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Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

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Baker’s experience was reflected in the results of a survey sent by BrightBytes, an education data company, from April to June 15. Here is the full report.) Not surprisingly, those who rely on cell phones to do so report having the hardest time. The survey found that students report being less likely than teachers to have a consistently quiet place to work. Teachers report overwhelmingly using their LMS—but few other educational technology programs.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. And a recent article in EdSurge, “ Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access ,” shared several more ideas that districts, government agencies, and telecommunications companies have advanced. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Yet, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center report , about five million households with school-aged children are mired in the so-called homework gap, because they can’t afford broadband or they live in underserved rural areas, such as the expanse of farms and hillside vineyards of this Virginia district spreading south from Charlottesville to the small town of Scottsville along a bend in the James River. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Been quoted in an article on ransomware in K-12 education. I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Many want technology firms to do more, but they are divided on how to balance free speech and safety issues online. Summer.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth. Included in the new report and accompanying website are case studies of success stories. As Fox said when discussing SETDA’s report, a network like CEN might not work for every state.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

John Harrington, Funds for Learning Among the groups commenting on the issue, both ISTE and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) raised the possibility that digital education providers can pay to deliver their content more quickly, and wondered aloud if the move would deepen the digital divide. Last month, an article in from New America, a think tank, raised the specter that the FCC could overhaul the program once again, this time cutting funding.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: March 25, 2017 Lower-income Americans still lag in tech adoption | Pew Research Center → Even as many aspects of the digital divide have narrowed over time, the digital lives of lower- and higher-income Americans remain markedly different. Based on this article, that's an understatement.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: March 25, 2017 Lower-income Americans still lag in tech adoption | Pew Research Center → Even as many aspects of the digital divide have narrowed over time, the digital lives of lower- and higher-income Americans remain markedly different. Based on this article, that's an understatement.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. The school district is working to raise money for more computers and technology training, hoping to better prepare its students for an increasingly digitized economy. After the camp, 63 percent reported an interest in the field.

Hack Education Weekly News

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Department of Education recently announced it would miss a key deadline to repeal an Obama administration rule that seeks to hold career-education programs accountable for producing graduates with unmanageable debt,” Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest on " gainful employment." “ Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town,” writes The Hechinger Report.

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Education Technology's Inequalities

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That was the conclusion of an Oxfam report issued in January. Take, for example, ProPublica ’s article on Donald Trump’s son-in-law and “consigliere”: “ The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard.”). Reports of hate crimes and racist graffiti spiked on school campuses across the country following Trump’s election. What sorts of biases are built into digital technologies because of this?

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No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. Via Mic : “On Thursday, Pearson , an education publishing company, apologized for publishing a nursing textbook section that contained racist material about treating patients from different cultural backgrounds who have acute and chronic pain.”

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” One of the flaws, I think, of much of the reporting on education technology is that it treats “ed-tech” as a product without a politics and without a practice. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August.

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Nikki Haley of South Carolina has signed into law a measure that requires the state’s public colleges and universities to publish reports of conduct violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, and hazing at fraternities and sororities.” ” Here are some reading suggestions from ProPublica : “The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting on Trump University.” Education Politics.

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Via Broadly : “ Betsy DeVos to Meet with Men’s Rights Groups , Reports Say.” On the US House of Representatives’ proposed budget : “$2 Billion for Teacher Training, Salaries Eliminated in House Budget Plan,” Education Week reports. Via Chalkbeat : “Report: Special education voucher program leaves some of New York City ’s poorest families without services.” Tutoring company Clark has raised $2.2

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Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” ” asks The Hechinger Report. Edsurge reports that NewSchools Venture Fund is running another competition – this one to fund entrepreneurs who build PreK–12 special education apps. ” asks The Hechinger Report. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. My response to the report.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The Horizon Report. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was best known for its annual Horizon Report, its list of predictions about the near-future of education technology. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on.