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Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

Ga. schools to receive blended learning grants

eSchool News

Grants will enable districts to provide high-speed broadband to support blended learning efforts. million through a collaborative funding effort that seeks to provide high speed broadband access required for blended learning, Gov.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. Edthena Updates edtech update Education Technology K-12 teachers Professional development SETDA

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. The cost of K-12 Internet access has declined 85 percent in the last five years.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. Matthew Ryan Williams for Education Week.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

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. The education community could have seen this coming. Department of Education and the White House.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Equity in education is more important than ever. Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. Related: How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? What does educational equity look like?

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It should be easy to access, reliable and fast.

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Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

Edsurge

In my time as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, I became professionally and emotionally vested in leading and supporting a vision for educational equity, which is shared by many of my colleagues. That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. Want to learn more?

Digital and Educational Equity

eSpark

In the blended learning community, educational equity is a growing concern in districts that use classroom technology. Unfortunately, many low-income or rural families across the country don’t have internet access at home. families, broadband is not affordable.

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrives in the House Chamber before President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress in the Capitol, February 28, 2017. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is widely expected to make school choice the centerpiece of her reform agenda.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

Edsurge

The access to technology that students have is just as varied as the students and schools themselves. After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. To provide better access for the students of the Mat-Su district, leaders there created the Rural Enhanced Access initiative.

“The eZone breaks the barriers of digital apartheid in South Africa, as students have equal access to devices and high-speed Wifi.” – Paula Barnard-Ashton, South Africa

Daily Edventures

Lecturer and Manager of eFundanathi – Learn with Us. Sometimes, where and how students learn can be just as important as what they learn – especially when it comes to creating 21 st century learning environments for higher education. Paula Barnard-Ashton.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Is technology necessary to personalize learning? Beyond that, the internet gives students and teachers access to a wide variety of tools. Read more about Blended Learning. Credit: Getty Images.

Getting schooled in social media

The Hechinger Report

Sharing student learning with frazzled parents was also the motivation behind the social-media app Seesaw , launched in 2015. Anderson advises schools and districts to survey parents about their social media access, habits and preferences. Read more about Blended Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state’s groundbreaking 1-to–1 student computing initiative, highlighting the growing pains nagging an educational-technology movement now well into its second decade.” Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” Education in the Courts. Congrats, education!

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

They have to learn early.”. Related: Blue-collar town leads Rhode Island’s tech-assisted learning revolution. Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. URL: www.christenseninstitute.org/education.

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Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

EdTech Magazine

Though city superintendents rank themselves higher for recruiting educators, they are on par with rural superintendents for retaining them. Using videoconferencing systems, cloud-based collaboration learning platforms and satellite-based broadband communications , district leaders have given students access to better teachers and more diverse classes, EdTech reports. Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers. meghan.bogardu….

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Why and How a Small Colorado District Upgraded its Network

Education Superhighway

Though for many school districts, slow download speeds in classrooms serve as the impetus for a network upgrade, there are many reasons district leaders strive to revamp their broadband infrastructure. After using Compare & Connect K-12 and evaluating their pricing information, Lewis-Palmer’s technology team, saw that the district was paying far more for their internet access than neighboring districts of a similar size were paying.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Rural schools have received little attention in national conversations around education reform—even though they serve nearly 1 in 5 students in America. Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? For one, personalized learning could drive improved outcomes at the student level in rural communities.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. "This is what education is going to look like.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Accessible scholarship.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Accessible scholarship.

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Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

The report was produced by EducationSuperHighway , a small nonprofit that works with schools to help them improve their choices about increasing high-speed internet access. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Will your students excel in the Innovation Age?

eSchool News

This is where I think we can do better in education. Ready or not, education has entered the “Innovation Age,” where it’s not about what students know but what they can do with what they know. And now, what can I do with what I have learned to find solutions to unmet needs?

Will your students excel in the Innovation Age?

eSchool News

This is where I think we can do better in education. Ready or not, education has entered the “Innovation Age,” where it’s not about what students know but what they can do with what they know. And now, what can I do with what I have learned to find solutions to unmet needs?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that can severely damage the mission of education.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Like so many others , I’ve made new friends and learned so very much, but I’m not sure what the future may hold. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that can severely damage the mission of education.

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Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). As educators know, integrating meaningful digital learning into the classroom is a 365-day effort.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Miller is one of many vocal critics of the wide disparities in education technology pricing, which he and others contend is becoming an increasingly pressing problem as more devices and software enter U.S. Related: In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 10th, 2014 Children want the same things we want. Dr. Seuss The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds.