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Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

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Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. Chief technology officers and IT professionals in the K-12 field have a lot on their collective plates these days, what with the continued proliferation of technology in their schools, new governmental programs and compliance requirements, and the push to effectively integrate their technology in the classroom. Broadband equity. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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From the moment schools shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that many districts were ill-equipped to support their students from afar. Even when there are laws meant to address the digital divide in terms of devices and WiFi, they aren’t always effective.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

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Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. They have a continuous review and evaluation of curricular materials on a six-year rotation schedule.