US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis? Today, US policy influencer Tom Murray, shares what he’s seeing from the national level and the conversations that are happening as policymakers wrestle with the issues that concern us all.

New Resource Highlights Micro-credential Policies Across States

Digital Promise

Our interactive Micro-credential Policy Map lets you explore micro-credential policies and implementation stories across the nation. States where policies have been instituted at the district level. States where policies have been instituted at the state level.

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The Future of Micro-credentialing Policy

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. In our policy paper we suggest that micro-credentials, with the right tools, technologies, and virtual learning communities, could transform the teaching profession and fuel better outcomes for students. The post The Future of Micro-credentialing Policy appeared first on Digital Promise.

Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. Education reformers and policy leaders are beginning to recognize that if schools are to create competency-based and personalized learning experiences for every student.then those who are teaching them need to lead their own learning as well. Education policy issues must be addressed first.

The new National Education Policy

Linways Technologies

The Indian Union Cabinet has approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) with an aim to introduce several changes in the Indian education system – from the school to the college level. Speaking to reporters, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the changes are important as the policy, which was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992, had not been revised since then. The post The new National Education Policy appeared first on Linways Technologies.

Inundated by Privacy Policies?

CUE

Has your inbox been inundated with privacy policies and statements of disclosure for the software or websites you use? The post Inundated by Privacy Policies? Learn Compliance COPPA FERPA PPRA Privacy Policies WeAreCUE

Principles for school districts’ social media policies

Dangerously Irrelevant

This one is about some general guidelines and principles for school districts to consider as they formulate their social media policies. And then they usually create policy documents that hector and admonish youth and educators about all of the things they shouldn’t do. My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2). Law, Policy, and Ethics Safety and Security Social Media fear policy safety social mediaMy newest article is out.

School boards: Good for policy, bad for management

The Christensen Institute

The answer lies in a truth as certain as death and taxes: elected bodies—such as school boards—are good for making public policy, but often terrible for managing organizations. Charter schools and vouchers are one way to do this, but an equally workable alternative is to create open enrollment policies among district schools and give school principals more autonomy over the visions and practices they institute on their campuses.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

Unfortunately, many school districts’ filtering policies were developed before the rise of interactive web tools, social media, and mobile technologies. Therefore, we believe that schools should move from “acceptable use” to “responsible use” policies. Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) are typically written in such a manner that outlines everything a student (or employee) can’t do. These policies typically promote positive behaviors, expectations, and guidelines.

3 misconceptions that could distort higher education policy

The Christensen Institute

Who should pay for education is an important policy question, but it can’t be used to cover up or avoid dealing with the issues of why college is so expensive in the first place. The post 3 misconceptions that could distort higher education policy appeared first on Christensen Institute. Higher education institutions are racing to keep up with the ever-evolving student and workforce demands—and policymakers have no shortage of (ostensibly) good ideas to improve the sector.

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The buyer's needs in education are often shaped by the policy context of the education system. That means products are shaped by those policies too. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Edthena Education Market Product caep edthena edtpa inbloom newsela studyisland

Untapped Promise in Charter School Policy

ExcelinEd

State policymakers can play a valuable role, too, especially in shaping charter school policy to meet new and unprecedented challenges. Policymakers can help states gain more high school graduates and higher wages for those employed by leveraging their charter school policies and adult education policies to support students’ development and earning potential. Goodwill has discovered a policy fusion that just makes sense.

A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools by TeachThought Staff ed note: This content has been updated and republished from a previous post BYOT–which stands for Bring Your Own Technology–is a natural response to need for progressive learning tools in the 21st century classroom. The post A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools appeared first on TeachThought.

Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

EdNews Daily

The first thing educators can do to positively affect education policy may not be the most practical from a nuts-and-bolts perspective. For legislative and policy movement specific to literacy, the National Summer Literacy Association and International Literacy Association are also fantastic resources. Position yourself as an ally, here to inform them and help to create meaningful and effective education policy.

The right policies for virtual schools

The Christensen Institute

The report is especially noteworthy for its analysis of how the incentives created by policy have shaped the priorities and business models of the virtual school ecosystem. The report then offers a number of forward-thinking recommendations for how to get policies and incentives right to improve the quality of virtual schools. Low-quality virtual schools exist today because current policies hire them to merely enroll students.

Why Acceptable Use Policies are Critical for Education

Kajeet

Each year, school districts roll out more tech to their students. With the additional online tools, comes new opportunities for learning and for risks. Risks that could be harmful for students and put accountability for blocking inappropriate material back on the districts’ shoulders. What happens when students receive laptops from their school, but then use it just for gaming, watching movies, and accessing non-educational sites?

Avoid the 49 Degree Rule: 4 Ways to Put People Before Policies

Education Elements

Apparently, the airline she’d originally worked for had been very focused on the notion of employee autonomy and empowerment, but the acquisition came with a host of new rules and policies, including one that said employees were only permitted to wear their jackets at work when the ambient temperature was at or below 49° Fahrenheit. Sometimes, the really thought-provoking stuff just lands in your lap.or in the seat next to you.

Instagram Changes Policy to Disclose Date of Birth for New Users

CUE

The post Instagram Changes Policy to Disclose Date of Birth for New Users appeared first on CUE, Inc. Learn Uncategorized EdWeek instagram News OnCUE Spark policy change social mediaInstagram is cracking down on underage users…or at least attempting to.

