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 Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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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.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

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The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. T he 2015 Speak Up survey findings are the latest in a series of reports released each year by the Irvine, Calif.-based Are easy to find and easy to access on mobile devices (53 percent). Marketplace K-12 Ed-tech games survey videos

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Access does not equal equity

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It ranks high on the education department’s annual school quality surveys, and it’s becoming increasingly attractive to families, with five times more applicants than seats available, according to the most recent city data.

In a New Survey, Teachers Say There’s a Disconnect in Computer Science Education


In a new survey, 88 percent of teacher respondents said they believe computer science is critical for students’ success in the workplace—but two in 10 teachers said their students aren’t taught any computer science. Commissioned by Microsoft, in time for Computer Science Education Week, the survey was conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov, who surveyed 540 K-12 teachers. Three-fourths of surveyed teachers think similarly.

State of K–12 IT Survey Highlights Cloud Technology and Security [#Infographic]

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State of K–12 IT Survey Highlights Cloud Technology and Security [#Infographic]. Cloud migration and cybersecurity solutions are two important areas for K–12 schools looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure, according to a survey conducted by nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow.

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Spotty internet access for rural students limits achievement

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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.

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


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 post Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise appeared first on Wisewire.

New Survey Says Only a Third of College Students Feel Prepared for Job Market and Workplace


That’s one of the findings Carol D’Amico, Strada Education’s Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, found most surprising from a new Strada-Gallup survey on career readiness. The survey took into account the views of more than 32,000 current college students at 43 four-year institutions that were selected randomly. Well, we learned that most students don’t access the career services department. Education Technology Surveys Research

Survey: Science education needs more support

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Twenty-year benchmark survey reveals critical need to improve U.S. Eighty-five percent of teachers in a recent survey said they would devote more instructional time to hands-on science-based learning if they had the chance.

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New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices


That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes. Heitner also voices concern about kids having unrestricted access to video sites like YouTube, where kids spend an average of 17 minutes a day, according to the survey.

17 of The Best Surveys and Polls Creation Tools for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

And as we have argued elsewhere, access to students more. surveys and polls creation toolsOver the last few months we have reviewed a number of interesting web tools and mobile apps teachers can use to collect students feedback.

Michigan Teachers Feel Devalued, Disrespected, Survey Shows

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According to the survey, Michigan teachers felt demoralized, discontent, and dissed. As Ann Zaniewski of the Detroit Free Press noted, nearly 51 percent of the educators admitted that their students did not have adequate access to technology. (Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).

Improving the OpenEd Conference – Survey and Interview Highlights and Data

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Two months ago I invited people to respond to a survey regarding the Open Education Conference and how it can be improved. 139 people responded to the survey, meaning the response rate was (at most) 6.2%. 120 of those respondents chose to license their survey responses cc0 and you can grab their responses here to read, analyze, and blog about. I promised to share with the community what I learned from the surveys and interviews.

Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Less Confident in Ed-Tech Skills, Survey Finds

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Teachers who are most confident about educational technology tend to work in low-poverty and suburban schools, bringing their students a wide range of experiences and potential benefits that other young people may lack, concludes a survey released today by the Education Week Research Center.

Survey: Parents, Students, Teachers Prefer Paper Over Digital

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The survey, The Annual Back-to-School Report , found that 91% of the US population use paper in some form on a daily basis. According to survey results, paper infiltrates our daily lives, as it is in constant use in some form or another in daily life.

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Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Many times, the wireless company just threw up some access points down the hallway with no real thought into how the technology works and how access point placement directly affects Wi-Fi performance.

Some of The Best Tools for Creating Surveys and Polls in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

And as we have argued elsewhere, access to students moreOver the last few months we have reviewed a number of interesting web tools and mobile apps teachers can use to collect students feedback.

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

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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. Public schools must make their websites accessible or they open themselves up to legal action.

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem

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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?

