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Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S. Evaluating Edtech Quality and Use Matters.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools.

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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. Increasingly, policymakers are suggesting or outright requiring that EdTech products support UDL requirements.

Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review

ProfHacker

Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. If you don’t care about equity in edtech.

Mitigating #EdTech Issues in the Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

With all the promise that educational technology holds, several pitfalls are always on the minds of educators. The top two issues that commonly come up in my talks with educators are the technology (Internet, hardware, devices, apps) not working or off-task behavior on the part of students.

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How edtech is improving special education

Neo LMS

Technology has transformed the world. In the realm of education, devices and e-learning technologies enable students with special needs to take greater ownership of their learning experience. Edtech gives students with physical disabilities a voice.

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"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

Students Speak: How Technology Can Transform Learning

Digital Promise

But what impact do these devices have on us, and are we using technology to its fullest potential? In my public high school, we rarely interact with technology, at least not productively. Barriers to providing all students with access to technology.

Be Transparent: Share the Research Behind Edtech

Digital Promise

The goal of Digital Promise’s Marketplace Research work has been to create smarter supply and smarter demand in the education technology (edtech) marketplace. We have consistently heard from educators that they are wary of claims made by edtech product developers.

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How Effective Is Your Edtech Tool? Five Questions to Ask

Digital Promise

When it comes to education technology (edtech), school leaders and developers alike want to provide the best tools—ones that truly make a difference. The body of research on how people learn is full of tips that edtech developers can use to make learning more effective.

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5 Steps to Ensure Inclusive Technology for All Learners

Digital Promise

“All learners should have equitable access to powerful, research-based education technology. Edtech has the potential to create powerful learning environments that meet each unique learners’ needs and to foster highly motivated and engaged learners.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. Taking a more critical look at edtech.

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DEN Trend Report: 8/16/17

Discovery Education

Benefits of online assistance, according to Care.com, can range from flexible schedules, personalized approaches, affordable high-quality instruction, empowering techniques, expert assistance and access to a variety of subjects. EdTech Digest) By Melissa Maypole.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

Last week Checker Finn and Rick Hess published the first in a series of reports at American Enterprise Institute on the promise and pitfalls of social emotional learning (SEL) in both policy and practice. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

To answer this question, schools need to take into account the various challenges that parents face, including busy schedules, struggles to keep up with new technology, or even speaking a different language than the main language of instruction. Accessibility.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement.

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Building Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the second of a two-part series discussing relationship building in the edtech purchasing process. In our first blog post , we addressed how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. As an edtech vendor, you should do the same.

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Guest post: Using EdTech and AI to reduce social inequality

EdTech4Beginners

Educational Technology and Artificial intelligence are two of these tools, and are already being successfully used by Seneca Learning. Using EdTech and AI to tackle the problem. Crucially, the website is freely accessible by everyone. This is another advantage of EdTEch.

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An EdTech Authentic Ending

CUE

How do we make the end of the year educational technology authentic? . In the spirit of equality, the first activity my students completed was a teacher report card. I used to keep the best and worst report card by my desk the following year as a reminder of both sides of my teaching.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? You can access the full AdvancED report here.

Teaching students financial literacy with education technology

Neo LMS

News reports. Fortunately, education technology makes it easier for both teachers and parents to teach financial literacy and better prepare students for the financial responsibilities of adult life. Benefits of teaching finance with edtech. One in five 15-year-olds in the U.S.

Is edtech a win-win solution for students and educators?

Neo LMS

Success may mean different things to different people and the future can at most be predicted — unknown for sure — but there’s one thing I think we can all agree upon: technology will play an important role in many aspects of the lives of adults in the future. Students win with edtech.

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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.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation.

How educators can make use of edtech into the classroom

Neo LMS

The success of educators nowadays is based on the interrelation between mastering their subject matter, pedagogy and the technology that supports teaching. Teachers need to choose and use the right educational technology — or edtech — to elevate teaching as well.

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Do It Right the First Time: How to Maximize Your Edtech Investment

Edsurge

From cutting-edge computing and cloud services to data-driven instruction and adaptive learning, K-12 edtech solutions are abundant. Let’s explore the four principles that schools and districts should follow in order to maximize the potential of new classroom technology.

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ASCD's #Empower18 Conference Report

techlearning

One attendee commented that “technology tools can support ALL learners in the classroom by assisting students with everything from reading, writing, and math, to time management, organization, focus, and more.”

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The CoolCatTeacher

Technology Research and News A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. Technology in classrooms means little. In some countries, like Turkey and Mexico, about half of the students don’t have access to a computer at home. IT IS HOW YOU USE TECHNOLOGY!

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? You can access the full AdvancED report here.

5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

EdTech4Beginners

Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape. The Journal’s 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey reveals that 87% of educators , agree that technology has positively impacted their ability to teach. The survey also found that 96% of respondents say that technology will play a positive role in the future of education. From using YouTube to learning platforms , technology is increasingly enmeshed with the modern classroom.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ Quite often districts find themselves buying incredible amounts of educational technology, deploying these tools throughout their district, and essentially are left asking, “ Now what? This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Do We Need New Regulations to Govern the Use of EdTech?

Doug Levin

Indeed, the issues and tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face in using technology in schools and for education — whether free or for a fee — are more complex than they have ever been. As Lisa Petrides and I write in a new op-ed for The Hechinger Report (“ What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers? As the developer of tools and services, the private sector will always play an instrumental role in the use of technology in schools.

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Powerful Edtech for Adult Learners: Three Product Demos

Digital Promise

Technology can be a powerful tool for improving access to learning for adult learners. A recent report from SRI found that not only do educators see great potential for edtech, but learners also really like using edtech tools.

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Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

Most people don’t consider education technology to be such an important industry, but it’s actually gigantic. According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

We believe technology can play an important role in adult education and family literacy by providing, at a minimum, anytime, anywhere access. In our work over the last two years, we’ve been heartened by the efforts we see around technology and adult education. In addition, many other traditionally K-12 edtech companies, like Achieve3000 , have begun to look into ways their products might serve adults. More programs looking to adopt technology.