredible Websites & Tools to Enhance English Comprehension & Fluency.

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

We provide access. We continue to evolve and lead as the tools of the information and communication landscapes emerge and evolve. With our classroom teacher partners, we build instruction; we build projects and assessments that focus on creativity and knowledge building using the information tools and strategies of our time. School librarians curate collections of quality content, as well as the tools learners need to effectively and ethically create and tell their stories.

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OPINION — Did applying for financial aid just get harder?

The Hechinger Report

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

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

For CLX, that meant creating a city-wide catalogue of the landscape of out-of-school-time (OST) programs offering learning experiences with digital media tools and technology (DMTT) citywide. For data gathering, there are plenty of free and low-cost survey tools that will get you started.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. Like many students in the district, she has no access to the internet at home. K-12 News English language learners Parents poverty Rural schools teachers Technology access

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

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. 2nd graders are using the research tool in Google Docs to search for images and cite them in their research. Advocacy department of education documentation education GA DOE Instagram libraries public show your work showcasing work social media takeover thank you trust

OnTRACK for College Readiness: Digital Tools & Resources #SXSWedu

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Join onTRACK Advocacy Group in Epsilen for announcements about onTRACK roll out: [link] OnTRACK overview Online learning tools (lessons) for students in math, science, ELA, and social studies developed to increse student preparedness and performance on STAAR high school assessments leading to a higher degree of College and Career Readiness. All learning tools are being developed within TEA''s Project Share platform. Notes from SXSWedu 2011 breakout session.