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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. At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide. In some schools, digital tools are driving new models of teaching and learning, ones where technology helps teachers personalize learning so each student can learn at his or her own pace—whether a grade level behind or a grade level ahead of classmates.

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. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” In December, the district won a $15,000 grant from Cellcom, a local cellphone company. The following three resources can help students and families realize the powering of digital learning at home.

?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 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Of the districts already meeting connectivity benchmarks, the median bandwidth per student is 411 kbps—and growing about 30 percent each year.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

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? “I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge.

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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.

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

Doug Levin

And, given the scope of privacy and security issues dominating the news (with experts now arguing that we’ve lost control of our personal data , allegations of nation states weaponizing informatics , and ISPs clawing back consumer privacy protections ), we ignore the implications of these ethical dilemmas on schools and students not at our own risk but at their own risk. It revolves around a Montessori-like curriculum and bills itself as a hybrid tech company and education startup.

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School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

The laptops provide access for students in a community where, he says, even a cellphone data plan cannot be taken for granted. Here the digital divide for access is now almost zero,” Porter says of his Chromebook program.

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

Doug Levin

And, given the scope of privacy and security issues dominating the news (with experts now arguing that we’ve lost control of our personal data , allegations of nation states weaponizing informatics , and ISPs clawing back consumer privacy protections ), we ignore the implications of these ethical dilemmas on schools and students not at our own risk but at their own risk. It revolves around a Montessori-like curriculum and bills itself as a hybrid tech company and education startup.

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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.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion.

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

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After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

John Harrington, Funds for Learning Among the groups commenting on the issue, both ISTE and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) raised the possibility that digital education providers can pay to deliver their content more quickly, and wondered aloud if the move would deepen the digital divide. The Universal Service Funds refer to the telecom fees collected by USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, that pay for E-Rate.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Data released in June by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights highlighting the ongoing disparities – between the experiences of white students and students of color, between the experiences of affluent students and low-income students, and between the experiences of students with disabilities and those without – serves to underscore the systematic failure to provide equitable education at the preschool and K–12 levels in the US.

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

The Hechinger Report

Federal licenses to use spectrum that can carry mobile internet are a hot commodity, coveted by big telecommunications companies with money to spend at the periodic spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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 WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Via The Seattle Times : “A cellphone belonging to the man who claims he shot and wounded another man in self-defense during a demonstration last month at the University of Washington had been wiped clean of data before being seized by police, according to search-warrant documents filed in King County Superior Court.” Education Politics.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Privacy overlaps with “personalization,” and surveillance overlaps with data collection and analytics and algorithmic decision-making. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Broadly : “ Betsy DeVos to Meet with Men’s Rights Groups , Reports Say.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “After Meeting With DeVos, Title IX Activists Say They Still Have Many Questions.” Also via Edsurge : “How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur.” “Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This session directly addresses the need to develop and implement real-time employee training assessment strategies specifically designed to meet targeted business objectives. Utilizing an actual high-tech, consumer electronic Fortune 100 company renamed ''Orange Inc.'' as a session case, participants discover how a company with exceptional customer support is driven in part by their focused training and employee assessment strategy.

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