Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

At the same time, innovative education leaders and classroom teachers are engaging, motivating, and nurturing students to develop mindsets for college and career readiness and lifelong learning, and they are supporting social and emotional development. Education researchers and neuroscientists are learning more about how people learn. Entrepreneurs are building on this knowledge to build breakthrough innovations that improve learning. Accessibility.

The Making of the Modern Librarian: The Value of School Libraries

eSchool News

For a new generation of educators, these pursuits have something in common: They’re all appropriate learning exercises that can take place in the school library. The Evolution of the School Library. Access to audiobooks and online tutorials. A virtual reality field trip.

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Digital Learning Program From @snaplearning Can Boost Your Class Library!

Kleinspiration

Print PDFs, Read Digital Books, and Graph Progress Snap! On a nearly annual basis, I find that one of the last things that I have left on my to-do list is maintaining my classroom library. This can be a frustrating task in a normal year, however it becomes a much more tedious process when faced with a number of common library challenges. Many things can impact one''s class library (space, money, grade changes) and can create havoc on their library.

Curation for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Schools and districts are now utilizing an influx of digital tools, content, and platforms with several hopeful intentions. With the use of these resources, educators are planning to better engage student learning, increase academic performance; and prepare students for an ever-changing digital world. In a professional learning session, a teacher once complained to me that her district was technology rich, but resource poor. Providing greater access to content.

The Role of Digital Learning Platforms in the Academic Growth of Students

Kitaboo on EdTech

What are digital learning platforms? Gone are the days when learning was restricted to the classroom, with the instructor being the primary source of knowledge. A digital learning platform can be a learning management system (LMS) or learning content management systems (LCMS).

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Creating Libraries for Online Students Is Harder Than You Think.

Edsurge

To ensure students can access books and other academic resources even if they’re nowhere near a campus. The Association of College & Research Libraries maintains in its “access entitlement principle,” which functions as a sort of library bill of rights, that all students of an institution of higher education “are entitled to the library services and resources of that institution,” including access to a librarian, regardless of location.

What Makes an Effective Remote Digital Learning Program?

MIND Research Institute

ST Math is currently free to access for districts, schools and families. But why is ST Math worth using during this time of remote learning? More generally, what should educators, administrators and families be looking for in any distance learning program or resource?

EdisonLearning and Pointful Education Partner To Expand Access To Online Career and Technical Courses

eSchool News

The partnership will offer secondary students of all current and future EdisonLearning partners a wide variety of learning opportunities spanning several career pathways with courses ranging from eSports to Entrepreneurship. Learn more at [link]. Learn more at [link].

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles. Across its 80 branches citywide, CPL is putting an emphasis on reaching adults who lack basic digital literacy skills with their Digital Skills Initiative.

How Linways helps the institution of fight back Covid19 with digital learning and virtual institution management

Linways Technologies

Linways has been in the education industry for over 10 years and every day during that decade has been about improving the way we learn. However, there has been impressive progress in digital technology helping out education to move forward, and continue teaching-learning online.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning.

Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

As teachers kick off the back-to-school season, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the role technology plays in your classrooms and how you empower your students to navigate digital learning. To get the conversation started, we asked three former teachers on our team about the benefits and challenges of digital learning, as well as the impact digital literacy can have on today’s students. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

Introducing the Universal School Library, a new Internet Archive collection

NeverEndingSearch

Last week, the Internet Archive announced the opening of the Universal School Library (USL) , “a growing collection of digitized books within the Internet Archive’s larger holdings, made available through controlled digital lending , and curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators and researchers.” a curated collection of 15,000 high-quality books, especially for students in schools who no longer have access to school libraries.

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning

eSchool News

Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education announced a new six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide. In addition, all K-12 classrooms across the district will have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Digital Learning and Tools News

Digital Learning Isn’t Just for Students: How One Teacher Unlocked the Potential of Technology in the Classroom

Education Superhighway

This Digital Learning Day, I reflect on my experiences as a new teacher, discovering the potential of digital learning in the classroom. This was in 2014 when digital learning was still a growing trend and the daily challenges ranged from frozen screens and lost passwords to content filtering, and more. Parents even started asking me if they could get access to programs at home. My appreciation for digital learning took time.

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Teachers: How Will You Approach Digital Learning This School Year?

