State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

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. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ Commit to Personalized Professional Learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

More Verbs

Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. We agree we want students to develop these skills, but by themselves they don’t justify our investments in learning technology and connectivity.

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

More Verbs

Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. We agree we want students to develop these skills, but by themselves they don’t justify our investments in learning technology and connectivity.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. Read this : “Words Matter: Let’s Talk about Learning, not Technology”.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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These conversations have the potential to shift mindsets about digital equity by focusing on changes that will better support students’ access to their education. Professional Learning.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Big Kickoff Days for Connected Educator Month!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off Connected Educators Month with an “EduAllStars” Podcast, where he will highlight President Obama’s ConnectED proposal to expand access to high-speed broadband to 99 percent of students and how education can be strengthened when teachers are provided opportunities to connect with their colleagues around the country. How to get to the ultimate goal of connected education: collaboration to move the field forward.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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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.

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

eSchool News

Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become future ready. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, expanded FRS to position school librarians as leaders in this effort.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. 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. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. URL: www.christenseninstitute.org/education.

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Leveraging the Cloud to Address District Challenges

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An IT leadership survey from cosn.org lists the top three IT priorities in K-12 education as cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity, data security, and budgets. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA).

Navigating the Shift to OER

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During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information.

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CoSN 2018: Expert Lays Out 6 Best Practices for Instructional Coaches

EdTech Magazine

Draper, the director of innovative learning at Alpine School District in Utah, offered six best practices in technology and instructional coaching Tuesday at CoSN’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. You need to have strong professional learning communities," Draper told the packed audience. "If Successful coaches require ongoing, high-quality professional learning. You're creating experts, and they need to have regular professional development," he said.

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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Starting from the early days of online education tools, teachers have been downloading their favorites and sharing them with students. In addition, PD leaders can’t possibly provide appropriate professional learning on using tools in the classroom when no two teachers have the same ones.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. education technology companies raised $1.45 educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to support educators and learners across preK-12 and postsecondary education. Source: EdSurge Still, plenty of capital remains for early-stage education startups. For many U.S.

Look Into the Future Ready

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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. Mentoring Other Districts and Helping Them Transition to Digital Learning.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Do you co-learn with a classroom across the globe?

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

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

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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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The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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In a recent edWebinar , Dr. Larry Fruth, Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager at CatchOn, discussed head on the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy.

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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.

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. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. Department of Education. About Mackin Educational Resources.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. "This is what education is going to look like.

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. The recommendations are finalized by the state board of education.

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

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Then, they submit their findings to the state department of education for review, where the process starts again. One key element in most of the initiatives, including Florida and Nevada’s new approach, is professional development.

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Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Educators can use the assessment data to identify students’ SEL strengths and areas in which they may need additional support. Classworks also launched three new professional learning options for customers, including Smartguide, Kickstart, Connect, and Navigator.

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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.

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Early Literacy in the U.S.: Building a Pathway to Opportunity for All

Graphite Blog

This piece was co-authored by Lisa Guernsey , director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America and Michael H. Learn more. Recent research is fueling debate about the role that digital media may play in strengthening educational opportunities for all students. Young children desperately need social interaction and meaningful conversation with their parents and educators.

Early Literacy in the U.S.: Building a Pathway to Opportunity for All

Graphite Blog

This piece was co-authored by Lisa Guernsey , director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America and Michael H. Learn more. Recent research is fueling debate about the role that digital media may play in strengthening educational opportunities for all students. Young children desperately need social interaction and meaningful conversation with their parents and educators.