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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Mark Twain Welcome to the Learning Revolution. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education. To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network. In 2014, we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of GlobalEdCon and we''re excited to share information about our future plans with you at this face-to-face event. Click here to register.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements?

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

edWeb.net

Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like. First, of course, superintendents and school leaders need to be clear on the why. When everyone in the school and community can explain it, they are more likely to support it.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

In others, schools use PBS’s “Nova” program to help teach science. Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. It was about, ‘How will we do it?’ ”.

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

Graphite Blog

As much as we want to deny it, we all have biases based on our life experiences. We must learn to negotiate those differences to better understand each other and our worlds, and to advocate for a better, more equitable future.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

The Hechinger Report

Students first learn about Mississippi history in fourth grade, and that’s the first time they are supposed to delve deeply into the history of the movement to end racial segregation and discrimination. Yet, in the book most districts use — titled “Mississippi Studies” and published in 2005 — only five of 100 pages are devoted to civil rights struggles. Howard , or the Congress of Racial Equality , an organizer of the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters.

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Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then. 2016 was such a terrible, terrible year, and as I composed my reflections on it for this annual series, I wanted to start by recognizing the pain and the loss.