SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

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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. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community. We are excited to share their story as the second in our series of Maker Promise videos. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation. Why the library?

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Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

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Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. Chief technology officers and IT professionals in the K-12 field have a lot on their collective plates these days, what with the continued proliferation of technology in their schools, new governmental programs and compliance requirements, and the push to effectively integrate their technology in the classroom. Broadband equity. Next page: Privacy and libraries take the spotlight.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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From the moment schools shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that many districts were ill-equipped to support their students from afar. Even when there are laws meant to address the digital divide in terms of devices and WiFi, they aren’t always effective.

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. Recent ill-informed threats to school librarians and the equity they provide across our country inspired me to update a poem I wrote in the style of Taylor Mali’s response to an ignorant dinner party question regarding What Teachers Make. The problem with libraries is that they are anachronisms , sacred cows. technology

#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.

Access to a Digital Reading Tool Empowers Students to Discover and Enjoy eBooks

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The promise of educational technology is that it allows every student to experience instruction tailored to his or her learning style and specific learning needs. Equity of access and the opportunity for deep personalization are founding principles of many 1:1 programs. Most educators believe that the integration of technology into the curriculum supports the learning of all students but especially those students who face additional challenges.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

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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.

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. 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?”

Tenn. district partners with Discovery to transition to digital learning

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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.

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

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The assessment shouldn’t tell you more about their use of a tool than it does about the student’s work using the tool. Students should be able to articulate and defend their tool choices, content inclusion, and degrees of audience interaction and how those choices affected the resulting product. The tools support the learning, they are not, in an of themselves, the learning objective. This also opens up cans of worms about authenticity and work worth doing.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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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. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. They have a continuous review and evaluation of curricular materials on a six-year rotation schedule.