Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

How to Improve Student Learning Outcomes with Digital Learning

Kitaboo on EdTech

With the steady rise in digital learning materials, and the various interactive elements being incorporated into these digital resources, the teaching faculty is hoping to create an engaging learning environment and improve student learning outcomes.

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Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes


In other words, the metric that matters the most is student academic outcomes. While these are critical measures in the educational context, they do not directly correlate to better student outcomes.

Outcomes-based funding can help drive innovation

The Christensen Institute

The historical purpose of this spending has been to broaden access to higher education. Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect.

Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

Digital Promise

In this first post, we explore how Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices. The post Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible appeared first on Digital Promise.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

The Hechinger Report

The participation of younger voters will determine the outcomes of the upcoming elections. The post Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

In turn, we risk leaving out a critical ingredient: not just students’ ability to interact and develop as social creatures, but also young people’s access to relationships and networks in the first place. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal.

Free Online Tools to Improve Outcomes for ELLs

Another important benefit is that the same programs and apps containing the tools are also used in many colleges and workplaces, so students will have the same online tools available and know how to access them as they proceed with their post-secondary education and careers.

To balance innovation with protecting students, focus on outcomes

The Christensen Institute

Online education holds tremendous promise: it has the potential to lower costs, enhance learning outcomes, and make college accessible for students who lack the flexibility or means to attend a traditional program. We should also do our best to protect students from low quality programs—and we should especially avoid investing federal money in programs that produce poor outcomes. Instead, Congress should adopt regulatory mechanisms that focus on outcomes.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Teachers must understand, Ladson-Billings argues, that academic outcomes say more about the education system than the child. “If The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Unlocking the ‘Black Box’ of College Outcomes


Consumers today have access to thousands of reviews and copious amounts of data on just about every item they purchase (even the seemingly insignificant, like a $20 HDMI cable ). College outcomes are, as it turns out, a black box. And an emphasis on employment outcomes should not be taboo among college leaders—even within our most-revered liberal arts programs.

How Can K-12 Schools Improve Learning Outcomes with Technology?

Kitaboo on EdTech

Also, with smartphones and Internet connections, they have any time access to online resources. This builds the case for educators to harness technology and improve learning outcomes for K-12 school students. They need to redesign their courses to suit the learning needs of the new tech-savvy generation and improve learning outcomes. Here’s how K-12 schools can improve learning outcomes with technology: 1.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

The Hechinger Report

A really good transition plan shows how each year of school is linked to the next and the final outcome that they’re looking for,” said Leslie Darrell, a speech pathologist in Maine who often works with transition-aged students. “If

Missouri misses Course Access moment

The Christensen Institute

This year, Missouri legislators had a chance to become national leaders in providing their students with access to new learning opportunities. On April 30, the House passed a bill to create a statewide Course Access program with a favorable vote of 110 to 40. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Hopefully, the legislature will consider Course Access again during next year’s session.

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How do you amplify a school’s impact on student outcomes?

The Christensen Institute

They tackle daily work one challenge at a time, but at some point down the road they hope to radically expand the positive impact our schools have on students’ life outcomes. But setting aside any merits and critiques of this approach, it has one major holdup: most schools do not have easy access to additional resources. As I explained in my last post, when available resources are fixed, lasting improvements in student outcomes will only occur through innovation.

Affordability and Accessibility in EdTech

Omega Notes

The most important finding was that the eTextbook’s cost, accessibility, light weight, and keyword search functions were the features that students found most appealing when using the eTextbook compared to a normal physical textbook.

Too much technology could hurt learning outcomes

eSchool News

Students who use computers and learning technology at moderate levels tend to have better learning outcomes than students who use computers and learning technology rarely, according to new research from the OECD. Technology is the only way to dramatically expand access to knowledge.

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

The power of sustaining innovations should not be understated: sustaining innovations are a powerful tool for tackling inefficiencies and improving outcomes for students already participating in the higher education system.

