Working in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Center for Digital Education produced this Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum to help districts address some of the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum. It provides context, effective practices and resources for districts, and presents case studies of districts already implementing digital content or setting up the infrastructure to do so. We hope you find it useful and informative as you begin or continue implementing digital content and curriculum.
Network monitoring has to be one of the most thankless jobs in IT. After all, network monitoring can be a tedious, time-consuming process, using multiple management products often integrated poorly or not at all. That means network managers may not trust the data reports, alerts and action results they are getting. Paessler aims to change the negative perception of many of the currently available tools with PRTG Network Monitor 16, the latest version of the technology. PRTG promises to unify network monitoring into a single management platform that can execute automated actions based on administrator-defined policies. What's more, PRTG offers extensive support for all the common network discovery and traffic-reporting capabilities in use by most network devices today. The product also offers hundreds of sensors fine-tuned to work with popular network products to make sure no important information falls through the cracks. Administrators also will appreciate the ease of creating custom sensors to work with devices not normally covered in the mix. The product's capabilities extend to the forthcoming deluge of Internet of things devices, which are sure to make network management even more complicated.
Miami-Dade and Arlington school districts have created very different but successful organizational structures that enhance decision-making between superintendents, chief academic officers and chief information officers.
The following tips will help maximize the online safety and productivity of your students. We will demystify the Google Apps for Education Admin Console, providing you with the tools to successfully optimize your school’s 1:1 program and edtech experience. Taken from Best Practices to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Program for Chromebooks.
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Most educators think robotics, 3D printing and construction when they envision maker spaces, so how does this concept fit into the curriculum? By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, we will explore the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. We will look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen. Topics included: Discussion of the pedagogy behind the evolution of maker spaces Examples of maker spaces from around the world Ideas for how you can bring design thinking and making into any curriculum You can also attend one of the EdTech Teacher Summer Workshops taking place in seven cities across the United States to learn from Beth and Douglas in person. Visit ettsummer.org/#Workshops to find out how to get involved. beth holland Beth Holland combines over 17 years of experience in mobile learning, K–12 education and differentiated instruction to help teachers create innovative learning environments. She blogs regularly for Edutopia and EdTech Researcher at Education Week, presents nationally and internationally, and is an authorized Google Education Trainer. Beth holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. In addition to being an EdTech Teacher instructor, she is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University. doug kiangDouglas Kiang is a dynamic speaker, teacher and workshop presenter with over 20 years of teaching experience in independent schools at every grade level. He currently teaches computer science and heads the technology resource teachers group at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Douglas holds a master’s degree in technology, innovation and education from Harvard and is an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as an authorized Google Education Trainer. He is the author of five bestselling game strategy guides, and his latest book on Minecraft in Education is soon to be published by Peachpit Press.
These were the findings from a survey of high school students and teachers in a district in the US state of Maine on how effective iPads were for learning and teaching. Almost 90% of teachers and 74% of students preferred laptops over tablets, according to the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal. Even Apple has bent to the will of students and teachers. Following the poll, the tech giant and Maine’s Department of Education are now offering schools in the state the chance to trade in iPads ordered in 2013 for new MacBook Air laptops, at no additional cost. “If we had known how big a transition it would have been [to switch] from laptops to iPads we would have proactively done some good work with teachers to make the transition easier for them,” Mike Muir, the policy director of the Maine Learning Through Technology Initiative, told Quartz.
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A lesson on pilots with a robust evaluation components that include students and parents as well as classroom teachers. Evaluation process links to project goals. It's not Texas-hold 'em like to go 'all in."
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Efforts by K-12 schools to give every student a laptop computer increased student achievement and gave a modest boost to their "21st century skills," according to a first-of-its-kind meta-analysis of 15 years' worth of research studies.
"It's not like just providing a laptop to every student will automatically increase student achievement, but we find that it's the first step," said Binbin Zheng, an assistant professor of counseling, educational psychology, and special education at Michigan State University.
