COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in California, Pennsylvania and Louisiana

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Cross-Sector Partnership to Bridge the Digital Divide in California . To address inequities in student access to computers, technology tools and connectivity, companies, business leaders and philanthropists in California are providing internet access and C hromebooks to hundreds of thousands of households across the state. Pennsylvania Awards Equity Grants to Overcome Gaps in Access to Instructional Materials .

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

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Greater focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) is one model of instructing the “whole child” or attending to more than just academic content. As we look to supporting the “whole adult” that students will become, instruction on life skills becomes more important.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. 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.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students. SETDA state leaders and members have lobbied for various federal programs that support broadband, including E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the National Education Technology Plan.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Texas , a Prized K–12 Market , Approves Wave of Instructional Materials.” Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. ” Via The New York Times : “ Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says.”

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Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Bridget Foster has been named the head of the SIIA’s ed-tech association, the Education Technology Industry Network. ” Via Education Dive : “ Digital ed tech pricing library brings transparency to procurement.” ” Via Education Week : “ New Online Tool Aims to Help K–12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials.”