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.

Ozobot Classroom - STEAM learning management system coming this Fall

Educational Technology Guy

Ozobot , makers of robots that empower coding and STEAM education for grades K–12, recently unveiled its new Ozobot Classroom learning management system. learning management system robotics STEM

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How Internet Access Can Help Your ESL Students

Kajeet

According to Education Week , there are an estimated five million English-language learners in America’s public school system.

Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. In this YouTube playlist, see what can be found in the operating system on your Chromebook. Watch these videos and explore some of the features that can be set so that all students gain curriculum access.

Learning management systems 101

Neo LMS

Today we’re going back to the beginning to discuss one of the basics tools in e-learning which is the learning management system, LMS, learning platform or whatever you like to call it. A learning management system is totally different from the usual school-based learning. Most learning management systems today require users to log in (teachers, administrators and students) to gain access to full LMS features, such as lessons and assessments.

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Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. What does accessibility mean?

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.

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

Neo LMS

Completely healthy people and people with disabilities are equal in front of the law, they have equal access to education, they can follow any cultural norm they want, and so on, and so forth. Why e-learning accessibility matters: WCAG and Section 508.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Within one of the nation’s most segregated school systems , Maker Academy has attracted a mix of black, Latino, white and Asian students in which no single group makes up less than 10 percent or more than 46 percent of the population.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Accessible gaming.

How presidential candidates can reimagine our nation’s broken healthcare system

The Christensen Institute

There was an understandable sense of urgency around fixing a healthcare system that is not working for many patients, employers, or medical professionals, making healthcare one of the critical policy issues of our time.

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Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company. Through 360-degree videos of the UNC System colleges, students can imagine themselves in an environment after high school.

SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

for Higher Education & Workforce Development , during which each panelist pointed to one key thing they thought should characterize future philanthropic funding: systems change. So I thought more about those prevailing themes I was hearing at SXSWEDU, and reflected on what it would mean to take a systems view. Public and private sector efforts in education, health care, and workforce placement are the result of the partnerships forged by this systems view.

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Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

The Christensen Institute

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect. While there are school rankings for some majors, these ranking systems are input driven, and say little about the outcomes students can expect to achieve.

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“Free college:” Why offering access to something broken does not make it better

The Christensen Institute

But what the promise of free college fails to consider, as The Hechinger Report astutely notes , is not just whether it expands access to those who need it most, but also whether a narrow solution to tuition cost ignores the more critical question of value. Expanding access.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). LRMs join a larger wave of student-centered, next-generation infrastructure tools that put individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the center of learning systems architecture.

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Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

We quickly realized we lacked the robust infrastructure and support systems needed to fully implement our district’s vision of personalized learning. BWRSD made several strategic investments to upgrade our network infrastructure, paving the way for our road to one-to-one device access.

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A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?

Edsurge

This week on the podcast we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure, or in some cases how vulnerable, the tech systems in school systems are these days. Essentially these are the computer systems that store grades and the student records of his school.

School system makes world languages available to military and ELL families through digital access program

eSchool News

Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) is on a mission to bring language learning resources to its diverse community and student body of more than 33,500. About Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Ensuring accessible content for all students

eSchool News

One of the keys in developing new digital materials is verifying that those materials offer accessible content for all students. Today, most learning management systems (LMS) and software programs offer some level of accessibility compliance checking.

Califone upgrades PA system with wireless accessibility

eSchool News

New wireless capabilities aim to address growing use and sophistication of classroom AV.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Simple Way to Determine Your Website's Accessibility

The Innovative Educator

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 say the websites of all government agencies and those that receive federal funding must be accessible to everyone including those with disabilities.

New Analytics Tool From CDW, Lightspeed Systems Helps Schools Optimize Tech Use

Educational Technology Guy

We’re pleased to partner with Lightspeed Systems to help schools harness their device data – rather than be burdened by it – so they can make better decisions about their technology investments, optimize technology use and protect their students’ safety.”

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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.

OPINION: ‘Tests may not be biased, but the system is’

The Hechinger Report

Elected officials, policymakers and community members are outraged when these numbers are printed in the news, but year after year we engage in vehement debate, with little action to change the status quo: an unequal and inequitable education system. Tests may not be biased, but the system is.

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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Palmer High School calibrates the VR system.

How EduKids Connect Systems Increases Productivity in Early Ed Classrooms

Kleinspiration

And today I would like to tell you about EduKids Connect Systems. What is EduKids Connect Systems? On top of this, teachers will also have access to daily reports and all of this with 0 paperwork and with maximum productivity!

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The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

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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Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

The Hechinger Report

The state also had to complete a statewide survey of child care providers linking center reimbursement to market prices to show that rates “are sufficient to provide access to child care services for eligible families that are comparable to those provided to families that do not receive subsidies.”.

Mobile Learning and Indian Education System

EdSense

Keeping up with this ideology, Indian education system has also spread its periphery, in order to accommodate widespread technology. The reach and economical access to mobile learning, has the potential to take the Indian education system, several levels ahead.

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. The entire system is morally compromised and morally compromising.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

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. Rather, the problem results from a fundamental design flaw in our traditional, factory-model school system.

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