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3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

Edsurge

The “digital divide” is still very real. what makes the difference between using edtech to supplement the classroom experience and using it to transform learning? At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide. But in other schools with similar access to digital tools, students are using them in very different ways—to do the same kinds of worksheet-like activities that were once done on paper.

The role of parents to a successful BYOD program

Neo LMS

There is also a concern that BYOD creates digital divides in the classroom between well-resourced students and those from families that simply cannot afford to give their children devices.

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3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 The overall outlook in the 2017 State of the States report appears rosy: 94 percent of school districts meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum connectivity standards, and 88 percent of schools self-report that they have sufficient Wi-Fi in their classrooms. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Bringing real-world experiences into the classroom.

We must not shut low-income students out of computer sciences

The Hechinger Report

I tell her about what I do and how my company addresses society’s need to educate citizens for millions of unfilled jobs — in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs, as well as jobs in computing. Can you really mandate computer science in all classrooms in this country?

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

Rolling cabinets stocked with dozens of the laptops sit in classrooms where teachers assign them to students for everything from researching hereditary DNA to writing essays. Using computers and online resources in the classroom is part of a growing trend in education.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Edsurge

Women entrepreneurs made up more than a third of the presenting companies. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company. One of its investments announced this week is in Aula , a London-based company that just closed a $4.2

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology. Below are digital learning tips that any teacher can use in their classroom.

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Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution?

MindShift

Despite the lack of dedicated tech tools for ELLs, some teachers have taken to repurposing various apps and other digital resources in creative and useful ways that help their students acquire the language. But few if any of these are a perfect fit for young learners in a classroom setting.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Education Technology and Digital Polarization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Washington Post : “Influential conservative group: Trump, DeVos should dismantle Education Department and bring God into classrooms.” Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, a federal panel, is slated to review ACCJC’s recognition and scope at a meeting next week.” Education Politics.

Week of March 28, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] TECHNOLANGUAGES LIVE - IPADS IN THE LANGUAGES CLASSROOM ( Australia Series ) Tue 29 Mar 05:00AM New York / Tue 29 Mar 09:00AM GMT / Tue 29 Mar 09:00PM Sydney Jess McCulloch. Discussion about ideas on how to use iPads in the languages classroom - and whether or not this is a tool that we want to use. This session directly addresses the need to develop and implement real-time employee training assessment strategies specifically designed to meet targeted business objectives.

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A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

For example, a graduate with an associate’s degree in accounting may be competent for recording inventory, but not creating a company’s tax return. Crossing the digital divide safely and trustingly: How ecologies of learning scaffold the journey. When absorptive capacity meets institutions and (e)learners: Adopting, diffusing and exploiting e-learning in organizations. Patterns of composing: Connections between classroom and workplace collaborations.