7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

6 E-learning trends currently shaping up the industry

Neo LMS

The e-learning industry is constantly evolving. Some current trends that shape up the e-learning industry at the moment are rather new, others are currently under the spotlight, while others are proven tactics that will continue to lead to great results.

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.

Spectrum Industries Inc. Introduces the TechCenter

techlearning

S pectrum Industries Inc. This new product features a removable rear locking panel that provides access to an optional 12 RU rack cube that can hold all AV or IT equipment. introduces its newest active learning solution, the TechCenter.

Making the case for market-creating innovations: a look at Tolaram Industries

The Christensen Institute

In 1988, Tolaram Industries, maker of Indomie Instant Noodles and a myriad of other products, decided to target nonconsumption in the food industry in Nigeria. People buying and selling food at a market in Nigeria. Flickr: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

Diversifying the tech industry, one party at a time

The Hechinger Report

Access to the funding needed to start a business, especially in the Silicon Valley-centric tech world, is as much about who you know as what you know. Diversifying our social and professional networks helps everyone get access to employment and wealth.

MDR Announces EdNEXT, Next Generation Education Industry Conference

techlearning

March 5, 2018 – MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, today announced EdNEXT , the next generation of its premier education industry conference, EdNET. SHELTON, Conn.

The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

Edsurge

For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The popular response, among some education pundits, policymakers and professionals, has been to increase access to STEM and computer science skills. When we educate people in AI and the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, should those engineers and scientists be designing machines specifically to replace human work?”

Despite industry structure, disruption is finally on the move in healthcare delivery

The Christensen Institute

Many industry reformers believe the solution to this crisis lies in allocating more healthcare decisions and costs to consumers, on the assumption this will inevitably lead to better, more accessible and affordable healthcare. The industry structure also stacks the deck against disruptive entrepreneurs, with professional licensing requirements, and access to patients and key delivery partners, controlled by incumbent providers and insurers.

Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. The ed-tech industry is facing pressure to change that, though.

Google, Expanding on HBCU Pilot, Launches ‘Tech Exchange’ to Boost Diversity in Industry

Edsurge

“Computer science for all” — a favorite catchphrase in edtech — can only be achieved when computer science education is as accessible to traditionally marginalized groups, such as black and Latinx students, as it is for everyone else. Google is not unique in the industry — the tech sector has historically underrepresented female, black and Latinx individuals — but the company has taken steps to be transparent about its makeup.

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. As EdSurge recently reported , there are a growing number of marketplaces where educators can access teacher- and district-created content.

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

This is truer than ever in higher education: chronic affordability and access challenges are a byproduct of efforts to make colleges better and more competitive in terms of prestige. Focusing on the low end of the market contradicts long-held priorities of the higher education industry.

How Wi-Fi Became a Required, "Must-Have" Utility Across All Industries

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Electricity is a mission-critical service, and like electricity, providing fast, secure and reliable Wi-Fi access has also become a mission-critical service. Healthcare Hospitality K-12 Education Higher Education Retail Industrial Strategy Tactical Awareness Stage SMB Wi-Fi as a ServiceCan you imagine going anywhere today and not having electricity? I know I can’t. Electricity is a fundamental utility that everyone—without any thought, expects to be available.

Can a District Disrupt the Edtech Industry?

Edsurge

Selection comes down to the educational value of the product, which ensures that teachers and students are getting access to what they need. Anticipating this deluge, the SCEC requires applicant companies to go through multiple layers of vetting, and provides participating educators direct access to the product developers for questions. Fail fast. Think big. These are the words that edtech startups live by, but schools and districts generally operate at a different pace.

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.

Creating An Atmosphere Of Accessibility With School Online Meetings

TeachThought - Learn better.

Creating An Atmosphere Of Accessibility With School Online Meetings. The beauty of the demand for better access to these resources is that it has spearheaded a movement to expand communication to new levels. Accessibility. Industry

Big Ed-Tech Industry Network Names New Leader

Marketplace K-12

Leadership at the Education Technology Industry Network is changing this week, as Karen Billings retires and Chris Lohse takes the reins as senior vice president and managing director of the 200-member organization. Billings has been at the helm of the ed-tech division of the Software & Information and Industry Association or SIIA, for 14 years, overseeing its growth as a proliferation of new companies representing a range of new types of products emerged in the industry.

GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

Edsurge

That’s the pitch behind GitHub ’s announcement that, starting today, educational institutions will now be able to access—for free—its enterprise and business-level offerings as part of a new GitHub Education package. Our mission is to help developers learn to code with the real-world tools of industry.” Students and schools will also be able to create private repositories so that their work is accessible only to their peers.

