SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

SETDA Says

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Lifeline

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). All for the kids we serve, Director of Innovation.

Access to a Digital Reading Tool Empowers Students to Discover and Enjoy eBooks

techlearning

The promise of educational technology is that it allows every student to experience instruction tailored to his or her learning style and specific learning needs. Equity of access and the opportunity for deep personalization are founding principles of many 1:1 programs.

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21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The new National Education Technology Plan offers a vision and roadmap for technology-supported learning. A new federal National Education Technology Plan reveals 21 recommendations for policymakers, administrators, teachers and teacher preparation professionals.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). Over the years, MLTI has drifted to emphasizing the equity of access to technology.

21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The new National Education Technology Plan offers a vision and roadmap for technology-supported learning. A new federal National Education Technology Plan reveals 21 recommendations for policymakers, administrators, teachers and teacher preparation professionals. The principles and examples provided in the plan align to the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (ITECH) program as authorized by Congress in December 2015 through the Every Child Achieves Act.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). And it wasn’t designed to be primarily a program by which students could develop technology skills (although that was part of it). Over the years, MLTI has drifted to emphasizing the equity of access to technology.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Broadband equity. In December, The Office of Educational Technology released its new National Education Technology Plan titled, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

Technology dominates the education landscape discussion. Language learning has never had the wealth of digital assistance that it has now, but can it aid with diversity goals? One of them is love. By definition, it’s the “motion” of “e.” By LeiLani Cauthen.

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Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education

District Administration

Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. A common challenge with district technology initiatives, particularly BYOD or 1-to-1 programs, is equity of access—ensuring that all students can utilize the same technology, regardless of their socioeconomic status District Administration Custom Publishing Group.

Esports Scholarships Are Growing. Do They Leave Some Students Behind?

Edsurge

Maybe you’ve heard of esports? You may have seen the photos of stadiums packed to the gills with crazed fans or photos of young high school- and college-aged players hoisting sparkling trophies high into the air as they pull in million-dollar prize purses. These tournaments and leagues are the evolution of decades of player and fan culture. With the reduction of technology barriers, cultural barriers have become more apparent.

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. “): In this new digital era for education, we should ask: What rules of the road are needed to ensure that decisions about technology are made in the best interests of students? Ender’s Game is a dystopian vision for the future of education.

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#DLNchat: How Will Net Neutrality Changes Affect Higher Education?

Edsurge

Is the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality the beginning of a new era of net discrimination? That was the question underlying much of our #DLNchat on Tuesday, January 23 when we asked How Will Net Neutrality Changes Affect Higher Ed? There was wide agreement that upcoming changes to net neutrality open the doors to potential discrimination of internet access. Students in urban areas may face increased prices for educational access as well.

Students’ ed-tech opinions might surprise you

eSchool News

Students are more thoughtful about technology use than many adults give them credit for. Students see equity of access as a key ed-tech challenge for their schools, and they’d like to have newer technology in their classrooms.

New Book Looks for 'Timeless' Approach to Rethinking Schools

Edsurge

The key to reforming schools is imagination—and bringing the spirit of shows like The Jetsons or Star Trek to school design. EdSurge recently sat down with two of the book’s co-authors, Pam Moran, and Ira Socol, to better understand their argument, and ask what practical advice they have for teachers and administrators looking to transform schools. Between the two of them, they've probably seen more schools, more kids and more teachers than most people ever do in a lifetime.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Among other issues, the authors of those polls suffered from trying to make too much of the single (questionably framed) technology-related question they fielded.

Record and Upload Video with One Click: It’s Now Possible within Google Chrome

Edthena

We live in a world where playing video on the internet is one click away,” said Dave Weldon , co-founder and chief technical officer of Edthena. “We Edthena users will have immediate access to the video tool inside Edthena when using Google Chrome.

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Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

Since 2013, close to a third of the US school districts have charged into “one-to-one” digital instruction, putting a computer in the hands of every student—and the number is growing. But too many have also had a chilling moment when they realized their bandwidth infrastructure couldn’t begin to deliver on their technology goals. Everyone is saying ‘we are in a digital world,’ so how do we support every student, especially those that might not have WiFi access at home?”

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Provide Out-of-School Access on Devices. Out-of-School Access Chart.

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

We are excited to share their story as the second in our series of Maker Promise videos. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation. Mark: A lot of teachers and librarians are excited about making, but don’t know how to get started.

Building a Shared Vision Part 3: How Will We Get There?

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In short, given a clear view of what this stakeholder group wants the future to hold for their students, it is now time to use that vision to help design the kind of schools, school community, and classroom practices that can be reasonably expected to deliver those desired outcomes.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. This work can potentially impact policy changes related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the ever changing individual needs of students in the digital age.”.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation.

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. Director of Schools at Wilson County Schools.

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The assessment shouldn’t tell you more about their use of a tool than it does about the student’s work using the tool. The tools support the learning, they are not, in an of themselves, the learning objective. This also opens up cans of worms about authenticity and work worth doing.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation.

Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

Discovery Education

Thanks to a series of community outreach efforts, students at the Longmont, CO school district are being immersed in their science education through a career context. In this interview with Discovery Education, O’Toole shares some of the exciting things happening at St. At St.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting. Teacher. Classroom facilitator.

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Why #techquity

Educator Innovator

“Why is it that when young people use technology on adult terms, they are praised as 21st century learners, but when they use technology on their OWN terms, they are castigated as deviant rule-breakers?” This quote from Nicole Mirra’s post at the DML blog stuck with me after I read it not long after it appeared on DML Central’s website in May of this year. and people say, “where do you find time for bags of gold?”.