How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

Yet as this crisis has demonstrated, millions of children live in homes without reliable access to an internet-connected laptop or tablet that can be used for schoolwork. Eighth-grade students without access to computers or the internet were already more than two years behind their classmates, according to the Urban Institute. Today, more than 99% of districts have fiber connections , and 42 million more students have access to the broadband they need for digital learning.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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.

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3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

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Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn't miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. It's also crucial that when you introduce a new digital learning tool into your classroom, you make sure it will be accessible to your students. Users should be able to access the content in multiple ways and without distraction. Apple Accessibility Features.

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Taking Better Care of Our Devices

More Verbs

Laptops and tablets can be a terrific asset in the classroom. Protection Plan for Students (Make sure it meets MLTI guidelines). Learning-Centered Access Policies & ProceduresBut repairs and maintenance can be expensive. Every school has those crazy stories about how that one time that one kid did that one thing and you can’t believe what damage it did to their device!

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. This disparity in home computer and internet access, dubbed the “homework gap,” was a slow-burning problem for most districts in the days when schools were in session and students could get online at libraries, after-school programs, coffee shops and other community gathering spots.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

On the school side, the students need to become responsible stewards of the tech as well and should be involved in setting guidelines for responsible use. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.


Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. We also know that other school districts across the country are in the midst of trying to incorporate technology to enhance learning, and to close the so-called digital divide — to ensure all students have access to an Internet-enabled device. One way to solve the access issue is to allow students to use smartphones in class.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing. When it comes to mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, the gap has virtually vanished. Even high-speed internet access is becoming more commonplace. Nearly 75 percent of families making less than $30,000 a year said they had high-speed internet access in 2017, up from 46 percent in 2013. How do you also improve quality of usage now that everybody has access?

7 Tips on how to adapt teacher-student rapport while teaching online


If some of your students use Internet Explorer and you’re sending screen recordings with instructions, you should use Internet Explorer for Mac , so you’ll make sure you’re making your guidelines specific. Ask each and every student if they have access to a computer or a tablet during the scheduled time. If not, do your best to provide a tablet for them. Teachers have always been focused on building rapport with students.

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A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students. Yet, the fact remains that too many students still scrounge for the vital internet access their classmates (and technology-enamored school reformers) take for granted.

Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators


By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access. Keep these guidelines in mind when you teach lessons that involve screen time in your classroom:[17].

4 Reasons why an LMS is an excellent tool for your language classes


A learning management system is usually customized to work perfectly on any computer, tablet or smartphone, so students and teachers will have a great experience using it whenever they want on the device of their choice. Read more: 7 digital portfolio guidelines for outstanding learning performance. Even more importantly, written messages exchanged in study groups are archived and can be accessed later as needed.

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6 steps to promote good digital citizenship for all students

eSchool News

They use these tools on their own terms and for their own reasons, many of which aren’t readily apparent to older adults who didn’t grow up with tablets and mobile phones in hand. Our digital citizenship courses teach our junior high and high school students how to respect themselves and others through digital etiquette, digital access, and digital-law lessons.

Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument on Your Smart Phone

Ask a Tech Teacher

Your smartphone or tablet is your gateway to the world of music. The app allows the use of either an electric or acoustic guitar, and it employs the tablet or phone’s microphone to hear what the student plays to assess progress. The FCC has parental control guidelines and information to keep children safe online, with this app, controls can be activated to protect younger students from accessing inappropriate content through the app on the internet.

How To 256 Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

The engaging video summaries of textbook material provide access to more than a thousand full-length college courses. Students join with a free account that can be accessed with mobile apps (with the exception of proctored exams). The two-hour proctored final exam (required for college credit) must be completed on a computer rather than a mobile device or tablet. These are treated exactly like any other lesson under the Teacher Edition guidelines.

PebbleGo Health, Offers Special Educator Preview in June

eSchool News

AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), ensuring it’s accessible to children with vision, cognitive, physical, and hearing disabilities. PebbleGo is also mobile-responsive, improving student’s experience through intuitive touchscreen navigation and providing at-home and on-the-go access on smartphones, tablets, and computers to support school-to-home programs and independent learning.

8 ways to improve your school or district website

eSchool News

To achieve this, your website should focus on the digital customer experience and feature accessible, searchable and relevant information while being easily updatable, scalable and secure. Making your website mobile-responsive means your site is easy to navigate, your content is easy to read, and your web pages load quickly on devices such as smartphones and tablets. Design for accessibility – Many school and district websites are not in compliance with the WCAG 2.0

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Parenting in the Screen Time Era


Traditionally, multiple health and child development establishments have been advising parents to avoid exposing their children to screens and media tools such as TV, video games, computer, video, smartphones and touchscreen tablets to name a few. In October 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendation and guidelines for “Screen Time” use for children and adolescents. Not taking their tablets during outdoor activity time go a long way. *

Green light for using green screen in classroom activities


Read more: 7 digital portfolio guidelines for outstanding learning performance. If you are already using tablets at your school, that is great since you can use it for this purpose. They can upload videos online or directly to an LMS so students will be able to access them anytime. One of my favorite movie scenes ever is when Hogwarts students first learn how to fly in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

