Rethinking Laptop Bans (AGAIN) and Note Taking

ProfHacker

Annually, we go through the outrage cycle around laptop bans. Student Erynn Brook took to Twitter to speak about her own experience as a student with ADHD and how she uses her laptop. Here are some highlights: If I’m on my laptop in class I have the following things going on: 1.

Free Access to Social Studies and Science Curriculum

eSchool News

Educational publisher TCI is offering free digital access to its platform for learning social studies and science to qualified schools and teachers until the end of the school year.

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What Happens When Low-Income College Students Borrow Free Laptops?

Edsurge

The post ( perhaps one like this ) described how alienating and awkward it can feel for a student to show up to class without a laptop. With professors saying ‘Everyone take out your laptop,’ it was not an inclusive environment.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

The Hechinger Report

More than twice as many principals in 2017 said students in their schools were assigned some type of mobile device, like a laptop or tablet, than in 2015. The post The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. In many cases, companies are developing accessibility features to be built into devices to promote access for all. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

For others we need to differentiate and make the content more accessible to accommodate for a disability. As classrooms and digital spaces become more ubiquitous educators must understand how the content they create and put in these online spaces must be made accessible for all.

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. The post How to get every student a device and access to the internet appeared first on Christensen Institute.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If If we can’t get every student access, that’s going to exacerbate the gaps even more.”

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

The Hechinger Report

He used that money to buy enough laptops and iPads for every high school student to have their own device, and for every elementary and middle school student to have access to a device in their classroom.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

There are also forward-thinking districts who either purchase WIFI hotspots for kids or park WIFI-enabled busses around the community for family access. 1:1 1:1 laptop program COVID19 edtech ICLE Professional Development professional learning remote learning

#ThrowbackThursday - One Laptop Per Child

The Innovative Educator

Today we''ll look at The Innovative Educator''s early coverage of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Written : April 4, 2008 Topic : Low cost laptops Background : With the advent of these low-cost learning tools, teaching in a one-to-one environment will become more and more prevalent.

This software turns old laptops into new Chromebooks

eSchool News

Using device-agnostic software called Neverware, districts are breathing new life into old laptops. When Waller Independent School District of Waller, Texas, decided to start upgrading its laptops and desktops to Windows 7 in 2014, the district had one big concern: time.

Spotty internet access for rural students limits achievement

eSchool News

Technology and internet access for rural students in some parts of the U.S. is unreliable at best, and this limited access could adversely affect their learning. Rural and non-rural students also have differing access to devices at school and at home.

Innovative Ideas for Reducing Laptop Loss / Theft

The Innovative Educator

This also helps address summer slide issues as the students can have access to technology even when school is out. Students at the school keep the same laptop from year to year. Laptop carts: When Phyall discovered some kids had devices stolen out of bags from the YMCA, the district donated extra laptop carts to them.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

Laptop Ban? Things You Can Do With Just a Smartphone

ProfHacker

The laptop ban on this route came into effect shortly before my trip and it would have been really inconvenient for me to re-route. This ensures I have access to whatever I write whether I’m at work, at home, or on the go. Productivity laptop ban smartphone

Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class.

Edsurge

David Peña-Guzman starts off his Friday class at San Francisco State University like any other professor might: students file in and pull out their note-taking materials, and he opens his laptop to begin lecture. Some faculty members point to research showing how laptops can be more of a distraction than a learning enabler. When the syllabus says no laptops unless you have a disability, it automatically sort of outs those students,” he said.

zSpace Unveils World’s First AR/VR Laptop

techlearning

CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – According to a national study by , schools with one-to-one laptop environments show higher levels of academic achievement. Now with today’s launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) laptop from Silicon Valley company, zSpace Inc.,

Edtech is expanding access to learning–here’s how

eSchool News

A majority of educators (79 percent) and 86 percent of parents in a survey say edtech including laptops, video content, and STEM products, is becoming a crucial part of classroom education at every level.

With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Edsurge

It has disabled our education system, creating challenges to educational access, barriers to student academic progress and strains on teachers’ and students’ physical and emotional well-being.

The Google Cr-48 Laptop. A Review.

The Web20Classroom

Not expecting anything (and not noticing and weird markings or wires) I immediately opened the box to find a brand new Google Chrome Cr-48 Laptop. Here is a short video about how ChromeOS and the laptop work. Not a netbook and not a laptop either. Yep, I am one of the lucky ones.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

Back to School: 9 Best Laptop Backpacks for Students

Fractus Learning

Students are transporting a variety of tech with them each day, and this can include laptops. Rather than just shoving a laptop into an ordinary book bag, laptop backpacks can help to make carrying a laptop more convenient, and hopefully a little safer.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

Edsurge

According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Emergency online teaching. Remote delivery of instruction.

FREE Access to Fluency Tutor to Support Student Literacy Remotely

Shake Up Learning

The post FREE Access to Fluency Tutor to Support Student Literacy Remotely appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I don’t endorse a lot of products, but Texthelp produces some of the best accessibility tools and they work seamlessly with my favorite Google tools.

How Congress and the FCC Could Help Millions of Students Access Remote Learning

Edsurge

With no guaranteed end in sight, we need Congress to take swift and decisive action to empower the federal E-rate funding program to support off-campus learning devices and connectivity, delivered via secure internet access.

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

MindShift

“Beyond being distracting, students also use phones/laptops/devices as objects to hide behind to avoid participating in class or interacting with their peers.” What you’re really talking about when you talk about laptop bans, says Jesse Stommel, is student freedom.

How to Keep Your Laptop from Overusing Bandwidth on the Road

ProfHacker

A solution that’s really helpful is TripMode , which gives you app-by-app control over what gets to talk to the internet on your Mac or Windows laptop. Then, go through and pick out which applications you’d like to have access.

Before You Buy That Laptop For Everyone…

The Principal of Change

Having a conversation with a school administrator, he shared his frustration with his district’s plan to buy the same laptop for every teacher in his school district.

Schools Let Students Take Laptops Home In Hopes Of Curbing ‘Summer Slide’

MindShift

“It has opened up a huge educational resource to our kids who may not have access otherwise,” Hoffman said. Without the school computer, she wouldn’t have had her own laptop to work on.

9 of the Best Laptop Cart Options For Schools

Fractus Learning

In today’s classroom landscape, laptops, chromebooks, and various tablets are a common educational tool. For a school that has its own technology that is distributed to students, a laptop cart is the best way to safely store and charge laptops.

OPINION: Access issues for students go beyond online content, extending to housing and food

The Hechinger Report

Historically disadvantaged students, though, will have unequal access to the internet and to the hardware needed to fully participate in online courses. Campus closures, or restricted access, mean immediate threats to housing and food security for both college and school-aged students.

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem

eSchool News

A lack of reliable internet access at home can make flipping a challenge, but by no means an impossibility. Too many teachers have ruled it out on account of their students’ lack of access. So how can we reach kids who don’t have consistent access?

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

Waterford

“While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem,” the report says.