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Passion drives Nemko to advocate for ed tech

Passion drives Nemko to advocate for ed tech

12/27/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Education leadership

There’s no great secret to being an effective advocate for technology in education, says Barbara Nemko, the longtime Napa County (California) Superintendent of Schools.

“You can’t be an advocate unless you’re passionate about it, too,” she said.

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Advocacy gives voice to those who need it most

Advocacy gives voice to those who need it most

12/19/2018

Topics: Advocacy

In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard when decisions directly impact their rights, lives and best interests.

When it comes to education, all advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what’s not available to…

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Advocacy with a capital WHY

Advocacy with a capital WHY

09/21/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Advocacy and funding

“People at work are thirsting for context, yearning to know that what they do contributes to the larger whole.”

I’m certain that when Daniel Pink wrote this, he wasn’t thinking specifically of advocacy. Yet this quote helps answer the question as to why one would become…

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Customize learning with Google Forms

Customize learning with Google Forms

08/31/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Standards

We know that students do not all learn the same way. Some need a great deal of repetition to learn new material while others can see it once and have it down. Some need absolute quiet to learn while others feel uncomfortable with too much stillness. One might prefer reading while another…

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Use advocacy, storytelling to grow learning initiatives

Use advocacy, storytelling to grow learning initiatives

06/19/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Advocacy and funding

Advocacy, in education and elsewhere, involves working individually and as a group to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. But advocacy involves more than providing testimony to your local, state or federal elected officials to influence…

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Edtech advocacy in 3 easy steps

Edtech advocacy in 3 easy steps

04/04/2018

Topics: Advocacy

Our nation recently mourned the loss of civil rights activist Linda Brown — the little girl at the heart of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision "Brown vs…

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No internet at home? Tap into your community to narrow the digital divide

No internet at home? Tap into your community to narrow the digital divide

02/08/2018

Topics: Advocacy

Just four years ago, the Rowan-Salisbury School System in Salisbury, North Carolina, put devices in the hands of 19,500 K-12 students. Learners in grades 3-12 brought the devices home every day. Almost immediately, an issue arose.

Despite every student having a…

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WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

12/15/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Digital Citizenship, Education leadership

Over the summer, a group of preteens attended a camp to learn how to communicate online. They explored computational thinking concepts, practiced using social media and developed their media literacy skills. 

And they did it all without a lick of technology.

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TAKE ACTION: Connecticut endorses ISTE Standards for Students, Educators

TAKE ACTION: Connecticut endorses ISTE Standards for Students, Educators

12/15/2017

Topics: Advocacy

The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, our state’s educational technology lead, unanimously adopted the ISTE Standards for Students last year and the ISTE Standards for Educators last June, becoming the first state to do so in both cases. 

We see the ISTE…

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Educator Standards make their way into Texas law

Educator Standards make their way into Texas law

07/26/2017

Topics: Advocacy, professional learning

In the same month the new ISTE Standards for Educators were launched, the governor of Texas signed a bill requiring that preservice teachers be evaluated on their ability to teach in a digital environment,…

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