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey


To inform the Federal Communications Commission in evaluating and refreshing the vitality of the $4 billion program, Funds For Learning announces its eighth annual E-rate Applicant Survey. The eighth annual survey is available to applicants on the Funds For Learning website.

App of the Week: Survey student and classroom strengths

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Pairin is a survey-database and visual-representation program that allows for all-in-one access both to survey scores and to lessons for survey sub-skills. Students and teachers then have access to insights and tips based on each personality attribute.

Survey: More Americans Believe Research Universities Drive Innovation than Startups or Government


A new survey from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation shows that 71 percent of Americans believe research universities play a major role in driving innovation in the United States. In contrast, 53 percent of survey respondents said the same for startups. Starting a company at a university, Zheng says, provided his early-stage startup with not only funds to get off the ground, but also access to a wealth of knowledge and resources on campus.

Confessional survey: This is how teachers really feel about the state of education

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More than half of educators in a recent survey (65 percent) said they feel confident about their ability to effectively use ed-tech resources in the classroom–a 7 percent increase from 2016.

Survey reveals why teachers aren’t embracing social media

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Survey reveals that the majority of classroom educators shy away from social media integration. A new survey finds that just 13 percent of participating educators have used social media as part of their classroom learning. The University of Phoenix College of Education survey of 1,002 U.S. K-12 teachers found that 87 percent of those surveyed said they have not embraced social media platforms.

Results of the 2016 National Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey

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The Learning Counsel released the results of its third annual Survey of school and district digital curriculum strategy and transformation, sponsored by Ruckus Wireless. The Learning Counsel’s Assessment Tool and Survey proved to be a valuable aide in this process.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

Most districts say E-rate is critical for internet access

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A large majority of E-rate applicants (87 percent) said the federally funded program is vital to their internet connectivity goals, according to an annual survey that tracks program applicants’ perspectives on the program.

Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

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Annual survey reveals digital resources such as game-based environments and online videos have experienced increased use in classrooms. Teachers’ use of game-based environments and online apps has doubled in the last six years, according to the annual Speak Up survey released on May 5.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible


These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. Accessibility Is a Process, Not a Box to Check.

Survey: Social Media Is Failing To Find Traction In The Classroom

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Survey: Social Media Is Failing To Find Traction In The Classroom. A University of Phoenix® College of Education survey conducted online by Harris Poll in April among 1,002 U.S. Survey Methodology. A similar survey was conducted between October 7 and 21, 2013, among 1,005 U.S.

New Insights on Teachers’ Ed-Tech Ambitions, Abilities Revealed in Survey

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A new survey conducted by the Education Week Research Center offers ed-tech providers insight on how educators think about technology and its uses in classrooms. Twenty-seven percent of the educators surveyed said teachers in their building are.

Why some schools are restricting student access to 3D printers

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A number of factors, including lack of guidance and management issues, lead educators to restrict students’ access to 3D printers, according to a survey from Y Soft Corporation , an enterprise office solution provider.

American professors using information: the latest Ithaka S+R survey results

Bryan Alexander

It’s a survey of American faculty work habits conducted in 2015, and it is very illuminating for anyone reflecting on higher ed and information, from librarians to technologists to academic deans, and, of course, for faculty members. How do professors use information in their research?

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

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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.

Building Thinking Skills to Help Students Access Their Best Work


Hoser asks students to survey their neighborhoods on foot, logging waypoints in a data table. Urban Maker Assembly Academy serves students from all over New York City, many of whom come in behind grade level.

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


Colleges and universities are showing slightly more support for open materials every year, according to the latest Campus Computing Survey —and 79 percent of top technology officers say that OER will be an important source of course content in five years. 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.

Survey Shows Summer Learning Gains Ground

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New research from the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, the most comprehensive household survey of how students in America spend their after school hours, shows that summer learning programs are strongly supported by parents and that participation in summer learning programs is on the rise. However, the cost data raise concerns about equity and whether or not the very students who might most likely benefit from programs are able to access them.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School


a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.