The Daily Dish: Attendees Talk Education Technology At ISTE 2015

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June 30, 2015 03:12 pm

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Teachers, policymakers, educators, and others with an interest in technology in education have gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo. While technology is all the buzz among much of the conversations and workshops at ISTE, some in attendance are stressing the importance of other factors that contribute to successfully integrating technology into the classroom.

Ed Tech K-12’s D. Frank Smith summarized Sunday’s opening keynote from broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, in which O’Brien asserted that educators should look at technology in the classroom as  “a means to an end — not an end itself.” Smith writes that during her speech, O’Brien explained to those in attendance that technology can “expand students’ horizons by immersing them in different vocational opportunities,” but those possibilities cannot happen without widening access.

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The Daily Dish: Duncan Lays Out “Educational Rights” at National PTA Conference

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June 29, 2015 04:53 pm

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There are many vital components that help foster a student’s academic achievement – including access to quality teachers and instruction, rigorous curriculum that prepares them for college and career, and the overall school environment in which they learn. During this new digital, “networked” age of learning U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan argues that it is a student’s right to have such things available in order to further his or her education.

During a speech at the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duncan described what he called a set of “educational rights” which must belong to every family in America in order to give every child an equal opportunity to learn. In addition to a strong parental involvement, Duncan concluded these rights – free quality preschool, affordable quality college and high, challenging standards in a well-resourced school – “come together as a set of rights that students must have at three pivotal stages of their life, to prepare them for success in college and careers and as engaged, productive citizens.”

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The Daily Dish: Common Core Summit Gives California Teachers the Chance to Share Ideas

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June 26, 2015 02:38 pm

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Many schools and districts across the country have fully implemented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English and mathematics, but there is still much to be learned – by teachers and students – on the how to ensure the implementation is successful in preparing students for college and career.

This week, Katherine Ellison of EdSource, examined a new Common Core summit initiative that will allow teachers in the state to share with their peers the best practices they’ve pick up on while teaching the standards in their classroom. Ellison writes the July 31 event, “Better Together: California Teacher Summit,” is the work of a partnership between The New Teacher Center and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University; it expects to host some 20,000 pre-K-12 teachers leading and attending workshops at 33 colleges and universities.

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The Daily Dish: Improving WiFi Access for Rural and Low-Income Students

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June 25, 2015 03:13 pm

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This month the Obama Administration ConnectED plan to provide 99 percent of the nation’s students with next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries within five years, celebrates its second year. A press release from the White House on the anniversary of ConnectED notes the great strides that have been made to reach that goal – including the modernization of E-rate and the Future Ready Schools initiative. Still, there is work to be done in order to provide internet connectivity for all students, especially those from low-income and rural areas.

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The Daily Dish: Seven States and D.C. Receive NCLB Waiver Renewals

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June 24, 2015 02:51 pm

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Seven states and the District of Columbia were granted multiple year waiver renewals Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education from a number of provisions under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A press release on the Department of Education’s (ED) website says Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia were granted renewals as an effort to provide them with “stability as they continue to work on preparing all students for success in college, careers and life.” These states join Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia, which were granted renewals in March. More renewals are expected in the coming weeks.

“The last six years have seen dramatic progress for America’s school children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the press release. “The high school dropout rate is down, and graduation rates are higher than they have ever been. As a result of our partnerships with state and district leaders to couple flexibility with reform, we are seeing remarkable strides and bold actions to improve student outcomes.”

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The Daily Dish: Improving Teaching and Student Learning Through the Effective Use of Technology

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June 23, 2015 05:28 pm

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With the twelfth of thirteen Future Ready Schools regional summits wrapping up today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the talk around how to improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology continues to grow.

In a Q & A with Remake Learning’s Kathleen Costanza, Alliance for Excellent Education president and former governor of West Virginia Bob Wise spoke on the importance of the Future Ready initiative and what the “end game” for the summits and education leaders in attendance would be once they have integrated what they learn over the two-days in their schools. Future Ready summits have hosted some 1,700 school district leaders thus far and almost 2,000 superintendents have taken the Future Ready pledge.

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The Daily Dish: Achieving College and Career Readiness with the Common Core

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June 22, 2015 02:19 pm

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed five years ago in response to mounting evidence and feedback from colleges and universities, employers, and the military that many high school graduates were unprepared for success in college and a career. Now, as many schools across the country have fully implemented the K–12 grade level standards in English and mathematics, schools and districts are working to ensure students truly reach readiness.

In an article for The New York Times, Kate Taylor examines how schools across the country are working to satisfy the CCSS English requirements’ call for more nonfiction reading for students. As Taylor notes, the new standards require that 70 percent of what a 12th grader reads during the day be nonfiction, or “informational.” She adds that the change was included in the standards under the rationale that “…most of what students will be expected to read in college and at work will be informational, rather than literary, and that American students have not been well prepared to read those texts.”

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The Daily Dish: Closing the ‘Homework Gap’ For Low-Income Students

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June 19, 2015 03:13 pm

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to help more low income Americans receive access to high-speed internet on Thursday voting 3-2 to restructure its Lifeline program. Lifeline, a $1.8 billion program was established in 1985 to allow more low-income families access to affordable phone service, but as a press release on the FCC’s website asserts: “30 years after Lifeline was founded, the Commission has concluded it is time for a fundamental, comprehensive restructuring of the program to meet today’s most pressing communications needs: access to broadband.”

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel extended her support of the restructure in a statement on the FCC’s website, expressing that the changes – if done correctly – will “expand opportunity for too many among us who for too long have been consigned to the wrong side of the digital divide.” Specifically, Rosenworcel writes that this new way to bring internet access into homes will help to combat the “Homework Gap” that exists for students from low income backgrounds.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Learning to Learn Deeply

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June 19, 2015 01:33 pm

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In the June edition of State Innovations by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Sammi Plourde outlines New Hampshire’s use of deeper learning to demonstrate how such a systemic approach can work under the pillars of effective implementation. Those pillars  include: competency-based standards, strong assessment and accountability, and educator support.

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out NASBE’s May report from state education leaders on Deeper Learning in the 21st century, to learn more about how “many states—and state boards in particular—have articulated and supported policies to enable deeper learning.”

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The Daily Dish: Making Assessments Effective for Students and Teachers

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June 18, 2015 02:47 pm

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A July 2014 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education explains that the high turnover rate of beginning teachers costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually. The report, titled On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers, adds that in order to ensure new teachers are adequately prepared for the field, states and districts should develop systems to encourage high-quality educator development and teaching.

Some states have started doing just that by introducing more difficult teacher licensing exams according to a New York Times article by Elizabeth A. Harris. But Harris notes in the process officials are actually lowering the number of teachers of color who enter schools, “jeopardizing a goal of diversifying the teaching force.” Harris wrote Tuesday that in New York, “…only 41 percent of black and 46 percent of Hispanic candidates passed the [widely used licensing exam called Praxis Core] their first time, compared with 64 percent of their white counterparts” over a six month period in 2014.

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