Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

OER remains a recent invention and the relatively large technology investments required to successfully implement a digital content strategy in schools just hadn’t been made in very many places. Blog OER copyright open content procurement public vs. private textbooks

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Education Week : “Final Tax Bill Keeps Teacher Deduction at $250 , Cuts State and Local Deductions.” More on the Kentucky college in The Chronicle of Higher Education.). State and Local) Education Politics. ” Education in the Courts.

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(National) Education Politics. ” Via Bloomberg : “ Campus Rape Loses Special Status in Trump’s Education Department.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Dept. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” More via The Hill and via the Department of Education’s press office. State and Local) Education Politics.

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Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “For Some Republicans, Trump ’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Trump Threatens Visas for Those From China.” ” Education Politics. Via NPR : “The Return Of Bilingual Education In California ?” Education in the Courts.

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(National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a “rethink schools” tour. ” “What DeVos Got Wrong in Her Speech on the ’ Dear Colleague’ Letter ,” Scott Schneider writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education. Education in the Courts. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ U. ” asks Education Week.

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Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight. ” “ Clown College Calls National Rash of Rumored Clown Scares ‘Troubling’,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Education Politics. Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department slammed for charter school oversight – by its own watchdog office.”

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Education Politics. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the Secretary of Education – the first time that a Vice President has had to break a tie in the Senate for this sort of vote. See also, via Market Watch : “ K12 ’s stock rallies after DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education.” Via The Hechinger Report : “Why Betsy DeVos ’ vision of education does little to ensure equity.” Education in the Courts.

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Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do? ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” The NAACP endorses OER.

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” Via NPR : “ Trump Budget Reduces Education Spending , Raises Funding For School Choice.” ” Also via NPR : “President Trump’s Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Would Mean for Higher Ed.” ” “ No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal,” Edsurge frets.

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(National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “The Education Department Quietly Invited Anti-LGBT Groups To A Father’s Day Event.” State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education.

Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

Here are four people I spent some time with and whose powerful ideas are changing education: Miguel Brechner. Brechner is not ignorant of the fact that broadband provision is a necessity for such projects to succeed, indeed he even declared that 'broadband is a human right'.

March 12th Global Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship (DigitalCitizenship.com)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Select CoSN Member or Non-member, change the “0” next to the “Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship ONLY” to a “1”. Internet safety has been a concern for policymakers and educators since the moment technology, particularly the Internet, was introduced to classrooms.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

It’s now time to get down to brass tacks and figure out how the implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) can best be leveraged by state and local officials to improve educational outcomes for children and youth. The glasses have been raised.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Education Technology Government Policy

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Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Even in states that don’t have statewide instructional materials adoptions, the departments of education must provide schools and districts with vision, guidance, and support.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ In America ,” former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan often says, “ your zip code or your socioeconomic status should never determine the quality of your education. ” Quite often districts find themselves buying incredible amounts of educational technology, deploying these tools throughout their district, and essentially are left asking, “ Now what?

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Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Joining Soumakian were Stuart Burt, chief technology officer for Royse City ISD; Doug Brubaker, an assistant superintendent at Garland ISD; and Tom Murray, a former educator and tech director who now helps coordinate the Future Ready Schools project for the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Elizabeth James, Curricular Materials Coordinator from the Idaho State Department of Education, explained that while Idaho does provide a curricular review process as a service, Idaho is a local control state so districts are not mandated to choose resources that have gone through the process.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Then, they submit their findings to the state department of education for review, where the process starts again. André DeLeón is an education programs professional for the Nevada Department of Education. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

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Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.