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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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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. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. There is more and more pressure to eliminate as many non-digital learning activities as possible, both at home and in the classroom.

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. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

All sessions are recorded so you can access later. They felt like they had a front-row audience with experts that they would not normally have access to, So it’s going to give you… It’s free, first of all. It’s online, so you don’t have to go anywhere, and you can attend in your pajamas if you want to, and it’s all recorded so that you can access it at any time afterward. You can take them and travel digitally to other places.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

And they look at that data, every single moment of the day, and they analyze it, and they decide what needs to be done to redirect construction, to regroup, to reteach, to enrich, to enhance – all on the spur of the moment, because they have ready access to the data. And I say frequently to my sister, who has access to this in her classroom, “You are so lucky! You guys, the people in classrooms today are so privileged because they have that kind of access all the time.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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As Secretary Duncan’s chief of staff wrote at the time, the Common Core was intended to create a national market for book publishers, technology companies , testing corporations, and other vendors.”. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010. CIPA requires schools and libraries to install measures to protect children from obscene or harmful content in exchange for discounts offered by the E-rate program.

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Teaching Digital Literacy: Resources to Help Students Validate Online Information

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Digital Literacy is a term that is growing ever more popular among those teaching our 21st Century Learners. Also known as Information Literacy, Digital Literacy is an important component of what is known as Digital Citizenship. For example, as a child of the 80's and 90's, when I went to the library to look up information in encyclopedias and books, I didn't have to deeply question the validity of material found.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 1st A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. 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. Library 2.014 Call for Proposals Now Open. The call for proposals for the fourth annual Library 2.0

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A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and… it’s blocked. While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. CIPA does not enumerate a specific list of sites, and thus the decision-making authority is given to local agencies (school districts, libraries, etc.).

Hour of Code: How Students Can Build Their Own Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Websites like Code.org have a great approach to making coding accessible to all kids but still, too few students think they are smart enough to do these jobs. These include Hello Codi, TalkToMe I and I I (Text-to-speech app), Ball Bounce Game, and Digital Doodle (a drawing app).

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product ? Impero Education Pro ? at ISTE 2018

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The software has been updated to include a new mental health keyword library, google authentication, and improved scalability to support larger school districts, among other features. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

Content filtering and web monitoring software aim to prevent students from accessing inappropriate materials online, and many options also include features to alert school leaders to cyberbullying and other instances in which students’ digital communications or web activity might indicate troubling behavior. Some companies that produce monitoring software report sending tens of thousands of alerts about cyberbullying, violence, sexual content and other concerns.

Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple

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And use digital tools to their full potential: Students can do so much more with them than just fill out a worksheet. Company partners like Chevron, Google and Sonic along with individual donors help support teacher projects all over the United States. Most districts go through Movie Licensing USA , a company that provides licensing for K-12 schools for a variety of studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.

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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

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These are important tasks and I look forward to working with the company as we move forward with this work both in the UK, and the U.S.” Walters also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including as chair of Book Aid International, a charity that equips libraries in sub-Saharan African countries with textbooks and readers. In addition to providing software to schools, Impero is also supports for digital citizenship education in schools.

Edtech’s Blurred Lines Between Security, Surveillance and Privacy

Edsurge

With safeguarding students’ online and physical safety as a top priority, schools are leaning on a variety of digital services. Last year, RealNetworks, a Seattle-based company, offered its facial recognition software to schools, and a few have pioneered the tool. To improve these systems, it comes as no surprise to Bill Fitzgerald, a researcher at New Knowledge, that some companies are offering such technology gratis. Think digital demerits and gold stars.)

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Part 4: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… Exploring Search Engines and Data Bases

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Sweet Search – Human Reviewed – It is owned by Dulcinea Media, a company committed to supplying students with a search engine that returns results that are accurate, reliable, safe, and understandable. Instead of having students sift through millions of websites, the research experts, educators, and librarians at Dulcinea have created a database of tens of thousands of sites that students have access to in their searches.

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3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teachers and parents know all this and still, the Literacy Company reports that most teachers in classes of twenty+ students spend only five minutes a day reading, and 46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine. Only ebooks and equizzes can be accessed through the app. I love that I can offer unique word lists that are easily accessed, studied, and assessed in a fun gamified way. The Talking Library is wonderful.

3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mixed in with the scores of digital tools I see every week, I’ve found three that stand above the rest and will quickly become staples in your teaching toolkit: Sonocent–for note-taking and study skills. There are a lot of digital note-takers that can tape a lecture or a class or even a conversation. Create digital flashcards with Audio Notetaker by exporting the data to a file that then plays on an iPod or smartphone.

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ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

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Our own Kristina Holzweiss shared the Wakelet on Wakelet she co-presented, as well as her blog post on library uses of the platform. This group is gonna change the info access/experience for kids! Among the MANY items in my own digital tote is Denise Henry-Orndorff’s Periodic Table of Google Extensions. We learned at ALA that next year, the two lists will be combined as digital tools.). It has always been the case that companies that play nicely with others win.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

Since 2013, close to a third of the US school districts have charged into “one-to-one” digital instruction, putting a computer in the hands of every student—and the number is growing. EdSurge will be hosting hundreds of local teachers and administrators, along with dozens of edtech companies from around the country, at our Summit on Dec. Everyone is saying ‘we are in a digital world,’ so how do we support every student, especially those that might not have WiFi access at home?”

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. Blackboard Ally is an accessibility solution that helps make digital class content in a learning management system (LMS) more accessible for all learners.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools

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ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( assisteducation.com/ ) & ( www.apexlearning.com ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools.

?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation

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Digital Citizenship. Learn more about the ways students—and teachers—can responsibly access, evaluate and use online resources and social media. Educational software company Vernier , for example, makes finding training opportunities as easy as searching by zip code. You’re bound to find several additions for your professional library.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

Global Collaboration Week Begins - Find a Project and Connect!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

L2g derives from the ongoing Webheads in Action (WiA) community of practice and professional development movement, [link] which has been putting teachers and students in touch with one another digitally, at a distance, since 1998. They are free for all, online, recorded, and archived at [link] There is also an index that gives a clear overview of all presentations so far and how to access their recordings ([link] Learning2gether events perpetuate the spirit and goals of Webheads in Action.

Telestream Screenflow: An Podcasters Guide to Creating Professional Screencasts and Tutorials

TeacherCast

Throughout the entire digital media lifecycle, from capture to viewing, for consumers through high-end professionals, Telestream products range from desktop components and cross-platform applications to fully-automated, enterprise-class digital media transcoding and workflow systems. Telestream customers include the world’s leading media and entertainment companies: content owners, creators, and distributors. The company is privately held. Digital Presentations.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It’s also an opportunity – surprise, surprise – for lots of folks to try sell us some sort of “digital literacy” product.). Executives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter testified before Congress in October, responding to questions about the role these Internet companies had played in the election, particularly as related to allegations of Russian interference. It’s the relationship of these companies to information and to education. (A