Is Your School #FutureReady? In the NewsDecember 09, 2014
Trying to use Wi-Fi at school can feel like "sucking peanut butter out of a straw," according to Thomas Murray, state and district learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education. The typical K-12 public school, he notes, has the same Internet access as the average home, but with 200 times more users. Rural and high-poverty schools are more likely to be on the wrong side of this digital divide. Some 84 percent of teachers worry that technology is contributing to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts, according to the Pew Research Center.
Eagle Point Superintendent Cynda Rickert was the only superintendent in Oregon invited to attend the National Connected Superintendents Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama in November at the White House. Rickert was one of 700 superintendents nationwide to apply and one of 100 to be invited. The conference was centered around the president’s ConnectED initiative, which aims at getting 99 percent of students across the country connected to the Internet, preparing teachers to use technology effectively in the classroom and providing students with access to educational devices.
The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal endorsed by the Obama administration that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills.
Article boasting musuems features Alliance webinar, “Beyond the Field Trip: Connected Learning in Museum Spaces” In the NewsSeptember 04, 2014
Today I got a peek at museums 2.0. A few of those weathered corridors of calm and classification we all traipsed through with classmates have opened virtual doors to the universe. In an online talk titled “ Beyond the Field Trip,” Barry Joseph, associate director for digital learning with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, describes his work in education programs. It was produced by the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education. The talk starts with the idea that giving every child a computer may be the next horizon educators see, but that’s not where schools need to focus. “Digital infrastructure is so much more than broadband and devices,” Joseph said.
4 Core Principles of Connected Learning In the NewsMarch 28, 2014
Connected learning — education that uses digital media to engage students and encourage communication, collaboration and critical thinking — is the key to student success in the information age, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Learning Media (DLM) initiative that schools and out-of-school sites are adopting to enhance student learning and outcomes by connecting their education to their interests. Connected learning uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.