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. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S.

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. TCI’s science and social studies curriculums and services for educators are based on proven teaching strategies and practices that bring education to life in order to achieve consistent and positive classroom results.

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Kajeet and Google Power Rolling Study Halls

Kajeet

Kajeet is proud to announce its work with Google to provide filtered Wi-Fi access on school buses for Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. This Google initiative is designed to transform the school bus into an extension of the classroom by providing students with devices to take home as part of a 1:1 program and filtered Wi-Fi on the school bus powered by the Kajeet SmartBus ™. Mobile Broadband Ed Tech Inspiration Bus WiFi SmartBus

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

Waterford

According to a new study by AdvancED that observed 140,000 classrooms, “in 92,190 classrooms (64.6 “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. You can access the full AdvancED report here.

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. For example, Chromebooks have their own settings menu with accessibility features, while Apple continues to pave the way with its innovative assistive technology practices. Just as it is important to model skills to teach students, the same philosophy can be applied to accessibility features.

HE trends: How do students decide to study?

Neo LMS

Student behavior when choosing the right education provider, study location or program is clearly shifting in today’s digitized age, and schools are modifying their recruitment strategies to meet the student demand in the two-way process of university admission. In order to uncover the trends and attitudes of prospective students during university selection, higher education portal educations.com has conducted a study involving over 32,000 students of 192 different nationalities.

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Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

In partnership with the Center for Global Education at Asia Society , the League of Innovative Schools has launched innovation study tours –– a learning opportunity focused on deeper learning and equity. Similar to the League’s cohorts , innovation study tours focus on discussing challenges and sharing best practices and resources. However, what makes study tours distinctive is that they can occur within the context of international learning ecosystems.

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. After all, “it's not just enough to put materials in Blackboard if it's not going to be accessible,” says Jennifer Albat, instructional designer at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Online research program offers first ever covid-19 independent study

eSchool News

Pioneer Academics, the college-accredited online research program for high school students, has launched Pioneer Open Summer Study (POSS), a free program that gives any interested high school student the opportunity to participate in independent studies about COVID-19.

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With No Study Buddies, More College Students Turn to Cheating

Edsurge

He says he would never use such sites, but he understands their lure this semester, since he is finding it so hard to find other students to study with because of COVID restrictions. So only one student might have asked the question, but a hundred students might access it and use the answer.”

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Study: Boosting soft skills is better than raising test scores

The Hechinger Report

A new Chicago study shows that students who attend schools that foster soft skills do better in high school and beyond. The study, “ School effects on socio-emotional development, school-based arrests and educational attainment ,” is still a working paper, which means it has not yet been peer-reviewed and may still undergo revisions. For example, students said how much they agree with a statement like, “If I need to study, I don’t go out with my friends.”

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Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new study finds that students are using tech for self-directed learning outside of school. Access Points Bring Your Own Device Classroom Mobility Networking Online Learning

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. We’d also have access to historical documents from the British Museum – such as notes from an English merchant in Syria in 1739 – and to the prisoner of war archives from the Red Cross.

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

Waterford

According to a new study by AdvancED that observed 140,000 classrooms, “in 92,190 classrooms (64.6 “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. You can access the full AdvancED report here.

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Studying

Kleinspiration

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Stress-Free Studying I always give my Scholastic posts a lot of thought. I am excited to share a few of my favorite studying tools with you. I am aware that there are tons of tools available for studying; however, I always use the following to determine if a tool is awesome. Quizlet Quizlet states it best, "We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free." What are some of your favorite study tools?

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3 Apps to Build Solid Study Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

For that, students require study. There’s an easy-to-access setting that allows you to use your finger as an eraser. Students can create a group Realtime Board to work on projects, study, or share research. Choose either the study or browse mode. Brainscape is accessible from desktops, smartphones, and tablets and synced across all devices when the user creates an account. Lower rated flashcards are repeated more often to assist with studying.

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What Two National Studies Say About Successful Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Empirical studies suggest that instructional coaching can provide a critical form of teacher professional development (PD). Committed to improving teacher PD, Digital Promise has worked to identify the features of effective coaching programs through a study of the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP). Recommendation: In addition to coaching resources and training, coaches benefit from access to ongoing mentorship.