How Crowdfunding Is Matching Teacher Requests to District Tech Policies


Policies, technical guidelines and even legal fine print can occasionally throw monkey wrenches into school requests for resources, particularly on the technology side (imagine requesting a Windows tablet only to find the district doesn’t support that operating system). The hardest thing for us is to get the word out to CTOs, CIOs and tech directors at 15,000 school districts about inputting their technology guidelines into our system,” she says. “We

9 App Features That Developers Should Consider When Creating EdTech Apps By @SamPatue


when you see my list of must haves you will see I am looking for ways to build more play int learning and make the time with tablets more seamlessly social. I love working on tools available in multiple platforms because it promotes student access. Guidelines for meaningful learning both at home and in a classroom, what can parents and teachers do to support learning and reflection. Tweet.

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iPads in schools

Learning with 'e's

My colleagues and good friends Martin Ebner and Sandra Schon have released a new e-book in their Open Access 'books on demand' series. Numerous schools all over the world have already focused on the value added to lessons by tablet computers, such as Apple’s iPad. However, at the present time, there is little experience with respect to the didactically reasonable inclusion of tablets in schools.

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PBS innovation program is looking for the best digital educators

eSchool News

All Lead Innovators will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Search for top K-12 educators using digital technology and tools in the classroom open to educators across the U.S. Educators from across the country who excel at using technology and digital media to support student learning are encouraged to enter the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program.

Adobe Flash End of Life & the Threat to Education


The National Center for Educational Statistics shows only about 3% of schools in 1994 had internet access in their classroom. The adoption of the internet slowly grew until 2002 where finally over 90% of public school had access to the internet. Teachers started to have their own classroom personal computers, which was followed by even more advanced laptops and tablets. Quick Take: A waning of an era. Adobe Flash end of life in 2020 is soon arriving.

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This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Follow these guidelines to create a technology infrastructure that support teachers and students. Accessing systems (network drives, online resources, etc.) Wireless access is a key part of many modern organizations. It should be easy to access, reliable and fast. Access to the internet must be fast and reliable. It needs to be of sufficient speed even when it is being accessed by most students and teachers.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

How every school can promote safety in a digital world

eSchool News

Then search engines arrived, completely revolutionizing the way students accessed and consumed information over the web. Today educational organizations rely on computers and tablets to provide a more flexible approach to classroom learning, forming the dynamics of how educators and students interact. Students have access to more resources and information, allowing them to expand their learning potential beyond their immediate physical environment.

SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD’s use of bonds for iPads

eSchool News

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission recently opened an informal inquiry into whether Los Angeles school officials complied with legal guidelines in the use of bond funds for the now-abandoned $1.3-billion iPads-for-all project. Unified clearly designated funds for technology, but did not mention tablets. But officials have maintained that tablets are a modern equivalent of the traditional computer lab and therefore a legal and appropriate use of bond funds.

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media: Do's and Don'ts for Teachers

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Establish Transparent, FERPA-Compliant Policies DO: Locate and review your school or district's social media guidelines. DON'T: Start using social media in your classroom if there are no guidelines or consent forms. For instance, set your personal Twitter account to "Protected" so only those who follow you can access your tweets. DO: Use photo-editing tools on your phone or tablet. Make sure information is only accessible to class members.

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Your agreement should spell out what happens when the guidelines aren’t followed. You can also install an app like Self Control on Mac devices (or other similar tools ) to prevent students from accessing distracting websites. If there are repeated issues or the student is disrupting everyone nearby, the next offense might mean that the student loses access to the device and must complete the assignment on paper.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


COLLABORATE Space provides persistent space to store messages, documents, whiteboards, recordings, meeting minutes, or anything else exchanged on a specific topic or project during a call or meeting at anytime, and is accessible from any device, whether it be a mobile, desktop, or room appliance.

Texas Education On iTunes U


Access Texas Education on iTunes U through in the resources feature on the home page. Tech Details Audio files (AAC, MP3) with extensions.m4a or.mp3 - up to 500 MB Video files (MPEG-4) with extensions.mp4,m4v, - up to 1 GB PDF or ePubs files of supplemental material (these download to the iTunes library or optionally to the iBooks app on an iOS tablet device) How do you share your content?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Teacher’s also have access to tutorials and other free class resources via was rebuilt from the ground up in HTML5 making it compatible on any device, including Chromebooks, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up


Jefferson students live in a neighborhood with poverty at three times the national average, resulting in limited access to technology in homes. A year ago I witnessed 3rd-5th grade students visibly frustrated as they vainly attempted to adequately express their thoughts on desktops and tablets. They were excellent at following directions and working within guidelines.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


Most learners have access to a tablet device, iPad, or some other form of smartphone device, but many don't have physical books at home. Not About the Grade: Challenging Students and Encouraging Reflection Once I had platforms picked out, it was time to identify some guidelines. “Technology invites us to move from engaged to empowered.” — From George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset.

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