Using statistical techniques to analyze already-completed studies, Zheng and her colleagues found that 1-to-1 laptop programs on average had a statistically significant positive impact on student test scores in English/language arts, writing, math and science. The limited number of rigorous quantitative studies available to analyze mean that those findings are not definitive, but they are clearly a good sign for 1-to-1 proponents and underscore the need for more study, Zheng said.
A further review of 86 additional papers by the researchers, meanwhile, found some modest evidence of other positive benefits associated with giving laptops to students, including increased student technology use; more student-centered and project-based instruction; greater student engagement; and better relationships between students and teachers.
The analysis focused solely on 1-to-1 laptop efforts. The researchers cautioned that their results are not generalizable to other devices such as tablets, desktop computers, and smartphones.
CoSN launches new "Trusted Learning Environment" (TLE) Seal Program website. The website will serve as a student data privacy tool for school districts, educators, parents, and the community, as well as the starting point for school districts to apply for the Seal.
Why is TLE Important Data show that a large majority of parents are concerned about the privacy and security of their students and student data. Earning the TLE Seal indicates that a school system has taken measurable steps to implement strong practices to ensure the privacy of student data.
We shouldn’t need hot-button issues like the deeply flawed college admissions race, DREAM Act and emerging landscape of K-12 digital learning to remind us that educational opportunities matters — to all of us. Luckily, it’s self-evident to the women and men who earned a spot on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education.
Their spirit of innovating in education is deeply original. They range from edtech entrepreneurs such as literacy champions Matthew Ramirez, cofounder of WriteLab, and Quill’s cofounder Peter Gault, and Rebecca Liebman, whose LearnLux focuses on financial literacy. Zaption’s Charlie Stigler has trained his focus on video learning as a dynamic teaching tool. Cassandra Tognoni of BookReport uses data to help districts figure out best practices for spending and saving, and Christopher Pedregal has $7.5 million in funding to crowdsource learning to Socratic’s 8.5 million customers.
Increased access to learning for all startups are prominent in this year’s list. Heejae Lim, founder of Talking Points, built an app that bridges the language barrier between teachers and non-English speaking parents, while Sarahi Espinoza Salamonca’s app helps undocumented students find money to go to college. Chelsey Roebuck, cofounder of Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE), left the consulting fast track to increase job opportunities minorities underrepresented in STEM fields.
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Astro Teller says the momentum within X, Alphabet's moonshot factory, depends on teams discovering as fast as possible if something is a bad idea, so they can move on to the next one. That requires a work environment where both creativity and critical thinking are rewarded. "Every place is a legitimate place for ideas to come from," Teller says. "You can't destroy the positivity that comes from saying crazy ideas."
concept of “going virtual” has been gaining traction in the IT world for years, beginning in data centers with server virtualization.
Today, school district CIOs who have taken the next step—the virtualization of desktop computers—see a new range of benefits, including increased flexibility for users, cost savings, stronger security, and more frequent updates of hardware and software.
Virtualization technology moves a user’s desktop and associated software into the cloud so the environment can be accessed from any physical computer.
The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules remain in effect with backing in federal courts -- for now, at least.
Opponents of the FCC's rules for the Open Internet, or net neutrality, plan to take their challenge to the Supreme Court. "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said AT&T General Counsel David McAtee in a statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday in favor of the FCC's rules.
AT&T was among many companies and groups that filed a suit in 2015 challenging the rules. Its was among several cases consolidated into originating cases filled by USTelecom, a trade association that counts among its members AT&T and Verizon, and Alamo Broadband, a fixed wireless broadband service in the San Antonio, Tex. area.
Think ransoms are only paid out to rescue victims of kidnappings? Think again. Imagine walking into your office one morning and finding some (or all) of your district’s computer files “padlocked” and inaccessible. In the corner, a masked man is standing with his hand out, demanding an $8,000-$10,000 ransom payment. When he gets the money, he’ll hand over the key to the padlock. If you choose not to pay, then you’ll spend the next few months trying to pick the lock while teachers, students, and administrators are forced to work without their modern technology.