Education Superhighway

As teachers kick off the back-to-school season, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the role technology plays in your classrooms and how you empower your students to navigate digital learning. To get the conversation started, we asked three former teachers on our team about the benefits and challenges of digital learning, as well as the impact digital literacy can have on today’s students. What does Digital Learning mean to you?

Great ways library media and IT departments can work together

eSchool News

Library media specialists and IT teams can work toward a common mission. As purveyors of digital learning materials and research, library media specialists are aligning with their IT departments to help create dynamic, engaging hubs for students and instructors. Panter, who is the district’s educational specialist, library services, actually has an employee who serves as a go-between for the library and the IT department. “At

Gale brings interactive science tools to libraries

eSchool News

New resources demonstrate libraries’ need for ed-tech partners. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Digital Learning and Tools News School Libraries STEM Top News

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. Among the newer aspects of these kinds of complaints is whether college social media communication meets accessibility standards. Courts are saying you need to procure digital goods and services that are accessible for everybody.” Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

Edsurge

Or just plain online learning. According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Emergency online teaching.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. The post How to reach students without internet access at home?

App of the Week: Education’s best digital library

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. CommonLit is a free digital library of leveled texts — news articles, poems, short stories, and historical documents. All Apps For Schools App of the Week Apps Digital Learning and Tools

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Digital Learning Day (DLD), held on February 5, immersed kids from coast to coast in activities like tinkering with robotics, penning blog posts, and painting digital canvases. The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). It is time for E-Rate to graduate and move to the next phase of learning.”.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. Now, students always have access to current materials.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

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. Those without access at home typed much slower: often under 10 words per minute.

Hitting the Library Circuit With Mobile Making

Educator Innovator

In an effort to reach more patrons and spread innovation, librarians are taking their digital learning and staff development programs on the road. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers everything you would expect at a library: books, computers, story time for the little ones. In 2010, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) was one of several sites to receive funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D.

edWeb.net Highly Recommended by School Library Connection

edWeb.net

” edWeb.net was reviewed in the January/February 2018 issue of School Library Connection: edWeb.net. There more than 1,400 Professional Learning Communities to join. In addition to free webinars, many communities provide access to downloadable resources and discussion forums. Webinars cover popular topics such as Open Education Resources, STEAM, and Social Emotional Learning. Kim Marie Brown, Library Media Specialist, North Reading (Massachusetts) High School.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. The purposeful use of technology can innovate assessment, transform time frames around learning, increase collaboration, enable learning about information and research thanks to unprecedented access, and provide a level of student ownership like never before. Just using it to access information is also not a sound use.

Launching SchoolLibraryNJ (and some models beyond)

NeverEndingSearch

We’re exited to launch SchoolLibraryNJ , a evolving project designed to address inequitable access to resources for K12 schools and libraries and to present the value of librarians in digitally curating resources for teaching and learning.

7 Ways We're Confronting Internet Access Challenges—and Our Own Blind Spots

Edsurge

Alex’s excitement was palpable as this was the first computer to ever enter his home: He was now participating in digital learning and exploration, and he appeared as enthusiastic as anyone. The project got off to a good start, and the students seemed to embrace their learning and the collaborative process. In the following weeks, I noticed that he was not taking part in many online discussions and the contributions to his digital portfolio of work was minimal.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. “To provide students with the education they need to thrive in a globally connected world, we must find ways to design, fund, acquire, and maintain the infrastructure that will make connectivity a reality for every teacher and student in every learning environment.”

Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

Edsurge

Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. the Open Pedagogy Incubator at North Carolina State University brings together a cohort of instructors for a semester of learning about OER practices.

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Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

What you need to know: As the nation faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, and schools continue to grapple with uncertainty and closures, Verizon is providing additional support and remote learning resources for educators, students and parents. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.

How Voice-Enabled Technology is Changing the Contours of Higher Education

Edsurge

Marissa's passion for education came early in her career when she was producing "edutainment" CD-ROM products for The Learning Company. It offers companionship for some and greater accessibility for those with disabilities.

Gale expands historical digital newspaper offerings

eSchool News

New collections include historical archive of The Telegraph – one of the world’s best-known newspapers, a unique collection of Chinese periodicals, and British Library Newspapers. Gale , a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded its digital historical newspaper collections with the launch of several new archives. All collections are fully indexed and the metadata and data are available for text and data mining and other forms of large-scale digital humanities analysis.