How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

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. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

How Internet Access Can Help Your ESL Students

Kajeet

According to Education Week , there are an estimated five million English-language learners in America’s public school system.

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. What does accessibility mean?

Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. In this YouTube playlist, see what can be found in the operating system on your Chromebook. Watch these videos and explore some of the features that can be set so that all students gain curriculum access.

Learning management systems 101

Neo LMS

Today we’re going back to the beginning to discuss one of the basics tools in e-learning which is the learning management system, LMS, learning platform or whatever you like to call it. A learning management system is totally different from the usual school-based learning. Most learning management systems today require users to log in (teachers, administrators and students) to gain access to full LMS features, such as lessons and assessments.

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Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible. This is the fifth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Within one of the nation’s most segregated school systems , Maker Academy has attracted a mix of black, Latino, white and Asian students in which no single group makes up less than 10 percent or more than 46 percent of the population. They also embraced a nontraditional educational model.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Read more: 3 Benefits of using Augmented Reality in education.

How presidential candidates can reimagine our nation’s broken healthcare system

The Christensen Institute

There was an understandable sense of urgency around fixing a healthcare system that is not working for many patients, employers, or medical professionals, making healthcare one of the critical policy issues of our time.

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“Free college:” Why offering access to something broken does not make it better

The Christensen Institute

But what the promise of free college fails to consider, as The Hechinger Report astutely notes , is not just whether it expands access to those who need it most, but also whether a narrow solution to tuition cost ignores the more critical question of value. Expanding access.

Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

The Christensen Institute

outlined his three-part proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA): simplify the FAFSA, restructure and streamline student loan repayment, and hold programs accountable for student loan defaults. Education Blog

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Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company. Through 360-degree videos of the UNC System colleges, students can imagine themselves in an environment after high school.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). LRMs join a larger wave of student-centered, next-generation infrastructure tools that put individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the center of learning systems architecture.

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New Analytics Tool From CDW, Lightspeed Systems Helps Schools Optimize Tech Use

Educational Technology Guy

We’re pleased to partner with Lightspeed Systems to help schools harness their device data – rather than be burdened by it – so they can make better decisions about their technology investments, optimize technology use and protect their students’ safety.”

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SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

for Higher Education & Workforce Development , during which each panelist pointed to one key thing they thought should characterize future philanthropic funding: systems change. So I thought more about those prevailing themes I was hearing at SXSWEDU, and reflected on what it would mean to take a systems view. Public and private sector efforts in education, health care, and workforce placement are the result of the partnerships forged by this systems view.

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Mobile Learning and Indian Education System

EdSense

Keeping up with this ideology, Indian education system has also spread its periphery, in order to accommodate widespread technology. The reach and economical access to mobile learning, has the potential to take the Indian education system, several levels ahead.

School system makes world languages available to military and ELL families through digital access program

eSchool News

Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) is on a mission to bring language learning resources to its diverse community and student body of more than 33,500. About Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Califone upgrades PA system with wireless accessibility

eSchool News

As educators continue to deploy more sophisticated audio-visual technology in the classroom and outside, Califone International LLC has upgraded its portable PA419-02 wireless speaker with new wireless capabilities.

How EduKids Connect Systems Increases Productivity in Early Ed Classrooms

Kleinspiration

And today I would like to tell you about EduKids Connect Systems. What is EduKids Connect Systems? This tool is perfect for early childhood schools and programs, day cares, education centers, even babysitters and special needs programs.

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Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

Putting a thoughtful transition to digital learning in place affords us the opportunity to provide greater clarity and coherence regarding our district’s vision of teaching and learning to educators, students, and our community. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools

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The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

Education Elements

Today we have access to more instructional strategies, procedures, and technologies than ever before. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Technology Blended Learning Models Anthony Kim District LEaders School Leaders EdTech

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Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. A brand new education system?

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OPINION: School counselors must ‘move mountains’ to help undocumented students access US higher education

The Hechinger Report

It is no wonder that so many young immigrant children, or children of immigrants, whom we are serving in our education system feel unwelcomed and scared. Doe (1982) ensures that students, regardless of immigration status, have access to free K-12 public education, we have created an environment that confines these students and hampers hopes of higher education. The generations after us will look back at 2019 one day and be ashamed of our apathy.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. As Cox explained: It’s my opinion as a special educator that not all students are the same.

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

In a recent paper , I highlight five institutions that are innovating against a triple threat: (1) rising costs, (2) students who are shut out of higher education, and (3) persistent misalignment between what higher education is producing and what the labor market is demanding.

OPINION: ‘Tests may not be biased, but the system is’

The Hechinger Report

Elected officials, policymakers and community members are outraged when these numbers are printed in the news, but year after year we engage in vehement debate, with little action to change the status quo: an unequal and inequitable education system.

#AskExcelinEd: Are State Data Systems Important to Improve Education??

ExcelinEd

The public deserves access to critical information that can support student success—especially the parents, educators and state leaders working each day on behalf of students. Do students have access to the courses they need to be prepared for the future?

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all.

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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Digital humanities in Higher Education

Neo LMS

In my last post we left off pondering what digital humanities are and how — especially in higher education — advanced cross-sections between the written word and digital technology are creating new areas of study in the humanities. Digital humanities in Higher Education.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Teaching students financial literacy with education technology

Neo LMS

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. Gamifying the education process. One in five 15-year-olds in the U.S.

Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

The Hechinger Report

The state also had to complete a statewide survey of child care providers linking center reimbursement to market prices to show that rates “are sufficient to provide access to child care services for eligible families that are comparable to those provided to families that do not receive subsidies.”.

New Texas bill would increase access to online courses

The Christensen Institute

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Texas State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing for SB 894, a bill that would expand students’ access to courses through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Testimony to the Texas Senate Education Committee. My name is Thomas Arnett, and I am an Education Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. In our research, we look at education from a unique perspective.

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Some ideas for Course Management Systems and Apps

Educational Technology Guy

There are a lot of course management tools available for educators, including Blackboard and PowerSchool, that allow educators to do attendance, grading, post and organize resources and lessons, and interact with students. Edmodo is a free social learning network for teachers, students and schools, providing a way to connect and collaborate, share content, access homework and grades, and much more. You can create groups and blogs and use the messaging system.

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How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

The Hechinger Report

In Georgia, the governor has a high degree of influence over spending for higher education. A report released two weeks before the election portrays two Georgia university systems, split along racial and class lines.

What to do After Your Education System is Hacked

techlearning

As part of my job at the World Bank , I help ministries of education think through issues related to the use of new technologies in education. For many education systems, when it comes to be being hacked, it's not a question of if , but rather, when , what , and to what extent ?

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

” Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between the number of under-skilled Rhode Islanders and the number of adult education openings available through the state. Even if there were enough adult education services to help each person, some adults are unaware of which skills they need. Nilson, a participant in the program and a former educator in his native Brazil, put it simply: “How can you know you have to learn if you don’t know what’s there to learn?”

Toolkit outlines steps for ensuring accessibility

eSchool News

Accessibility is a “critical key” when it comes to leveraging technology for all students — including those with disabilities, according to a new toolkit offering accessibility resources and tips for state and district education leaders.