Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. Taking a more critical look at edtech.

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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. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools.

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.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Similarly, Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, IN, said that understanding the total cost also means having a focus for the edtech initiative.

5 edtech accelerators that are changing K-12

eSchool News

Five powerful edtech accelerators are influencing the skills and needs of K-12 students and educators, according to a new CoSN report released during the advocacy group’s 2019 conference.

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Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

Edsurge

Yet, with with the wide variety of edtech resources available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Through this work, we’ve developed four key strategies for choosing appropriate edtech resources. In addition, partner with the education technology provider in developing a plan that will meet your district’s curriculum and strategic goals. As a district, understand what your success criteria is before engaging with edtech companies.

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Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

Improving Education Environments

But the premise of the article is worth testing out — a research study borne of instructional technology use at the New Jersey Institute of Technology showed that robo-readers could be put to good use to help students see problems in their writing, in part because students are more willing to engage their writing over the computer rather than with a human teacher. The Hechinger Report has a recent article out about the potential of software in the realm of robograders.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

Edsurge

Some of the conclusions may not come as a surprise in the Omidyar Network’s report on what works in scaling education technology in different regions worldwide. Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. But what may surprise some readers of the report, released Monday, is what the United States can learn from developing nations when it comes to bringing together all parties interested in edtech.

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. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. Technology Leadership.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. Edtech. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too | The New York Times → Wearable technology has burrowed into college football this season as never before. Edtech. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice. EdTech News News news

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Seeing RED at ISTE : The Latest Edtech Findings

techlearning

How can technology help re-engineer our education system? Project RED, a national research and advocacy plan, is seeking to answer this question through its large-scale national studies.

Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

CUE

We try to keep our ears to the ground here when it comes to the public buzzing around educational technology in schools. Often there are arguments about this piece of pedagogy and that new tablet, but rarely does the entire entity known as EDTECH get disparaged as a whole. EDITORIAL.

The Importance of Technology in Education

eSpark

After seeing first-hand the importance of technology in education, they joined the team at eSpark. In the following interview, find out what led them to careers in edtech and why they're so passionate about student-centered learning. I believe technology can be a means to that end.".

What’s in Your Name? The Importance of Branding for Recruitment in Edtech

Edsurge

Focused branding—especially for the purpose of recruitment—is of particular importance in edtech, as this tends to be a less-than-transparent sector in general. We see evidence of this almost daily on EdSurge’s Jobs Board where opportunities posted by well-known and well-liked companies see as much as 300 percent more traffic than those advertised by companies who’ve yet to firmly establish their brand in the edtech space. Here’s a useful guide to locating “hidden” edtech talent.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals.

The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. As technology has evolved so have many of the opportunities inherent in this strategy. Path Pace Place Choice Voice Advocacy Models There are many mainstream models out there that can be used to blend effectively.

FPU Offers CUE Members Discounts on Educational Technology Masters’ Program

CUE

In celebration of CUE’s success as well as FPU’s continued partnership in providing conference/workshop credit and the Innovative Educator Certificate, FPU is offering all active CUE members a 10 percent tuition discount on the university’s Master of Arts in Educational Technology program.

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York

techlearning

and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc., October 4, 2018 (Washington, D.C.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

At a time when parents, teachers and advocacy groups are increasingly concerned about the uses of educational data, these researchers want to send a clear message about the differences between commercial and research data. However, drawing that line may be difficult as education technology companies increasingly hire researchers to analyze data on product usage to drive further improvements—thus blurring the lines between research and commercial data collection.

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Will New York Do the Right Thing on Facial Recognition in Schools?

Doug Levin

Indeed, it is a story that I had previously covered on this very site (“ Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools “). Currently, New York state is considering legislation to keep facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technology out of schools until a study of the privacy implications, reliability, and other risks can be completed.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

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.

A simple, global connection tool

EdTech4Beginners

Incorporating live video technology in the classroom can be a challenge. Kristin got her start in social impact work as a journalist in international child adoption and advocacy and as a 2nd grade teacher in California. What do third graders in Pakistan and Arkansas have in common?

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Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education

Edsurge

The development of the technology platform has been run by CZI since 2017.) CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. Will CZI’s education technology development efforts remain focused on Summit, or will this work expand to other digital tools? We provide our engineering resources and technology for free, with no expectation or intention of earning a return.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

Edsurge

Meanwhile, the schools that shared their ideas focused on student-centered learning and models that honor the differences in students and “think about personalized learning beyond just technology.” It wants to create a movement of “equity designers” through youth programs, leadership development and educational advocacy tools. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #blackhistory #mlk #edtech #research #2ndgrade #peace #gaed #gaedu #teachersofig #bookstagram #literacy #mlkday #transliteracy. Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair. gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #makered #makerspace #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #robot #robotics #stem #steam #technology #coding #hourofcode #tlchat #proudtobeccsd.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

edWeb.net

However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. Moving to a 1:1 environment requires an overhaul of every district building and technology resource. Step 1: Make a plan.

Educational Leadership for Social Good

EdTechTeam

EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation , dedicated to effecting positive change in schools, and currently supporting a number of advocacy programs including the Our Voice Academy and the nonprofit Student Voice Foundation.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

This is especially the case when it comes to education technology and curricular innovation. DIG has received a steady flow of inquiries and visits from peer universities and edtech innovators. We offer our colleagues at peer institutions and edtech companies nine considerations for cultivating innovation on campus and beyond. Worrying over questions about culture, data and technology could easily constrain our thinking from the start.

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

Edsurge

From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. EdSurge’s managing editor, Tony Wan, will pose these questions to Bill Fitzgerald (New Knowledge), Doug Levin (EdTech Strategies), Courtney Goodsell (Impero Software) and Stephanie Cerda (administrator at Austin Independent School District). Education Technology Events

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Edsurge

Common Sense Privacy Evaluations Common Sense, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, maintains a database that evaluates edtech tools on whether they are safe for use in schools. AppCensus Another tool—though not specific to edtech—is AppCensus. Education Technology Data Privacy PolicySome apps do more harm than good. And “free” apps often come with hidden costs.

Intelitek Recognized by The Edvocate as a Finalist in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

techlearning

Finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions that were entered and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

Edsurge

There’s a surprising amount of momentum behind it,” said Phil Hill, a longtime edtech consultant. Education Technology Teaching & Learning Higher Education

?Forbes “30 Under 30” Education Leaders to Learn From in 2017

Edsurge

The magazine’s “30 Under 30” list, which highlights young leaders in fields such as technology, music and healthcare, added education to the list in 2013 and since then has grown from nearly 90 nominations in 2014 to more than 450 last year. Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana, cofounders of New York on Tech , were also recognized for the work they do to make pathways in technology for underrepresented youth. Elijah Mayfield (27), Vice President of New Technologies at Turnitin.

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. MORE FROM EDTECH : Find the information you need to prepare for your E-Rate application.

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5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! It’s a creative space where students not only can build things, but also create things, such as a new advocacy program on a social issue. “In There is no one-size-fits-all with technology.

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Critical Thinking in Academia and Calling a Spade a Spade

RafranzDavis.com

It would be years before I found “my voice” again in my teaching and advocacy. Don’t even get me started on training…especially technology training. Yesterday, I raised a pretty valid question about the latest craze in edtech…hyperdocs.