Could more home visits improve outcomes for Mississippi moms and kids?

The Hechinger Report

Some home-visiting programs have been found to improve outcomes for babies and mothers. If it does not, thousands of mothers and babies could lose access to services that participants say are invaluable. The post Could more home visits improve outcomes for Mississippi moms and kids?

Employment Outcomes Data Is All Over The Place. This Report Suggests Ways To Standardize It.


And for those students, accurate employment outcomes data isn’t always easy to come by. A recent report from the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) outlines the challenges around assessing and accessing employment outcomes data, calling the issue a “patchwork of uncoordinated data.” Ironing Patches Standardizing reporting outcomes and employment data has been an uphill battle for advocates.

Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech


It’s something that makes new kinds of learning resources available more widely, but [it] has the unintended and unfortunate consequence of marginalizing students who don’t have access to streaming video. Imagine you’re an elementary school student. Your teacher has told your class to watch several streaming videos for a class project. You might want to watch some of the videos at home, but your family doesn’t have high-speed internet.

Want to expand student access to opportunity? Design to expand their social capital

The Christensen Institute

Put differently, in these programs, relationships tend to be relegated to inputs rather than outcomes worthy of investment in their own right. Half of all jobs come through personal connections and access to warm relationships is a key predictor of longevity and happiness.

Can OER improve learning outcomes?

IT Bill

Several of the studies focus specifically on OER and student learning outcomes. In another study: The Impact of Enrollment in an OER Course on Student Learning Outcomes , Kim Grewe and Preston Davis, of Northern Virginia Community College, compared learning outcomes for students enrolled in an online history course using OER with a similar number of non-OER sections over two semesters. Available at: < [link] > Date accessed: 26 Jun.

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Google Search Results to Include Student Outcomes Data from College Scorecard


Alongside the address and brief Wikipedia synopsis they’ll find information related to student outcomes, such as the graduation rate and the average salary of the university’s graduates. A “Consumer Reports for higher ed,” the College Scorecard includes data on student outcomes for more than 7,000 institutions. College Abacus and Pell Abacus are also incorporating the outcomes data into their financial-planning tools. .

Improving outcomes with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IT Bill

Over the past few years colleges have faced an increasing number of complaints from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requiring their web content be made accessible to people with disabilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)

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Chronic absences, poverty impacting outcomes for Mississippi’s children, report says

The Hechinger Report

More than 27 percent of children in Mississippi are “food insecure,” which is defined by the USDA as lacking access at times “to enough food for an active, healthy life” as well as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

When using data to predict outcomes, consider the ethical dilemmas, new report urges

The Hechinger Report

Some say these methods can help improve student outcomes. Among the suggestions: Train staff, and include students in the decision-making process, giving them access to their own data and training them to use it.

BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: AmeriCorps Volunteers Improve Reading Outcomes in Des Moines (IA) Public Schools


Leveraging the power of the volunteers to improve student reading outcomes requires an understanding of the instruction, the students’ needs, the data, and the resources themselves. They trained volunteers to access Lexia’s reports and use the data to adjust direct instruction.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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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How ST Math Provides Equitable Access for Students in Special Education

MIND Research Institute

Increased perseverance is a fundamental social-emotional learning (SEL) outcomes goal for the designers of ST Math, and is observed and reported by teachers all over the country. This article features contributions from MIND's Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson.

Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, a wrong-minded study was released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research that says that computer ownership does not affect educational outcomes.

Will thousands of prison inmates lose access to college?

The Hechinger Report

They actually asked us what is important,” said Nixon, the executive director of the New York-based College and Community Fellowship, which helps women get access to education after incarceration. But research hasn’t been able to answer what kind of education has the best outcome.

Closing the gap between online and classroom student outcomes

IT Bill

For the past few years community colleges have shifted their focus from one of access to one of completion. Offering online programming is a great way to provide access to higher education but closing the gap between online and classroom student outcomes is an ongoing challenge.