This is essentially what happened to Horry County Schools (HCS) of Conway, S.C., earlier this year. Using a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid (aka, “ransomware”), on February 8 hackers used high-level encryption to lock up the district’s data. The criminals then held that data for ransom and demanded the district pay nearly $10,000 via Bitcoin for the encryption key.
Charles Hucks, executive director of technology, says the district had experienced a few breaches during the months leading up to the attack, but nothing of this magnitude. “A few devices of teachers were hit and some of their local files were encrypted,” says Hucks. “In some cases network-based files on individual directories were also encrypted, but the impact of those attacks was very limited. They were isolated incidents.”
Attacks are on the rise Ransomware attacks are on the rise. According to a recent PhishMe analysis of phishing email campaigns (i.e., a deceptive attempt to pose as a reputable entity via email), during the first three months of 2016 there were 6.3 million more phishing attacks than there were during the same period last year. This represents a 789% increase that’s primarily due to an upsurgence in ransomware.
Technology and engineering have played central roles in forming our national identity. We see the United States as a nation of tinkerers and inventors who have helped chart the course of global innovation for centuries. Only time will tell if we can continue to live up to this conception of ourselves. As technology and engineering come to affect almost every aspect of modern life, this is no small matter. New data from the first-ever Nation’s Report Card in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) are not reassuring. Well less than half the nation’s eighth-graders are on track to become proficient in a set of skills they will need to thrive in society and the workplace. Low-income and minority youth lag farthest behind.1 On closer examination, these findings should not surprise us. Change the Equation’s analysis of survey data from TEL reveals that millions of American youth spend precious little time tinkering, troubleshooting, or doing the kinds of hands-on problem-solving that are at the heart of technology and engineering. Girls, minorities, and low-income students do least of all—dampening hopes to create a more diverse STEM workforce in future years.
Radius Global Market Research has released findings from a recent study conducted that evaluated the readability of content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel in an average-sized classroom. According to the new research, 58 percent of students in an average classroom can’t read content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel. The study was conducted with a sample group of 106 students ages 12-to-22 in groups of approximately 30 at a time. Students were asked to read typical education content including charts and text-based information displayed on a top-selling 70-inch flat panel in a traditional 30-foot-by-30-footclassroom, and then write down six short items of information from what they saw. The students sat in five rows 22-feet wide (six seats per row) with the first row approximately eight feet from the display, and the last row about 27 feet from the display. The results indicated that, on average, 17 out of 30 students per classroom were not able to read the content on the 70-inch flat panel. Inability to read the content was defined as writing down at least one item incorrectly. "The majority of students evaluated in the study clearly had difficulty reading the content displayed on the 70-inch flat panel,” said Shira Horn, vice president, Radius Global Market Research.
Sir Ken works with governments and education systems, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organisations around the world. He was knighted in 2003 for his services to the arts.
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Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper indicates.
Michigan State University’s Binbin Zheng and colleagues analyzed years of studies on “one-to-one” laptop programs, including Zheng’s own research, and found that such programs that take a comprehensive approach were linked to higher test scores in English, math, science and writing, along with other benefits.
“In the past couple decades, one-to-one laptop programs have spread widely, but so has debate about whether they are cost-effective and beneficial to educational outcomes,” said Zheng, assistant professor of educational technology and lead author on the paper. “I believe this technology, if implemented correctly, is worth the cost and effort because it lifts student achievement, enhances engagement and enthusiasm among students, improves teacher-student relationships and promotes 21st century skills such as technological proficiency and problem solving.”
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The limited number of rigorous quantitative studies available to analyze means that further analysis is warranted insight
Education technology is still at its earliest stages and has yet to live up to its promise, philanthropist Bill Gates told an audience of thousands of ed-tech entrepreneurs and investors at the ASU GSV Summit here. “We really haven’t changed [students’ academic] outcomes,” he acknowledged.
But over the next decade, Gates predicted that the industry could move to a new level of quality as ed-tech providers begin to understand student and teacher needs. “We can surprise people by really making education better—both here in the United States and around the world,” he said.
