Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


Underlying a range of new trends, experts say, is a growing recognition that designing learning resources from the beginning with students with disabilities in mind can benefit all students. “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. Making Computer Science Accessible for All.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education


An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. But they argue that their new business models—subscription options and inclusive access plans—benefit students and colleges and reduce the cost of course materials thanks to economies of scale. The joining of our two companies will allow us to offer students even more value and more affordable options to access textbooks and course materials.”


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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.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. This led the Alliance for Excellent Education (and its partners) – inexplicably – to rally around this goal with the uninspirational ‘ 99 in 5 ‘ campaign instead of pushing for universal access.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access. The need for more rural education advocacy. Daisy currently hosts “ Totally Rural ,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space. 10-minute Teacher Show News & Trends Teaching

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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources


This approach combines project consulting, professional learning and access to math and literacy resources used by over five million students in more than 80 countries around the world. According to the non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization Data Quality Campaign (DQC), 85 percent of teachers suggest data provides an objective place to begin conversations with parents. Education Technology Technology Tips Technology Trends Practice and Implementation Strategies

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. It just goes against everything we know about child development and what’s best for children,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Research shows that children who have access to high-quality preschool reap benefits.

Food, Housing and Childcare: Colleges Addressing Basic Needs Are Boosting Success


One challenge is there’s no federal data to back up these trends. “We In the past six years, Amarillo College opened a legal aid clinic, a childcare center, a counseling center and an Advocacy and Resource Center, a hub for the school’s food pantry where students can also get connected to social services provided by local nonprofits. “I Education Technology Higher Education Access and Affordability Diversity and Equity

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

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. 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.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

The Fab Lab is one way the Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country. That perspective bothers Kellie O’Quinn, director of the Center for Social Measurement and Research at Children at Risk, a children’s advocacy organization in Houston. “I

Civic Responsibility

Reading By Example

Schools are being called to action to reverse the trend of Americans not participating in civic duties, for example a decline in people voting. You can access Rebell’s article at this URL: [link] ). Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan votingThis post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Many state flagship universities leave black and Latino students behind

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: “It matters who’s enrolled at flagships, because they tend to go on to be leaders in their states, particularly in politics and in business,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at The Education Trust, an advocacy group that focuses on college access. “It’s An exception to the western trend is the University of New Mexico. Higher Ed News Higher education access Race

The community college “segregation machine”

The Hechinger Report

The California Acceleration Project, an advocacy group founded by faculty, reported that pass rates for underprepared students at Cuyamaca in college-level math jumped to 67 percent last year, up from 10 percent the year before. California part of national trend. Higher Ed News achievement gap community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion Race Testing

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

The Hechinger Report

“Regardless of the institution where you work, if you’re a president or the dean of admissions, you’re very aware of these trends,” said Devorah Lieberman, president of the University of La Verne, near Los Angeles. Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion SolutionsGage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career. The first time, he lost almost all of his credits.

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. While the net-zero school trend is still relatively small, it has taken hold in districts of every geographic and socioeconomic description. News Curriculum online learning Personalized Learning STEM Technology accessARLINGTON, Va.

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

The Hechinger Report

In a trend that has been widely lauded, the proportion of high school graduates who go straight to college has increased from 63 percent in 2000 to 70 percent now, the Department of Education says. These trends together mean that there are nearly 2.9 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.

The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

The Hechinger Report

This is just another systemic disadvantage that we put in front of low-income kids and kids of color,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research at The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy organization. As to whether the College Board, which administers the SAT, is acting in its own interest by drawing attention to these trends, Hurwitz said the organization simply has the greatest access to test and grade data.).

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Allowing teachers to relax a bit about the evaluation process, they felt more comfortable in taking risks around increasing engagement through providing more access to opportunities. I like these trending topics.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Allowing teachers to relax a bit about the evaluation process, they felt more comfortable in taking risks around increasing engagement through providing more access to opportunities. I like these trending topics.

For rural colleges, good vocational teachers are hard to find

The Hechinger Report

A March study on rural vocational education by the advocacy group Advance CTE notes that Hawaii’s community colleges have adopted a sliding pay scale to offset salary differences in high-demand disciplines, including computer science, aeronautics maintenance technology, nursing and advanced automotive technology. Vocational education advocates have long bemoaned the lack of communication between colleges and industry, but some say they’re encouraged by recent trends.

Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

They didn’t have a high-tech classroom with fancy equipment — in fact most students didn’t even have laptops or access to the internet. At the start of the program, students are given an inexpensive smartphone with internet access, which they get to keep once they complete the program.

Is California saving higher education?

The Hechinger Report

billion, is bucking a national trend — most other states are continuing to reduce, not increase, their higher education budgets. The trend peaked during the recession that began in 2008, when UC hiked undergraduate tuition by nearly a third in a single year.

Schools Are a Lifeline for Homeless Students. COVID-19 Is Severing the Connection.


The organization aims to help students overcome homelessness through education, policy advocacy and practical support to educators. “I You have the issue of: We have the resource, but the kid is unable to access it,” Blackwell says. “If

A Conversation With #EduColor's José Vilson About Inclusive Teaching


For perspective and advice, we recently talked with José Vilson, co-founder and executive director of #EduColor , a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to issues of race and social justice in education. Like if they can have access to 3D printers or iPads or any number of technologies.

What’s the key to ending vaping? Not following smoking’s roadmap

The Christensen Institute

If you’ve read the news recently, you’ve seen a harrowing trend: at least six people in the United States have died from vaping-related lung illness, with hundreds more cases of illness currently reported. Given the severity of the issue, advocacy groups are calling for action to limit e-cigarette use, by raising the age for sale of “tobacco products” or other methods. They’re also far easier for youth to access, and more affordable than cigarettes.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

School officials are often surprised by their own spending trends, once they see them. Longtime advocates of this federal transparency mandate hope the new data will spur more widespread advocacy. At Ronald D.

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Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

Unequal access to external support: Staff can’t just assume students will have access to the same resources at home or that they will willingly talk about what they have and don’t have. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

Corinne Roller, director of advocacy and public policy for the nonprofit group Girls Who Code , says the proportion of women in computing jobs has actually been trending downward over the last few decades. “If All a school needs to start a club is an adult facilitator, and Girls Who Code provides the curriculum and other resources, including an online portal where coding projects can be stored and accessed. By Dennis Pierce.

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How Cleveland revamped its preschool programs in just five years

The Hechinger Report

Smith’s center, A Jubilee Academy, was chosen to participate in an improvement program by PRE4CLE, a city initiative with the goal of expanding access to high-quality preschool across Cleveland. This focus on access to high-quality preschool was born out of a larger city-wide plan to transform schools, introduced in Cleveland in 2012. Educating officials : PRE4CLE has prioritized advocacy at all levels of the government, according to Kelly.

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Justin Lofton, director of Youth Engagement and Advocacy for the group, said a large percentage of applicants said their parents hadn’t yet received unemployment benefits after losing their jobs as a result of coronavirus closures, increasing the financial strain on their families.