Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating.

How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

Vaidyanathan has her students learn the basics of coding by creating clever art and animations—works that would be nearly impossible to create with a pencil and paper but can be done with just a few lines of code. Digital Digital Learning Featured Technology girls coding

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When Colleges Sign ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Deals, Can Students and Professors Opt Out?


When colleges sign deals with publishers to sell digital textbooks and homework systems directly to students, they’re required by federal regulations to offer those materials at discounted prices.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. They are also more likely to back the initiative when the focus is on the learning and how to leverage tech to support it, rather than just on what device to get.


Technology, Community & the Future – Reflections at SPU

Improving Education Environments

On November 17, I spoke at Seattle Pacific University to a group of faculty, administrators and support staff regarding how digital learning and educational technology can support notions of community and active learning in alignment with both a liberal arts and a faith-based mission. We spent the last 20 minutes talking about potential solutions, advocacy efforts, and methods to keep all administrative departments on the same page.

SETDA Highlights from 2017


2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […]. Best Practices Digital Learning Personalized Learning Policy Uncategorized

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

schools are buying tremendous amounts of technology, placing these tools in classrooms, and often are left wondering what to do with it. On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Blog Amplify Digital Learning Future Ready Schools Kristin Ziemke

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. What experiences made you passionate about educational technology? The district tried to tell me that was the only pot of money available for technology.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. LPS set out to develop a home-grown ed-tech tool to make this personalized learning system more efficient.

They helped all schools get good internet, now they’re focusing on homes

The Hechinger Report

More than 99 percent of schools nationwide have access to speedy and reliable internet, making online learning an option for their students. School buildings are closed because of coronavirus, and the bandwidth that powered digital learning for kids is going unused.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about


So here are eight ed-tech organizations every teachers should know about: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). ISTE describes itself as a community of educators passionate about technology. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. Digital Promise.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide


Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. The future belongs to the connected--and the Digital Equity Act aims to connect us all.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


After seven years of coordinated efforts to improve internet access in schools, thereby laying the foundation for digital learning to take root and expand in U.S. can access digital learning in their classrooms (with 2 million to go).

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Help Leaders in Rural School Districts is delighted to announce a partnership with CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) to help leaders in rural school districts who are dedicated to taking the Digital Leap. edWeb Blog Press Releases CoSN district leadership rural districts Technology

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

Jamar McKneely (background) tours a science and technology event at Edna Karr High School, one of the schools in his InspireNOLA charter school network. Perhaps no school system had a distance learning plan in place that anticipated a shutdown on the scale of the coronavirus closures.

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

That was the thought the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) had when creating their most recent report, “ Engaging Youth in a Connected World ,” in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Outlier Research. The importance of mapping your out-of-school-time learning ecosystem.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

?Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard


“For personalized learning to thrive, principals must create a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community to share a vision for an improved learning experience.”. This is one of the principles championed by Future Ready Schools (FRS), a project of the policy and advocacy organization, Alliance for Excellent Education. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

This is the third post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

Why Teacher-Driven Coaching Looks Different for Every Learner


Recently, my school district—like many across the country—has begun to explore ways to increase students’ technology use in thoughtful ways, especially at the middle and high school level. Early on, he tried to introduce more technology, but the sight of so many of his students clicking through their school day wasn’t the instruction he had initially envisioned. We need the opportunity to reflect on our practice and to learn from one another’s strengths in pedagogical practice.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. ” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.

Buncee is headed to FETC19


The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. See how students can use Buncees to represent their Project Based Learning in a more authentic and meaningful way. Join me to learn about these powerful tools.

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

The nonprofit broadband advocacy group found nearly 45 million students enjoy in-school access to high-speed internet connectivity, up from 39 million in 2017. million students and 1,356 schools lack basic infrastructure needed for digital learning, according to the report. .

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edWeb and CoSN Partner to Support Superintendents and District Leaders

CoSN collaborates with superintendents to increase their capacity to lead technology efforts and is dedicated to helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leaders build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Framework: Future Ready’s Transformation Framework


How can school and district leaders leverage research-based practices and models of success to create an effective personalized learning ecosystem for all learners? The Framework is built with seven “gears” to guide digital conversion, fused by collaborative leadership. Personalized Professional Learning. These strands include detailed, practitioner-created frameworks and support for district leaders , principals , technology leaders , instructional coaches , and librarians.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. Socioeconomics also plays a huge role in digital equity for rural districts such as the Florida and Wisconsin school districts.

8 ways schools can become truly Future Ready

eSchool News

Advice for districts seeking to become better at digital teaching and learning. The backbone of the project is a short pledge superintendents take confirming their commitment to enlightened digital learning and advocacy (about 2,000 superintendents have signed it so far).

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)


From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. But it’s become increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, as concerns persist over quality, inequitable disparities in digital-learning participants and outcomes. Learning Science Truths All Educators Should Know : Left brain, right brain, learning styles and preferences.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Technology Leadership.

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Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

And so, yes, I’ve kind of started very quickly after accepting the award for Instructional Technologist of the Year, then TCEA – as many of our state affiliates has a strong advocacy arm for educational opportunities here in Texas.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. We selected Amber Case, author of Calm Technology : Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design, to address this theme as one of our keynote speakers.