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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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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.

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security. Despite these benefits, many districts’ infrastructures do not meet the standards of the Federal Trade Commission’s Principles of Fair Information Practice , which outline best practices to ensure student privacy and protection.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now.

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Colleges Face Investigations Over Whether Their Use of Social Media Follows Accessibility Regulations

Edsurge

Nearly 200 colleges face federal civil rights investigations opened in 2019 about whether they are accessible and communicate effectively to people with disabilities. Courts are saying you need to procure digital goods and services that are accessible for everybody.”

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect.

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Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

Edsurge

In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur. In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics.

Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

The Hechinger Report

The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

Edsurge

Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

A few weeks after the first meeting, Shark Tank called me with a request to send in a an eye-catching and creative video pitch. I closed a deal with Mark for $250,000 in exchange for a 20 percent equity stake in my test-prep company. SAT Scores: A New Number.

Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We’ve been teased for months with what improvements were on the way to this already phenomenal tool, and at a live stream announcement, the details were released. Better Access for All Learners. Flipgrid is always evolving because they are a company who listens to their users.

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote

TeacherCast

One of my favorite moments at ISTE 2015 came while interviewing the OneNote team and I had the opportunity to meet the guys who actually CREATE Microsoft OneNote. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

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

Edsurge

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are behind next-generation improvements in a range of software tools for students with sensory or learning disabilities. 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.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

Edsurge

Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

KinderLab Robotics Meets Rigorous Review Standards to Join STEMworks Database

techlearning

The overarching goal of offering students access to a plethora of tools and resources is to create a new population of young people who are STEM-literate, and to improve the economic competitiveness of our future workforce. “We

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Edsurge

Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. Of this group, five teams are building education technology tools with support from mentors from Imagine K12, the local edtech accelerator that Y Combinator absorbed last February. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) TechCrunch reports the company is forecasting $3.5

Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools

EdTech Magazine

Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools. The merger will bring the companies’ hardware, software, curricula and training programs — used by nearly 6 million students and 65,000 teachers worldwide — together under one roof, according to the Sphero press release.

Rethinking Teaching with Available Canvas Tools

Tech Helpful

He said his background was in sales when he joined the Instructure/Canvas team and he wished he had access to this post when he started because he felt it would have helped him understand what Canvas can do for educators better.

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New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

techlearning

June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

The promotion allows teachers and schools to test out the Bloomz Premium subscription, which offers exclusive tools to communicate and coordinate with their parent community, such as unlimited storage for teachers and administrators, engagement reports, premium calendar, and more.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. It’s been a fantastic tool to use in the classroom.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

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. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

The student and teacher would meet and work to gain the skills on the letter sounds and then could show their knowledge with that metadata that’s attached to the badge. Vicki: So choosing the different goals they want to meet next, out of say, twenty or thirty opportunities to level up.

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun video tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers when she’s preparing to meet them on-site. VICKI: Happy Ed Tech Tool Tuesday. TERYL: Vicki, Flipgrid is a newer tool.

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

Once you have everything in place, there will be times when you want students to play certain apps based upon their needs and the standards that you’re trying to meet. I think the easiest thing about this tool is that everything is in one place.

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6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. Melissa: Well, the tech tools I’ve pulled out right now are a mixture of tech tools that teachers can use for data collection and also for students.

Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Introduction: Meet the Viral Video History Teacher – Mr. Betts! The main intention of the video is educating not just my students, but all students that have access to it. I know that’s going to be more accessible to the kids — if I can make my content into their songs.

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Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Edsurge

A recent New York Times investigation found that many companies receive such precise, extensive data on their users that they—and anyone else they share this information with—could easily identify a single individual and pinpoint their location. That user data is often sold to or shared with other companies, such as advertisers who have a vested interest in behavioral data, and it’s not as anonymous as people think. AppCensus Another tool—though not specific to edtech—is AppCensus.

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If Why Screencasting Is a Useful Formative Assessment Tool.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

At “makerspaces,” learners have access to tools and supplies, including technological tools, for either open-ended or structured projects. Educator Innovator Blog libraries maker education NWP Annual Meeting

EdTech as a Tool for the IB Classroom of the Future

100mentors

In the final installment of our series, we will discuss how the right educational technology tool can help you, as a teacher, achieve the ultimate goal of student consciousness. Choosing an Educational Technology Tool for your IB Classroom. Picking a Tool You’ll Actually Use.

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7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Storify is a fantastic tool that lets you pull tweets together. We finally got a chance to meet in person and present together at ISTE this year. She’s just a wonderful a global educator, and it was wonderful to meet her in person!

Google Jamboard

The CoolCatTeacher

Enjoy this fun, free tool. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. It comes with a free app that students can access. They could access it on a their phones.

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What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website. Meetings, not so much.