“Our foundation’s going to do everything we can to help facilitate the creation of great technology,” he said, with a focus on three areas: effective personalized learning solutions, an evidence base that works, and adoption of proven technologies. “Our goal is to help innovators.”
Scaling Up Personalized Learning
Within the next five years, Gates expects most schools to be using personalized learning in at least one way, but it’s a shift that will require more than just technology. Even the layout of the classroom will look different, he said.
Gordon Dahlby's insight:
Seems to underestimate AI as applied to helping students learn. Who is working on Watson(R) in education space?
The time of college students lugging thick textbooks across campus may soon be coming to an end. Many of the top textbook publishers, including McGraw-Hill Education, are seeing their sales of digital products outpace print copies for the first time ever. As the balance shifts in favor of digital textbooks, 100% adoption of electronic text on campuses, in classrooms and across school districts may not be far off.
Big Publishers In 2015, McGraw-Hill Education sold more units of digital learning material than physical copies of textbooks and other print products, InsideHigherEd reported. This is in line with McGraw-Hill’s 2014 sale breakdown where a greater percentage of revenue came from its digital products than print. McGraw-Hill offers a number of digital learning tools in addition to simple text e-books, including ALEKS, Connect, LearnSmart and SmartBooks, which also sold well in 2015.
Publishers don’t expect these numbers to be a flash in the pan. The trend is likely to continue in 2016 as early sales results come in, CEO and President of McGraw-Hill Education David Levin said in a statement.
“Our transition to providing digital products that offer better outcomes at meaningfully lower prices is going really well,” Levin explained. “In fact, as students returned to college in early 2016, they activated 1.2 million subscriptions to our Connect platform during January and February, a double-digit increase over the previous year.”
The stealthy, four-year-old Viv is among the furthest along in an endeavour that many in Silicon Valley believe heralds that next big shift in computing — and digital commerce itself. Over the next five years, that transition will turn smartphones — and perhaps smart homes and cars and other devices — into virtual assistants with supercharged conversational capabilities, said Julie Ask, an expert in mobile commerce at Forrester.
Powered by artificial intelligence and unprecedented volumes of data, they could become the portal through which billions of people connect to every service and business on the internet. It's a world in which you can order a taxi, make a restaurant reservation and buy movie tickets in one long unbroken conversation — no more typing, searching or even clicking.
Viv, which will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at a major industry conference on Monday May 9, is one of the most highly anticipated technologies expected to come out of a start-up this year. But Viv is by no means alone in this effort. The quest to define the next generation of artificial-intelligence technology has sparked an arms race among the five major tech giants: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon have all announced major investments in virtual-assistant software over the past year.
Recently, I (author Jesse Sostrin) wrote that the most overlooked factor in effective leadership is capacity: the time, attention, and energy that you, as an individual leader, can give. You cannot manage people, projects, or priorities without it.
However, when the gap between the demands you face and the resources you have available to meet them widens to the breaking point, a phenomenon that I call “the manager’s dilemma” takes hold. You simply do not have the resources, either within the organization or yourself, to handle the existing demand. With so many urgent fires to put out, you end up moving from one piece of unfinished business to the next without resolution. This leads to hurried conversations, truncated meetings, rushed deliverables, and impulsively written emails. Managing both new and previously unfinished work requires you to spin your wheels even faster. Setting aside complex problems to deal with later only compounds your sense of falling further behind. The fatigue from starting, switching, and then restarting produces more errors and further erodes the capacity you have.
You’ve entered a world of perpetually unfinished business. Meetings end without resolution; discussions start and then stop without clear next steps; work is plagued by mistakes; miscommunications need to be clarified; and issues weigh on your mind because they are always partially addressed, but never fully resolved. This pattern can convert even the most talented individual leader into a mediocre performer who stays busy, but not productive.
To address your manager’s dilemma: Hone in on your distinctive contribution and be selective with the projects and priorities you accept. How you approach this subtle challenge has a great impact on your performance. You cannot make progress on the priorities that matter by changing superficial behaviors — for instance, by keeping to-do lists or sorting your email differently.
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