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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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Epic LEGO wall allows anytime tinkering

Epic LEGO wall allows anytime tinkering

06/14/2017

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

 

What if making wasn’t something students did only at certain times of the day?

What if, instead, it was built into the fabric of their lives — or even the very walls of their school?

Employees at innovative companies like Google use…

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Digital Technologies: Australia' 's answer to discipline-based computer education

Digital Technologies: Australia's answer to discipline-based computer education

06/14/2017

Topics: 1:1, Advocacy, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Gaming, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Globally, computer education is a focus of many national strategies as awareness grows of the impact of automation and technology. Australia took the opportunity when developing a national curriculum to reframe computer education away from a subset of design and technology to become a…

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Empowering new voices to speak for edtech

Empowering new voices to speak for edtech

06/14/2017

Topics: Advocacy

Supporting technology in education is incredibly important to give students the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. This support has to happen far beyond the walls of the classroom or school, and even the boundaries of the district. Advocacy at the…

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3 tips for developing a digital content plan for maximum impact

3 tips for developing a digital content plan for maximum impact

06/03/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, Mobile learning, professional learning, Standards

The Innovator Solutions section includes contributions from corporate sponsors and advertisers representing education organizations, businesses, policy-making bodies and other influencers dedicated to transforming education.

The research is in, and it’s clear that…

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When students become teachers

When students become teachers

04/27/2017

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

Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) in Alaska were familiar with videoconferencing. After all, distance learning via videoconferencing technology (VCT) had become a regular event in their remote rural schools, connecting them to professionals and other students…

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