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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating.

Digital Learning Day 2018: Celebrating Successes While Advocating for Accessibility

Where Learning Clicks

As we again recognize Digital Learning Day, it’s important to remember there’s work to do to increase internet and device accessibility for all students.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

Technology dominates the education landscape discussion. Uber-like language apps can even connect anyone to a native language speaker anywhere for immersive learning. Language learning has never had the wealth of digital assistance that it has now, but can it aid with diversity goals?

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10 findings about K-12 digital learning

eSchool News

Digital learning itself is expanding in schools, but access to classroom and home technology still remains a major obstacle, according to a new study from Schoology. The study breaks down obstacles to student learning by rural, suburban, and urban.

Hype, Hope and Humblepie for Predictions About Digital Learning

Edsurge

That forecast was rooted in a sense of optimism—that as digital learning tools and opportunities proliferated in schools, educators would increasingly be able to tailor their instruction to meet students’ different needs.

3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12

EdTech Magazine

3 Key Findings on the State of Digital Learning in K–12. It should not be news that technology plays a major role in modern education because it is used in almost every school across the United States. Schools Need to Plan Before Integrating Technology.

6 things to prepare teachers for Digital Learning Day

eSchool News

Digital learning plays an integral part in helping students build the skills they need for academic and personal success. In fact, it’s so important that it has its own day, and this year, Digital Learning Day is on February 28.

How Effective Is Your Edtech Tool? Five Questions to Ask

Digital Promise

We all want to help students learn. When it comes to education technology (edtech), school leaders and developers alike want to provide the best tools—ones that truly make a difference. At its core, being effective is about reaching a learning goal.

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Teleology, Technology and Learning

EdNews Daily

Some things on sailboats haven’t changed much in thousands of years, others are recent, and every new technology gets tested by the same strict rule about purpose. A sextant was revolutionary analog technology. Technology and Learning. By Mac Bogert.

Digital Learning Day, Every Day

Where Learning Clicks

Digital Learning Day, March 13, is next month. It is a day when everyone invested and interested in #EdTech can come together to celebrate the importance of how technology is transforming education.

Google Aquires Baltimore-Based Educational Technology Firm Workbench

Wisewire

Workbench, a Baltimore-based education technology firm, has been acquired by Google , the companies announced. The technology allows teachers to create hands-on, interactive lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies and art or by grade. Original Article Source: [link].

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

Edsurge

How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Join the Digital Learning Network to get updates about all upcoming chats. Keep up to date with all the #DLNchats, join the Digital Learning Network !

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech.

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Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

EdNews Daily

With more than 4 billion users now connected to the internet, 50% of the global population (Forbes, December 2018), it is not surprising that the education sector has embraced devices and software to interact, engage, and enhance the learning environment for students.

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Is All the Technology in Modern Classrooms a Good Thing?

EdNews Daily

In recent years, the way we communicate, order food, exchange money, and more has all been reimagined to include technological advances. And, technology has reached the education sector. The inclusion of technology in classrooms is constantly increasing.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

Edsurge

It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. We have to build adaptive learners not adaptive learning,” he says.

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift

Edsurge

So as education becomes globalized through access to online learning, this becomes even more contentious because the internet is dominated by Western narratives and discourse. As a result, the sources of knowledge production, especially digitally, lie in the West, and often promote dominant Euro-American epistemologies. This backdrop is essential in considering the role of technology in education for building peaceful and sustainable societies.

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Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

Teachers have many edtech resources in their toolbox now. The question is, are the teachers within a school, grade, or subject area accessing the same toolbox? Berger and Joseph both chose to use a data analytics tool, CatchOn, to track their edtech’s use and effectiveness.

Are Curriculum Specialists in Edtech Denial?

techlearning

Curriculum is the what, education technology (aka edtech) is the how. They have to be developed together in order for a student's learning experience to be engaging, effective, and relevant. Edtech Defined Recently I was asked to define edtech.

