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.

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

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Building Resilient Schools for Next School Year

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This guest blog post was written by SETDA partner, Brendan Desetti, Director of Government & Stakeholder Relations for D2L. As the school year comes to an end in many places around the country, the uncertainty of COVID-19 looms in the future.

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

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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.

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. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Equity of Access instructional materials Interoperability Legislation Personalized Learning Policy

SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

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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.

Student Voices Finalists 2019

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Why do we spend the time to research and report on policies and practices? 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.

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

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.

ConnectED – Back to School Update

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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 Policyread more.

SETDA Strongly Opposes Chairman Pai’s EBS Report and Order

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SETDA strongly opposes Chairman Pai’s draft Educational Broadband Service Report & Order, which proposes to further marginalize rural students that lack access to high capacity broadband. SETDA Executive Director, Candice Dodson said, “the Chairman’s proposal cites dated uses of EBS licenses and the FCC’s two-decade failure to grant new licenses as the basis for handing […]. E-Rate ED Equity of Access FCC In the News Policy

SETDA Opposes FCC’s Universal Service Funds CAP

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E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News PolicySETDA opposes the FCC’s proposal to sweep the E-rate and other Universal Service Fund programs under a single budgetary cap and “prioritize” them. The USF is a vital tool for state leaders working to connect students to high capacity broadband at school and at home and this proposal threatens the system’s success. SETDA’s Executive Director, […].

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.

Senate Votes to Overturn FCC Net Neutrality Decision

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Equity of Access FCC Legislation Policy net neutralityThe Senate voted (52-47) today to reject the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to eliminate the agency’s Net Neutrality protections. All Senate Democrats and three Republicans – Senator Collins (ME), Sen. Murkowski (AK), and Sen. Kennedy (LA) – supported S.J.Res.52, which was introduced by Sen. Markey (MA) earlier this year. SETDA thanks these senators for voting […].

SETDA in 2014: Year in Review

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As the calendar year draws to a close and we take time to celebrate family and the holiday season, all of us at SETDA. ConnectED Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

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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.

SETDA in the News: January 2015 Round Up

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January 2015 brought lots of renewed energy and excitement to SETDA. At the beginning of the month, the Board of Director’s announced a new. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate ED Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Personalized Learning Policy read more.

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.

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

Doug Levin

“): 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? Among the places where our ‘rules of the road’ seem lacking, I’d count the following: Access and use , which I define to include the myriad issues of equity of access, but also of our orientation toward student use of devices (i.e.,

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The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. One major theme of the plan discussed in the webinar, is the need to move from passive to active use with 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. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. The main feature of this resource is a personalized playlist of bite-sized videos that will focus on the specific needs of a district.

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. The main theme of the event was connectivity, but that extends far beyond merely connecting students to technology. The main feature of this resource is a personalized playlist of bite-sized videos that will focus on the specific needs of a district.

Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners Offer All Educators New, No-Cost Professional Learning Resources

eSchool News

Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. “Supporting educators in their development is a critical piece of a student’s success story.

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.

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. Language learning has never had the wealth of digital assistance that it has now, but can it aid with diversity goals? 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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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.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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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.

What school librarians make (revisited)

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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. It’s equity of access. And it’s equity of experience.

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. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

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. 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. asks Ellen Dorr, Renton’s Director of Instructional Technology. “We To solve these issues, Renton decided to unlock access.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. In an edWebinar for edWeb, Dr. Tracy Weeks, executive director for SETDA, and her co-presenters discussed how implementing data interoperability standards can turn data from a daily chore into a productive tool that can provide educators with a more complete picture of the student, class, school, or district. from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.

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