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.

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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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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.

10 reasons edtech works sometimes, but not all the time

eSchool News

There are a number of factors—10, to be specific—that have a sizable impact on the success (or failure) of and edtech implementation. Related content: How better edtech management empowered our district.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

As the years pass, the gap between Jennifer’s and Maria’s access to technology widens: Jennifer has everything she needs at her fingertips, while Maria does not. But it’s not just Maria who is falling behind due to her lack of access to educational technology and resources.

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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.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

edWeb.net

Previously, these were key elements in developing a strategic technology plan. In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning: Aligning Priorities, Costs, Outcomes and Sustainability,” the presenters discussed new items that must become part of strategic plans.

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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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

edWeb.net

At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer.

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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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.

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.

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

by EZ EdTech! technology advocacy equity school libraries virtual libraries websitesWhether or not we are planning for a virtual experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice.

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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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

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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Why the ‘Best’ Ideas in Education Technology and Reform Don’t Win

Edsurge

Education Technology Entrepreneurship Community Policy & GovernmentEducation reformers and technologists often lament that the best ideas or tools don’t win.

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.

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.

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.

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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Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

edWeb.net

The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. While they may be proficient in using edtech, they don’t know how to create comprehensive lessons to use it in the classroom.

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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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.

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.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. During the edWebinar “ Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” the presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools.

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