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). Disruptive innovation is a term we use to describe how sectors get transformed so that life-improving technologies become more accessible. Similarly, online learning plays the critical role of making educational opportunities accessible to students.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment

iterating toward openness

Via Stephen Downes yesterday, here’s an article about how to use Tor with Sci-Hub in order to privately and securely read research articles you don’t have legal permission to access. Terrible ideas and brilliant ones can be surprisingly difficult to tell apart.

Equality Starts With Education: Why the Tech Industry Should Help Lead the Way

Edsurge

I am grateful for the opportunities that lead to my success and I've since made it my personal mission to help other children gain access to the education they need to succeed, regardless of where they live. The booming technology industry presents many exciting economic opportunities for the next generation. However, without access to the education and training needed to succeed in these new jobs, many risk being left behind.

Using single sign-on to streamline edtech access

eSchool News

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating in a Conservative Industry

Edsurge

Not just in business, but what is it that allows people to get breakthroughs in the industries that they're working in or the disciplines that they're working in. In industry, you saw big titans falling to smart, high-potential young people with ideas. When I started in it, we worked with people in every single industry. These were information industries that collected information about people and then gave services.

Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA’s New Privacy Rules

Edsurge

know the categories of personal information collected about them; obtain a copy of their personal information; know whether, and to whom, their personal information is sold or disclosed; opt out of the sale of their personal information; access and request deletion of their personal information; and. A similar chain of events happened in the education technology industry just a few years ago, when California’s passing of SOPIPA in 2014 setting off a flood of similar rules in other states.

Intelitek Releases White Paper on Changing Education Systems to Prepare Students for the Demands of Modern Society and the Industrial Workspace

techlearning

June 6, 2018– Historic changes in industry should and must have a direct impact on the way a society builds its education system. Revolution: An analysis of Industry 4.0 Our approach is inspired by Industry 4.0 Revolution: An analysis of Industry 4.0 DERRY, N.H.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. The ed-tech industry is facing pressure to change that, though.

Twenty States Pass Legislation to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science

techlearning

access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the ? of more than 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. [

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. The accessibility issue became an obstacle last year when Amazon won a $30 million contract with New York City schools to develop an online e-book storefront for educators. EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access.

Regardless of income level, access to quality care for 2-year-olds is tight

The Hechinger Report

WICHITA, Kansas—Access to safe, reliable child care for young children in the U.S. More subsidized child care, like that available in other industrialized nations, would make a big difference to a large number of families, Rupp said.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

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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Alabama Department of Education Gives Students Free Summer Access to Fuel Education Solutions

techlearning

From May through July, students across the state have free access to two FuelEd online learning tools, Stride™, an award-winning digital learning solution that rewards student progress with games, and Big Universe®, an online reading literacy platform featuring thousands of eBooks.

In the marketplace: A cross-curricular contest, free coding access, and more

eSchool News

Described as a breakthrough technology, IntegratePLUS brings to market an integration application historically absent from the K-12 market, but very prevalent in other industries.

Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

techlearning

a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs. We’re thrilled that middle and high school students in the area will have access to this enriching and engaging summer program, so they can be better prepared for college, careers, and beyond.”

National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply Company and Discovery Education Join Together to Provide Scalable Access to Innovative Careers in STEM and Manufacturing

techlearning

During the immersive virtual experience, students will learn more about diverse career opportunities within the industry of agriculture and meet Tractor Supply Company employees. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 7-in-10 production jobs are sourced from the manufacturing industry sector.

North Carolina School District Expands Access to Books with Online Literacy Platform from Fuel Education

techlearning

To give students access to a vast library of books they can access anywhere and at any time, WCPSS turned to the online literacy platform Big Universe® from Fuel Education ®(FuelEd®) for its elementary schools. Big Universe was a perfect answer to two questions: ‘How do we give these hundreds of students at our reading camp access to books?’ and ‘How do we give all students – whether they are in summer reading camp or not – access to books over the summer?’”

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Alternative Accreditation as a Means to Create Competition in the University Industry Price Structure

Saving Socrates

I love the idea of colleges lowering their costs, universities creating competition amongst each other for the best and brightest with merit based scholarships, and I love the increase in accessible courses online. This post is actually inspired by reading the following article by the AEI Institute. link] I''ve always been intrigued by the process of peer evaluation and critique and I''ve always been a free marketeer.

6 musts when selecting an A+ identity and access management solution

eSchool News

Unlike other industries, the education sector has specific identity and access management (IAM) needs. Here are some pointers to keep in mind while shopping for an IAM solution that’s a fit for the education industry. Securely Control Who Has Access to What Applications.

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them

Edsurge

Larsen says this is a common criticism of OER textbooks, particularly among the conventional textbook industry, and he argues that errors in conventional textbooks are also reasonably high—and after all, he adds, the errors in conventional textbooks were the reason he started LibreText in the first place. There are a handful of professors like Facciotti, who are motivated to try open-access textbooks for pedagogical reasons, and the cost becomes an added bonus.