Future Ready: A Systemic Plan for Transformation In the NewsMarch 09, 2015
Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. In this webinar for the edWeb.net Leadership 3.0 community, presenter Thomas C. Murray, State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, shared how this effort will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.
How have learning technologies evolved over time? Scroll through our timeline to find out: The Evolution of Learning Technologies Like almost every product and service in our world, education is changing. New technologies designed to simplify and streamline the transference of information from those who have it to those who do not are being designed and refined at a pace and scale never seen before. Information that was once the reserve of the elite is now being disseminated to new demographics, democratising education in a way that was unthinkable less than a generation ago. But exactly how is that change happening, and what will the classroom – or virtual classroom – of the future look like?
These workshops are the next step in a national effort to encourage more schools to infuse technology into the classroom. This initiative, Future Ready Schools, is organized through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, D.C., policy and advocacy organization. The conversations are expected to tackle issues such as teacher training, student data privacy, instruction and budgets. The organizers say they want to encourage school leaders to focus on creating educational goals. Schools need to make clear plans for how technology will improve outcomes for students, officials said.
Today registration opened for twelve regional summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The summits are free of charge and are led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than thirty-five content partners. Nearly 500 school district leaders nationwide are expected to participate directly in the summits and more than 1,300 additional district leaders will benefit.
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.
Tom Rooney ‘ConnectED to the Future’ In the NewsNovember 24, 2014
In partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the U.S. Department of Education will host 12 regional summits for Future Ready school districts to assist local educational leaders as they develop and implement action plans to use technology to personalize learning in their school districts. Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete in the global economy demands an interactive, personalized learning experience, education experts say. But according to the Federal Communications Commission, 68 percent of school districts report that not a single school in their district can meet high-speed connectivity goals, and too few American schools have the broadband connections necessary to support innovative teaching and learning. Most also lack the wireless connectivity to individualize instruction for students.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Monday proposed that the cap on annual spending for Internet in schools be raised by $1.5 billion. Obama has asked Congress for $200 million in Fiscal Year 2015 to help fund the initiative. But school districts, many of them cash-strapped, will still have to find room in their budgets for technology. The administration said that districts will still have to tailor their budgets to accommodate technology. The Department of Education, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, plans to hold 12 regional summits to help educators introduce and use technology in schools.
At White House Convening, Gov. Bob Wise Announces Series of Regional Summits to Get School Districts “Future Ready” Press ReleaseNovember 19, 2014
Appearing with President Obama and more than 100 district school superintendents at a White House convening, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise today announced a series of regional summits and the unveiling of vast resources for district superintendents who take the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready District Pledge to develop the human and technological capacity needed to personalize learning using digital tools.