6 critical teacher policies states should monitor

eSchool News

Rapid modernization surrounding teacher policies has largely slowed in the past two years, with few states initiating new actions to improve policies guiding teacher selection, preparation, evaluation, and retention, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Florida and Louisiana are this year’s top-performing states, each earning a B+, according to NCTQ’s biannual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook. News Policy

How Joe Biden’s Policy Proposals Would Impact the Education Industry

Marketplace K-12

The post How Joe Biden’s Policy Proposals Would Impact the Education Industry appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessment / Testing Educational Technology/Ed-Tech English-Language Learners Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal / State Policy Funding / BudgetsThe presumptive Democratic nominee is pledging to boost funding for numerous federal programs, including those support after-school and special-needs communities.

5 policies to help rural students get ahead

eSchool News

Next page: Five education policy recommendations to help rural students). News PolicyRural students still face a staggering number of uphill battles when it comes to securing the same educational opportunities as their suburban and urban peers, according to a new report.

OPINION: Rethinking school choice policies, the ‘myth of meritocracy’

The Hechinger Report

Made more apparent in recent years with the widespread expansion of school-choice policies nationwide, the latest college admissions scandal may be the final nail in the coffin of the myth of meritocracy in U.S. It also laid the groundwork for a robust market of goods and services designed to help families learn the “hidden curriculum” of school-choice policies and engage in choice behaviors that yield desired school assignments.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized). I can conceive of no substantive policy or practical reason for combining these three disparate and worthy education policy priorities in this way (other than allowing interested parties cover to claim some semblance of a victory via inclusion of their pet priority in the bill). Blog Policy Congress ESEA ESSA

OPINION: How current policy hurts our youngest citizens

The Hechinger Report

And one of those key decisions is to promote policies that can ensure babies thrive, including quality early learning, child care, home visiting programs and comprehensive paid family leave. Yet our current policies far too often overlook babies of color and babies from low-income families. . By investing in policies that fuel babies’ bodies and minds, we can work to promote healthy babies who arrive at preschool and kindergarten ready to learn.

Why STEAM is Great Policy for the Future of Education

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 14. There's a reason why so many schools, teachers, and students are excited about STEM or STEAM (STEM plus arts & design, as championed by the Rhode Island School of Design). They make learning more fun and engaging, not to mention provide students opportunities to use content knowledge and skills in ways that are practical and applicable to the real world, just like they would if they were working on science or engineering projects in the field. P21 Blogazine

Do education policy makers believe in science?

eSchool News

His research ranked almost 200 different factors according to their influence on student achievement and uncovered insights about relative effectiveness that should drive policy discussions for education stakeholders. In order to understand how potentially damaging uninformed education policy can be, we need to understand what Hattie uncovered about relative effectiveness. Basing Policy Decisions on Education’s Existing Effect.

Report: States improve teacher policies

eSchool News

NCTQ’s annual report finds state policies to support teacher effectiveness are no longer the exception in the U.S. Teacher policies across the U.S. 8 released its ninth annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook. The annual policy yearbook analyzes every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession, from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy.

Charting the future of competency-based education policy

The Christensen Institute

Leather is a leader in the world of competency-based education policy and his current efforts mark an important harbinger of how these policies must evolve over time. Although New Hampshire’s bold mandate in 2005 eliminated the Carnegie Unit from the state’s high school graduation requirements, a decade later Leather’s concept of statewide competency-based policy goes far beyond eradicating the credit hour.

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security. Current web browsing policies in K–12 schools may be allowing third parties to collect and sell student data , creating a need for schools to update and maintain safe internet use protocols.

Technology and Management Policies Protect Chromebooks

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong When devices go off school grounds, administrators need to make sure they stay secure. Classroom Data Center Digital Content Hardware Notebooks Security Solid State Drives

U.S K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

Doug Levin

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)? What are the types of programs and policies that Congress could enact that would benefit students given: (1) a limited federal role in (and national budget for) education, and (2) continual and rapid advances in technological capabilities, tools, and services that are or could be applied to benefit student learning (both in and out of schools)?

How To Create A No-Zero Policy In Your Classroom

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The post How To Create A No-Zero Policy In Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher General How-To

These 3 policy areas could help principals become more effective

eSchool News

While school principals are often low priorities on state education policy agendas, a handful of states have taken steps to strengthen the role principals play in schools, according to a new report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. State leaders can move principals higher on policy agendas. But when principals are elevated in state policy agendas, it can strengthen other state education efforts. State leaders can use six possible policy levers.

How to craft useful, student-centered social media policies

eSchool News

The go-to method for guiding this practice is setting up district social media guidelines or policies. There are a bunch of examples to browse, but the big thing to remember is that there’s no perfect, off-the-shelf policy. Use policy creation as an opportunity to take inventory of your students’ needs, how social media is already being used by your teachers, and how policy can support both responsibly. Next page: What to include in a social media policy.

Education Policy’s Roost (On Social Justice Warriors)

The Jose Vilson

Less than a year ago, I was in a heated conversation (we’ll call it that) where a few folks who disagreed on education policy brought their frustrations to full display. continue reading The post Education Policy’s Roost (On Social Justice Warriors) appeared first on The Jose Vilson. Jose brittany packnett education education policy education reform reflection robert pondiscio