Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

In addition, Dr. Michael Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Assessments for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools (ID), explained in the presentation, “ Navigating the Digital Shift: Leveraging Quality Instructional Materials for Learning,” how his schools are shifting to an OER (open educational resources) environment as part of their overall plan to improve individual student achievement. – 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. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

Given the rise of OER (of which I am a fan ), an increasing array of business models, questions about the degree of alignment to state standards and assessments, claims of effectiveness, and interoperability concerns, the instructional materials procurement decisions facing school districts have never been more complicated. That is, if educators need to actually part with any money in the first place given the rise of the freemium model and the promises of OER advocates.

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. The education community should know what is top of mind for school IT leaders so we can better support their leadership capacity and advance learning outcomes empowered through technology.”.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(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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Hack Education

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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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'. Many will be aware of Wayne Mackintosh through his work as the founder of WikiEducator - an online community and repository of free user generated content for educators worldwide.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

With a focus on under-resourced, tribal, and rural communities in critical need, her current projects involve propagating broadband connections to new community spaces via emerging wireless networking technologies for everyday usage and crisis recovery.

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. Camp Fire Discussion Individuals prepare a 3 minute speech on why educating for digital citizenship is important to their organization and present to their small group.

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. This post summarizes my current thoughts on the issue in the hope that it may be useful to others in – or who work with – State Departments of Education. In 2016, this includes a statewide strategy for technology in K-12 education.

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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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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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. The modernization to Lifeline didn’t increase funding overall, but families will have the choice between phone discounts and a credit for broadband at home.

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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. State Acquisition Policies: Conducting Business with States: States and districts should work to make the procurement process more transparent, and develop specific procedures to aid educators and the private sector in navigating the process. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

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. But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. 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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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). Until we are, closing this digital-use gap for our most at-risk students will require an all-hands-on-deck effort, with schools, government agencies, broadband providers and nonprofits all pitching in to do their part.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(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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Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(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.

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. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(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.

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. Albans City School (VT), SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, though, educators encourage the students to find places in their everyday work to incorporate digital resources, especially from their makerspace. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely.

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. The recommendations are finalized by the state board of education. Elizabeth James is currently serving as the curricular materials coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education.

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

edWeb.net

DeLeón, Education Programs Professional at the Nevada Department of Education, and Alison Harte, Instructional Materials Specialist for the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support in the Florida Department of Education, presented case studies on how their states are changing the conversation to digital first. Then, they submit their findings to the state department of education for review, where the process starts again.

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The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Alternative Education ? Educational Technology ? Hacking Your Education ? Higher Education ? Math Education ? Music Education ? Open Source and OER ? Positive Education ? Strengths-based Education ? Alice Keeler : Interview Amany Kheriba : OER: A way out through pandemics and beyond Amna Manzoor : Veni, vidi and vici: Ingenious, Making the Most Out of the Pandemic!

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. She is a member of the CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) Board representing public libraries. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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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. She is a member of the CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) Board representing public libraries. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” Here’s the readout from the Department of Education. ” And there’s more about the Department of Education and financial aid in the financial aid section below. State and Local) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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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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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