Do We Need New Regulations to Govern the Use of EdTech?

Doug Levin

Indeed, the issues and tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face in using technology in schools and for education — whether free or for a fee — are more complex than they have ever been. “): In this new digital era for education, we should ask: What rules of the road are needed to ensure that decisions about technology are made in the best interests of students? Ender’s Game is a dystopian vision for the future of education.

EdTech 150

What school librarians make (revisited)

NeverEndingSearch

Back in November of 2010, I wrote a response to a superintendent’s proposed elimination of school libraries in New York State. In polite company, I bite my tongue when I hear them ask: “You’re a school librarian, Joyce,” they say. “Be It’s equity of access.

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#DLNchat: How Will Net Neutrality Changes Affect Higher Education?

Edsurge

Is the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality the beginning of a new era of net discrimination? That was the question underlying much of our #DLNchat on Tuesday, January 23 when we asked How Will Net Neutrality Changes Affect Higher Ed? There was wide agreement that upcoming changes to net neutrality open the doors to potential discrimination of internet access. Students in urban areas may face increased prices for educational access as well.

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

Since 2013, close to a third of the US school districts have charged into “one-to-one” digital instruction, putting a computer in the hands of every student—and the number is growing. But too many have also had a chilling moment when they realized their bandwidth infrastructure couldn’t begin to deliver on their technology goals. Everyone is saying ‘we are in a digital world,’ so how do we support every student, especially those that might not have WiFi access at home?”

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. This work can potentially impact policy changes related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the ever changing individual needs of students in the digital age.”.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.