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Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. Schools that are Future Ready are those with empowered teachers, courageous leaders, students who take charge of their learning, and the tools available to support personalized approaches that ensure college or career readiness for all students.

First Future Ready Schools Summit Kicks Off

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Frank Smith School leaders gather for orientation on nationwide digital-learning efforts, in conjunction with ConnectED. Bandwidth Management Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

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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. Organization: Digital Promise.

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How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Regardless of which region of the country the conversations take place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district’s digital transformation. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. The district is also a Digital Citizenship Certified District.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

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The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. Public Schools, digital equity and access to technology at home is a very real problem. ELI is a comprehensive three-year plan to close the digital divide and empower every learner through investment in technology?, They were actually utilizing the digital curriculum as a babysitter. By Charles Sosnik.

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

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And when you look at larger, more densely populated school districts–in urban markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or Chicago–district leaders often face added pressures and challenges to do digital right, and often with little support. There are a few notable challenges that most urban districts have to manage when considering a digital transformation: When I was superintendent of Clark County School District in Nevada, we had approximately 18,000 teachers across 367 schools.

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

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That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. With ongoing collaboration and learning, I have gained a refreshed understanding of what’s needed to achieve our goals, and I remain committed to educational equity. But despite progress, work remains: according to Future Ready Schools , 21 million U.S.

NJSBA Launches Connectivity Initiative to Advance Internet Access in Schools

Education Superhighway

New Jersey school districts have made tremendous progress in closing the connectivity gap over the past four years, but over 10,000 students still need more bandwidth for digital learning. We are proud to announce our recent partnership with the New Jersey School Boards Association on the New Jersey K-12 Broadband Initiative, and look forward to working together to close the K-12 connectivity gap. Read on to learn more. .

Governor Kate Brown Announces Connecting Oregon Schools Fund

Education Superhighway

Building on the state’s Future Ready plans, this fund helps expand efforts to bring fiber-optic connections to students in rural and remote areas. “With the passage of this bill, we will open up digital learning opportunities in classrooms across Oregon.” In total, the upgrade projects this year will catalyze up to $6 million in broadband investment in rural Oregon – a 15:1 return on investment of state funds.

Network Essentials: Securing Buy-In For Your Network Upgrade

Education Superhighway

A shared vision for digital learning. With personalized student learning at the center, the Future Ready Framework provides a roadmap to support school leaders in building a digital plan that prepares students for success in college, career, and citizenship. As increasing technology adoption revolutionizes the way teachers teach and students learn, school districts need to continue to grow their bandwidth.

CatchOn Wins Second Consecutive Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Award

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a software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards. Tech & Learning’s panel of educator judges concluded that CatchOn exhibited the quality, effectiveness, ease of use and creativity to warrant recognition during the ISTE 2018 conference in Chicago. To learn more about Tech & Learning ISTE Best of Show Awards, which is in its fifth year, click here.

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools

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The software provides a combination of simple classroom control tools, student safety features and network administration tools to help New York schools deliver effective digital learning environments. This contract is an exciting step forward in supporting New York schools to help protect their students online, while delivering effective digital learning environments.” Austin, TX, Oct.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.” It is essential that edtech leaders engage in candid discussions with crucial district stakeholders to identify critical digital equity barriers such as access, connectivity, and opportunities. Professional Learning.

Four Takeaways from League Candidates for Superintendent of the Year

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Every year, The School Superintendents’ Association (AASA) awards the title "Superintendent of the Year" to exceptional leaders who work to identify and implement these solutions so students can succeed through leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Learning can happen anywhere, anytime. In Kettle Moraine School District , all students have the opportunity to find the route that helps them learn best.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

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CatchOn provides unprecedented and critical visibility into what's happening across school systems' networks, meaning district leaders can make evidence-based, real-time decisions about digital resources and application usage. Combined, ENA and CatchOn provide a rich portfolio of services to meet the demands of today's digital schools. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

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