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. Building the Digital Dream.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

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Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. State leaders were less surprised to learn that, on average, there are only about six devices for every 10 Utah students, or that the wireless infrastructure is not adequate in many schools.

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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. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

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Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

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A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap.

Five strategies for using classroom technology

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Our research findings illustrate how carefully planned and implemented digital learning initiatives can powerfully impact how students learn,” said Jonathan Zaff, executive director, Center for Promise.

Case Study: A “mega” school district negotiates a better deal

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As is the case in many mega-districts, PWCPS already had access to high-speed broadband. The district put in a request to their school board to upgrade their network’s bandwidth, and sought out additional support to make their broadband goals a reality.

Case Study: A “mega” school district negotiates a better deal

Education Superhighway

As is the case in many mega-districts, PWCPS already had access to high-speed broadband. The district put in a request to their school board to upgrade their network’s bandwidth, and sought out additional support to make their broadband goals a reality. Prince William County Public Schools found its support when an EducationSuperHighway state partner at the Virginia Department of Education shared our webinar on the K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP).

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

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Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Even as many traditional textbook providers are transitioning to digital formats, paper and ink have proved stubbornly resilient. The nonprofit publisher of K-12 curriculum launched in 2016 expecting an audience for its digital offerings. Digital versions are made available for free. “We

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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.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. A different ‘digital divide’ has emerged.

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4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

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The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level. According to an efficacy study conducted by research nonprofit WestEd that evaluated Newsela in two large school districts, using the tool twice a week led to two times the reading gains in achievement scores and three times the gains when used daily.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

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Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010. “The explosion in teacher interest and usage of videos and game-based learning could be a harbinger of a new awakening for digital learning” said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a statement.

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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. students still lack the broadband capability necessary for digital learning.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

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But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. K-12 News Solutions Civil rights online learning poverty Special education teacher

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

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For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Published by digiLEARN, a non-profit led by some of the leaders that launched the broadband effort in North Carolina, the paper offers important lessons for policymakers undertaking any multi-year, complicated change process. That’s a lesson worth learning.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

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These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. After studying the artwork of pop artist Andy Warhol, fifth and sixth grade students made artwork inspired by his creations.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

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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. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning.

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Digital Equity: Investigating the Homework Gap

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In the political world, digital equity has been framed as "closing the homework gap." " In other words, as education becomes increasingly digital, we must ask ourselves: Do all students have the at-home tools they need to complete their assignments? The CoSN board authorized my participation in a work-study program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, under the tutelage of Professor Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

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. Many of the organizations listed have free tools, research, case studies, and resources that can seamlessly be utilized and implemented at the district and school levels. The organization’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

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The “Maine” Connection: How a rural P-8 district connected students to new opportunities

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The students at Maine Consolidated had tablets and laptops to access digital literacy programs like Study Island and Kahn Academy but–because of an unreliable Internet connection and extremely low bandwidth–couldn’t use them.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant.

Digital and Educational Equity

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In the blended learning community, educational equity is a growing concern in districts that use classroom technology. It’s an increasingly challenging issue because digital equity has expanded from a local, at-school issue to an at-home issue as well.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. — Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

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This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. I was teaching several social studies courses, including one called International Problems.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

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His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We But more work needs to be done to shrink the digital divide.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

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Those who receive EIR funds are also required to do a third party evaluation on the learning methods that are being implemented using EIR funds. The Center for Digital Education (CDE) will keep you updated when the opportunity for public comment is open. Staffers from the U.S.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

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Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” “Can Startup College Minerva Reinvent The Ivy League Model For The Digital Age?” Via The Washington Post : “Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature.” Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new. Education Politics.

The Politics of Education Technology

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Challenges to accreditation and certification and the steady drumbeat of “everyone should learn to code” are connected to politics as well as to the business of ed-tech. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. In February, CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, called broadband access outside of school a “ civil right ” for students.