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Buncee and Immersive Reader: A Winning Combination for Assistive Learning

A Principal's Reflections

While there are many digital tools to choose from when it comes to teaching and having our students create, Buncee’s versatility and ease-of-use make it a go-to tool for all creative needs. There are many ways Immersive Reader can enhance learning opportunities for students.

?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too

Edsurge

Edtech is a vital precursor to “work tech”—the tools that today’s students will need to leverage in college, career training and eventually the workplace. In an economy that is moving rapidly in the direction of more independent workers executing high-level projects for a variety of employers, navigating an ever-changing ecosystem of new technologies will be a fundamental skill for workers. Students need access to tools that work. Rapidly emerging technologies.

Can This Be the K-12 Edtech Marketplace That Finally Succeeds?

Edsurge

In 2012, First Book , a nonprofit that provides affordable learning materials to kids in need, approached the publishers of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and asked: Can you make a bilingual version of the popular children’s book? And many of them have expressed a desire for digital tools.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Regardless of which region of the country the conversations take place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district’s digital transformation. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity.

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Introducing EdSurge's Digital Learning Network for Higher Ed

Edsurge

Open, personalized and adaptive—the latest trends in digital learning promise to help more students get to and through college. At EdSurge we’ve heard inspiring stories of faculty developing digital learning environments that take students to virtual medical labs and outer space and into the inner workings of cells. Still others are pioneering wearable technologies to blend physical and virtual classrooms. This site is a pilot in digital learning exploration.

Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration. We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat. Advice On Using Education Technology [link].

Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Find the Right Tool

Teacher Reboot Camp

In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , students create various digital projects to make a meaningful impact on their communities and the world. With web tools and apps students can demonstrate their learning by creating videos, podcasts, digital stories, multimedia posters, ezines, ebooks, comics, games, interactive images, infographics, and so much more.

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. Yes, use technology.

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

Edsurge

Dubbed “Clever Goals,” the tool lets educators, students and parents see how long a pupil spent on different digital learning programs, along with their “progress,” which is defined differently depending on the kind of edtech software. (It Currently 30 of the roughly 300 apps accessible on Clever’s platform are synced to Goals. They can also create reports for parents to see their child’s usage of and progress through different edtech tools.

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What's Happened in North Carolina With Statewide Support for Digital Learning

Edsurge

And as the Haw burbled in the background last Friday and Saturday, school administrators, teachers and edtech entrepreneurs gathered for thoughtful conversations and exchanges around how to use digital technology to support learning at the 30th EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Here’s what we learned. North Carolina has been supporting digital learning longer than many other states. A Vision for Digital Learning. Student learning: Yes!

"Teachers Talk Technology" Report Creates Snapshot of Classroom Technology Use

techlearning

Today, MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, released the second in its State of the K-12 Market Report 2018 series, Teachers Talk Technology , creating a snapshot of how teachers across the country are using classroom technology. News Research edtech Ed Tech Ticker Policy

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

This year, I resolve to … Support high-quality learning. Frankie Jackson, chief technology officer, Cypress Fairbanks (TX) Independent School District. Oletha Walker, challenge resource/project-based learning teacher, John F. Help teachers learn to code.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools Partners with Discovery Education to Accelerate the Creation of Digital Learning Environments

techlearning

Through this collaboration, teachers and students in 41 of Archdiocesan schools will soon receive access to Discovery Education’s award-winning Streaming Plus service, accelerating the Archdiocese’s efforts to prepare all students for global citizenship.

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Cleon Franklin, a great innovator and former Director of Virtual Schools and Online Learning at Shelby County Schools, said a very interesting thing about what happens when you ungate students. Now imagine that it is possible via custom software and virtual world learning environments.

Edtech in Rural Education

eSpark

Integrating new technology into a classroom can be intimidating. Many teachers worry that they will need to spend hours learning how to use new technology before being able to successfully implement it in the classroom. So, why is edtech so slow to catch on in rural education?