Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. Samsung, along with other companies, are working with districts across the U.S.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readers

Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students. They also identified new partnerships they will continue with researchers, companies, and fellow League districts. Visitors also previewed a mobile innovation lab (a bus equipped with maker equipment, with a great Twitter account ), which will soon give students across the district access to maker learning opportunities.

Missouri misses Course Access moment

The Christensen Institute

This year, Missouri legislators had a chance to become national leaders in providing their students with access to new learning opportunities. On April 30, the House passed a bill to create a statewide Course Access program with a favorable vote of 110 to 40. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Consider, for example, these stories from students in nearby states where Course Access programs are available.

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Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. Public schools must make their websites accessible or they open themselves up to legal action.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. Frankly, most companies develop a product and 508 compliance is an afterthought.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S.

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security

EdTech Magazine

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security. Last month, RealNetworks , the streaming media company that garnered attention in the ‘90s and early 2000s for developing the first audio streaming solution , announced it would offer its facial recognition software, SAFR , for free to over 100,000 school districts. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 08/03/2018 - 13:47. With the wave of school shootings that have swept the U.S.

Messaging Platform Dynamic Response™ Aims to Help Companies in Crisis Communications

techlearning

The platform is accessible to professional communicators on a subscription basis Communication strategy firm maslansky + partners has launched Version 2.0

30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016. From Apple to J.Crew, these companies offer exclusive discounts on just about everything a teacher could possibly need for the new semester! 30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016.

OPINION: ‘Our student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it’

The Hechinger Report

Together, these developments illustrate just how completely our nation’s student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it. Student loan regulators cannot serve students and taxpayers if they are in the pocket of the companies they are supposed to oversee.

Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!

Kleinspiration

Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! - As any other Imagine K12 company, they built this product listening to teachers like you.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. The post Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise appeared first on Wisewire.

Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Edsurge

So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through. It does make it kind of challenging on the structure of the company,” Krajewski said. “If

?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Edsurge

For learners to qualify for work that pays well and for companies to source the talent they need, the market around skills-based education needs to evolve quickly to train students in the technology platforms now required for the jobs they seek. They’re going to need the help of the platform companies themselves. Why should platform companies step into this space? Entangled Studios has spent the past year collaborating with platform companies on the why and the how.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students.

Make Learning Products Accessible for Students With Disabilities, Educators Tell Vendors at ISTE

Marketplace K-12

Educators at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education said education companies should focus on text-to-speech capabilities, switch accessibility, assistive technology, and other supports for students with special needs. The post Make Learning Products Accessible for Students With Disabilities, Educators Tell Vendors at ISTE appeared first on Market Brief.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Without Net Neutrality, How Would Internet Companies Treat K-12 Districts?

Marketplace K-12

Some industry officials say big telecom providers aren't likely to throttle K-12 districts web access, even if they have new power to do so. The post Without Net Neutrality, How Would Internet Companies Treat K-12 Districts? appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Net Neutrality Online / Virtual Learning

Using single sign-on to streamline edtech access

eSchool News

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users

Edsurge

Thousands of teachers have taken to Twitter this week to blast the telecommunications company and defend Remind , a school communication platform used for everything from announcing homework assignments to contacting parents when a student is sick. Messages on Remind can be sent through the company’s mobile app or directly to users’ phones as SMS messages. In the latter case, the company pays a small fee for each text sent. Can you hear me now?

Northeastern U. Will Open Education ‘Hub’ in Silicon Valley Company

Wired Campus

But the university touts its unusual approach, opening an education “hub” within a high-tech company. Mantella says other companies have expressed interest in hosting one. And like a recently announced initiative in which the University of New Haven will offer courses at the offices of Galvanize, another Silicon Valley company, Northeastern’s new effort won’t require it to invest a lot of money in building its own campus. ” Company Watch IT

FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband

Marketplace K-12

The FCC has halted a policy that would allow some companies to provide subsidized broadband to low-income households, with the agency's new chair saying he wants to ensure the program is free of waste, first. The post FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Broadband/Web Access business Federal Communications Commission (FCC

New OpenEd partnerships expand access to resources

eSchool News

The company is announcing new partnerships with LMS companies Otus Learning Management Network and Atlas Learning, and Higher Learning Technology for its test prep apps. Partnerships provide millions more teachers and students with resources for personalizing learning.

Company provides a Windows desktop on Chromebooks

eSchool News

students with easy access to Windows. K-12 schools are Chromebooks, and now NComputing Chromebooks – with the vSpace client – provides easy, multi-user access to the Windows, Java or Silverlight applications often necessary for learning and testing applications.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

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.

To Find Diverse Talent, Some Companies Look to College Clubs

Edsurge

College career fairs look like an awkward high school dance: Students circle around company booths, unsure whether to stop and drop off a resume. Companies blindly court juniors and seniors to their floorspace, hoping that they’ll be the right fit for internships and full-time positions. One company is making a business out of helping student associations and companies connect beyond the walls of tri-folds and stacks of resumes at career fairs.

Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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Transcription and Accessibility—New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon

Edsurge

On the heels of one another, two tech titans recently announced higher-education partnerships that leverage transcription technology to make educational materials more accessible to a broader swath of learners. Nine classes at the university are currently piloting Microsoft Translator, according to Brian Trager, the associate director for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Center on Access Technology.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge

TeachThought - Learn better.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge. The game creator actually let me review to the document that won his company their education grant. These are some of the benefits (engagement) and challenges (accessibility) of learning through video games.

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Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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Some surprising reasons companies are rushing to help their workers get degrees

The Hechinger Report

But unlike conventional tuition-reimbursement benefits, which many companies eliminated during the recession, the new programs increasingly limit students to taking courses from specific providers — often for-profit and online universities and colleges with poor graduation rates.

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? We talked about the differences between accessibility and usability, legal considerations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the concept of UDL (universal design for learning).

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

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.

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Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

Edsurge

Häkkinen leads the Accessibility Standards and Inclusive Technology Research Group at ETS, the 60-plus-year-old nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization that administers K-12 state exams along with the well-known GRE and TOEFL, among other tests. His research focuses on advancing the accessibility of computer-based assessments—for all learners—through a standards-based approach. These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow

Edsurge

companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”. 95 course providers —was largely driven to fill openings at tech companies. company that provides skills-based training programs has followed path.

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States. companies seeking to expand overseas.

5 keys to making the best staff selection

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The staff selection process is fundamental for a company to function properly, since hiring the appropriate personnel for each position is crucial for a cordial and productive office environment. Education GoConqr Blog Posts companies company employees resources smart links staff selection