“E-Rate,” a little-known but critical program under the auspices of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). E-Rate is an 18 year-old program originally designed to help schools and libraries pay for telecommunication services
using it as a tool to support broadband Internet deployment in our schools
The modernization of E-Rate, by bringing Wi-Fi enabled broadband Internet to our schools, creates the necessary backbone for the deployment of technology in education
economics of education technology finally make sense
experience now shows that digital learning transforms education
included choice in sessions - everyone had the opportunity to choose between three different PD sessions where various apps were being featured and basic training was being offered
professional development was led by our students
thirteen fifth graders facilitated our staff learning by sharing various apps that they loved using and felt like experts in regards to application
student voice (#StuVoice)
students had an opportunity to teach others about various tech resources based on the fact that they had developed a level of expertise with those resources
Educreations, Sticky Notes, Bitmoji, iMovie, Haiku Deck and Near Pod
children were given time in their classroom to prepare presentations and then had a chance to present to their classmates and refine their presentations. The groups were then paired up and assigned to a room so that each room featured two app presentations by two different groups (3 rooms in total). The staff then had a choice of which presentations they wanted to participate in and went to that room. The staff members were informed in advance about the apps that would be featured and were encouraged to download the apps of interest and bring their devices to the PD sessions so they could be more interactive.
Technology shouldn’t force a school away from its guiding principles; it should be implemented thoughtfully to complement those goals
2. TECH SHOULD COMPLIMENT NOT REPLACE
needed to do more conceptual building.” That’s why she chose ST Math as a
3. INVOLVE FAMILIES
When Vinci donated tablets to its kindergarten students, Encompass had the company train parents on how to use them.
Achieve3000 in Language Arts because it offers letters home in Spanish, access to student dashboards by mobile device and even an audio function so parents can listen to the articles their students read
4. DON’T LET TRENDS DICTATE DECISIONS
Although tablets and laptops are trendy right now
Tablets? Maybe. Laptops? Don't seem to fit the mold of a 'trend.'
5. SUPPORT TEACHERS
They need professional development and the ability to offer input into what software and models the school uses. “It’s not about the online content, it’s about the structures and putting it in a meaningful way for teachers to use it,”
6. USE TECH TO FREE UP TEACHER TIME
Computers aren’t teachers, but they can offer a space for students to practice skills they’ve learned or explore new ones while a teacher is working with smaller group of students.
7. TRACK DATA
8. EXPECT EXCELLENCE, NOT ACHIEVEMENT
“In private schools it’s about excellence, it’s not about achievement,”
9. UNDERSTAND START-UP WORLD
good luck working with small start-up businesses, in part because she’s entered those relationships with her eyes open.
hen a start-up company changed its business model, deciding not to work directly with schools anymore she wasn’t surprised or taken off guard
10. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH VENDORS
When she interviews a potential tech partner she is looking for how responsive the company will be to her school’s needs and whether they can produce data in useable ways.
important to have a written data governance plan that recognizes the different sources of data that the school district has. I think districts should have policies about how the data can be used — how do teachers sign up for apps, how is information given to online vendors, what’s the process before signing contracts for data use?
data governance at the district level
actually know what data you have. This means creating an inventory of what you are collecting, and then to be transparent, to post that inventory on your website. Also include information about what data the school collects, how it is being protected and what it is used for. Once you build in the governance and the transparency around your data systems, the technical challenges are the easy part.
Make information about student data practices and polices easy to find.
Publish a list of the personal student information you collect and you plan to use it.
Make sure parents know what, if any, personal student information you plan to share with third-party vendors.
Effectively communicate your data usage plans and policies to parents and members of the public.
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