State Education Agency Considerations for Digital Learning: CARES Act & Beyond

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In support of state leadership, SETDA recently published the State Education Agency Considerations for CARES Act Funding as Related to Digital Learning. As state education agencies (SEAs) plan for the 2020-21 school year and work to ensure that high quality learning opportunities are available to all students, each has the opportunity to demonstrate leadership.

Joint SETDA and CoSN statement on FCC Rural Telecommunications Offer

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The agency’s decision to revise tariffs for rural providers is a helpful action at this historic moment when far too many rural students lack access to online learning. Broadband Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Legislation

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How Data Analytics Can Help Your District Transition to a Digital Learning Environment

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Schools nationwide must therefore prepare by developing remote and blended learning strategies that meet the diverse needs of the communities they serve. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Equity of Access partnerships Personalized Learning

SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC’s Emergency E-rate Filing Window

SETDA Says

The Bureau’s decision will help schools support their students during a very challenging period and we appreciate the agency’s swift recognition of this on campus digital learning need. […]. E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Policy StatementSETDA and CoSN commend the Wireline Bureau for opening an emergency E-rate filing window to help schools address their higher than expected on campus bandwidth demands.

Roadmap Supports building Digital Learning Environments

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Cable Impacts, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and SETDA collaborated to develop the Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments, www.roadmap21.org. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content Equity of Access Personalized Learning Professional Learning Research roadmap

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

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Through the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmap

New York takes Digital Learning Mobile

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Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of SETDA members. Best Practices Digital Content Equity of Access Personalized Learning Professional Learning Project Based Learning Student voiceToday’s post comes from Stan. read more.

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

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Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

Student Voices Finalists 2019

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Why do leaders gather to collaborate on topics of interest? State department of education […]. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Equity of Access Personalized Learning Project Based Learning Student voiceOften when coordinating a focus group or presenting a new SETDA resources via a webinar, I mention the Why. Why do we spend the time to research and report on policies and practices?

Massachusetts Rethinks Ed Tech by Reinventing State-Local Partnerships

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Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of state leaders. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Learning Equity of Access Personalized Learning digital learning equity of accessKenneth Klau is the Director. read more.

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

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Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

SETDA Says

Last week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to. Digital Learning Equity of Access Legislation OER Policyread more.

SETDA Applauds ConnectALL

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On March 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the ConnectALL Initiative, which aims to ensure that all Americans, including low-income families, have broadband access to the. Digital Learning ED Equity of Access FCC Policy Statement broadband equity of accessread more.

SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

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Today, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsThese rules were. read more.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

SETDA Urges Public Comments to Support Closing the Homework Gap via EBS

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SETDA encourages state agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders to provide public comments for the FCC, Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Transforming the 2.5 Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Legislation UncategorizedGHz Band by the deadline Wednesday (August 8) or to reply to comments posted by September 7.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Among other issues, the authors of those polls suffered from trying to make too much of the single (questionably framed) technology-related question they fielded.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

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state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. read more.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

SETDA Says

During last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Lifelineread more.

ConnectED – Back to School Update

SETDA Says

ConnectED’s focus of fostering a robust ecosystem for digital learning and empowering teachers and their students with enhanced personalized learning experiences is a goal long. ConnectED Digital Content ED Equity of Access Personalized Learning Policy

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning

eSchool News

Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education announced a new six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide. In addition, all K-12 classrooms across the district will have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Director of Schools at Wilson County Schools.

Asynchronous Learning: The Key to Equity

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By Kevin McFarland In this time of the Coronavirus pandemic and an all too sudden shift to virtual learning, equity of access has become perhaps the single largest obstacle to educating our children. Digital Learning Featured Technology asynchronous learning

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. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

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It can bridge language-learning gaps and increase access with automation so fine that it can literally speak to a student and correct pronunciation and context, while removing any sense of embarrassment because it can be done privately anywhere. Uber-like language apps can even connect anyone to a native language speaker anywhere for immersive learning. One of them is love. People tend to characterize the feeling of love as a warmth, a welling up of something.

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21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The new National Education Technology Plan offers a vision and roadmap for technology-supported learning. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible, according to the plan’s website. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy News Top News

21 education technology recommendations for 2016

eSchool News

The new National Education Technology Plan offers a vision and roadmap for technology-supported learning. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible, according to the plan’s website.

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. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Unfortunately, teachers and students are often unable to be sure there will be dependable, robust access outside of school depending on family and community circumstances. Provide Out-of-School Access on Devices. Out-of-School Access Chart.

Teacher-Student Digital Communication Makes for Good Learning

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With remote learning still at play, students now rely on virtual engagement with their teachers to have questions answered and assignments clarified. With the appropriate tools and tech access, instructional assistance from afar can be academically beneficial. By Michele Israel.

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

Doug Levin

Largely unexamined in the large-scale shift to digital learning in education are the accompanying ethical considerations. “): 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? What restrictions, if any, should be placed on school district re-use and sharing of student and teacher work? Conflicts of interest.

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

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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.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. There, along with several partner groups, they announced several new commitments and initiatives to help schools become more digitally capable. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. There, along with several partner groups, they announced several new commitments and initiatives to help schools become more digitally capable. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology.

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

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Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging 21st Century skills, using digital tools, collaborating with others around the globe, performance tasks, and more. In my book Digital Learning Strategies , I describe four considerations for Replacement Thinking around assessments. In a nutshell, those considerations include: Students must demonstrate what they’ve learned. Instead, use the best tool to support learning (e.g.,

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

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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. Want to learn more about Seattle’s burgeoning edtech scene? EdSurge will be hosting hundreds of local teachers and administrators, along with dozens of edtech companies from around the country, at our Summit on Dec. Ellen Dorr, Renton's Director of Instructional Technology.