State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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As explained by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, during a recent edWebinar , this searchable information will help educational leaders ensure that the materials they purchase are high-quality, aligned with their standards and goals, and accessible to all students.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

OER remains a recent invention and the relatively large technology investments required to successfully implement a digital content strategy in schools just hadn’t been made in very many places. Blog OER copyright open content procurement public vs. private textbooks

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report.

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Four game changers

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Brechner is not ignorant of the fact that broadband provision is a necessity for such projects to succeed, indeed he even declared that 'broadband is a human right'. OER computer games social media OLPC

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. Esri has granted 200,000 students access to its professional online GIS mapping software for doing projects. Microsoft 1) provided over 3 million students with free access to Office 365 in K-12 schools across the U.S.,

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Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

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But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. In addition, there is a separate section on vetting OER.

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

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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.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely. At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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There are essential conditions for digital learning like state leadership, equity of access, accessibility for all students, interoperability considerations, and student data and privacy. Now, students always have access to current materials.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Select schools in Orange County are part of LaunchED, an immersive, connected, and collaborative learning experience providing students with access to world-class digital tools and resources.

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March 12th Global Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship (DigitalCitizenship.com)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Increasingly many school systems are evolving that focus from simply minimizing risk and blocking access, to more responsible use policies and strategies that empower the student as a digital citizen. How should we access information effectively and form good evaluate its accuracy?

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” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” Via Wired : “ Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband.” The Chronicle of Higher Education on the latest report from the Babson Survey Research Group on OER adoption: “Use of Free Textbooks Is Rising, but Barriers Remain.” (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

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Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. Via Nature : “One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier , won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. (National) Education Politics. Via Pacific Standard : “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

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Via Politico : “The Trump administration has removed documents from an Education Department website aimed at transgender students , including those intended to help students fight for access to bathrooms of their choice.” Edsurge on the business of OER. “To get rural kids online, Microsoft wants to put Internet access on school buses ,” The Washington Post reports.

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Department of Veterans Affairs this week backed Ashford University ‘s attempt to shift its state-based eligibility for veterans’ benefits from Iowa to Arizona , likely preserving the for-profit university’s access to Post–9/11 GI Bill and active-duty military tuition benefits.” IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. (National) Education Politics.

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From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight.

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” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” ” “Scaling Educational Access ” by Mindwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. “Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” Education Politics. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the Secretary of Education – the first time that a Vice President has had to break a tie in the Senate for this sort of vote.

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” ” Via WaPo : “Texas House passes ‘bathroom bill’ restricting transgender student access.” Via Edsurge : “OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024.” The Trump Budget.

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Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.