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Small population studies can revolutionize clinical trials

The Christensen Institute

This is a dramatically different model compared to the current standard of large population studies. Today, more researchers are acknowledging the shortcomings of large population studies that often fail to account for variability between patients. They could also reduce cost of drug development by eliminating some of the need for large-scale population studies. This is the final piece that will unlock access and efficacy.

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Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

You’ll see a lot of instances of cultural responsiveness in a particular classroom but not systemwide,” says Leah Peoples, a researcher at New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools who is studying it. The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Maker Academy teacher Gerry Irrizary assisting students in his Design Principles class. Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report.

Sudden Shift to Online Learning Revealed Gaps in Digital Literacy, Study Finds

Edsurge

The study, done by education professors at Bridgeport State University, posed five open-ended questions: What has been your experience? Districts need to provide access to teachers to professional development that are digestible and not [overly time consuming],” she says. “A

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University Scholars Plant Seeds In a New Field of Study: Early Childhood Policy

Edsurge

Over the past two years, the consortium has created open-access materials intended to make it easy for universities to start offering coursework on the topic of early childhood policy.

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The data also makes it evident that low-income households – especially our black and Hispanic families – make up a disproportionate percentage of the 5 million families without access. For more on how your district can support students’ at home access, visit FCC.gov.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

In this second (and last) post in our mini-series on EdTech that revolutionizes access for differently abled communities ( last time we explored tech that enabled visually disabled students) we’ll explore eye-gaze technology — the rapidly advancing assistive technology that is offering physically disabled students enormous freedom in terms of accessing education, communication, information and entertainment. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Find new ways to connect with students in or out of the classroom with easy-to-access resources from the six programs below: . Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

How Smart Tech and IoT are Making Educational Spaces More Accessible

Ask a Tech Teacher

The schools that do place emphasis on the needs of their students often have programs that encourage accessibility as well as accessible classrooms. Smart technology that is connected by the Internet of Things (IoT), however, is beginning to change all of this by making classrooms and campuses around the country more accessible while crafting a better learning environment for every student. Crafting Smart, Accessible Learning Environments.

3 Ways to use Kami in a Social Studies Classroom

EdTechTeacher

In social studies classrooms around the world, teachers use documents and images as a daily part of their curriculum. Below, we will explore three ways Social Studies teachers can use Kami in their classrooms! Primary sources give students access to information and content that may be left out when just studying secondary sources. Students can insert images onto the map that directly relate to the area studied.

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Teachers Provided Access to TCI’s Digital Social Studies and Science Curriculums During COVID-19 Crisis

techlearning

K-12 teachers can turn to interactive, standards-aligned programs to support remote learning

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework.

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10 Space Websites That Will Launch Your Class Study

Ask a Tech Teacher

They choose what science their satellite will study, select the wavelengths, instruments, and optics that will be required, and then build! To build a satellite, students must understand advanced topics like wavelength and optics, and research scientific areas such as black holes, the Early Universe, and galaxies as they select what their satellite will study. Use this game when studying space, problem solving and critical thinking. Space units are always exciting.

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5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course for history / social studies teachers. 5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons. We’re talking about five free tech tools to try in social studies lessons!

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Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

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. Pittman said that “if you can’t see what [students] need and it’s not an obvious disability then [accessibility] is something that should be addressed for all students.” Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

The biggest danger that higher education faces as a sector, though, is the loss of gains that we have made over the past 20 years in access to a college education — with all of the accompanying benefits to individuals and our entire society — for first-generation and minority students.

Making Access and Equity a Reality for Diverse Students

edWeb.net

Large school districts in different parts of the United States have now developed systematic ways to increase diverse students’ access to advanced courses, and the districts are also providing other important aspects of an equitable education that prepares the students for 21st century careers.

How to balance work and study as a teacher

eSchool News

Formal study. Going back to study while teaching can not only be fulfilling, but add sought-after skills and qualifications to your CV. Despite this, one challenge for those considering further study is the delicate work and study balance. To maintain this balance, there are some tips you can employ to ensure both your classroom work and study to thrive. These can give you the ability to study outside of work hours and complete assessments in your own time.

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