Federal support for the effective use of technology for teaching, learning, and improved school operations – driven primarily by executive actions at the White House and via politically-appointed leadership at the U.S. Department of Education – could get halted, shifted or eliminated on the first day of a Trump administration.
What does the Trump Administration mean for educational technology advocates? There is a lot we don’t know, but one thing we can expect is new leadership and a new agenda at the FCC. One issue to watch: efforts to rein in the universal service fee, which could put pressure on E-rate funding and related efforts to close the ‘homework gap.’
New U.S. Department of Education guidance offers insights into how the new state block grant program will operate under ESSA, including its educational technology provisions. While the guidance is (debatably) human-readable and targeted primarily to state department of education lawyers and staff, this post offers advice on the three issues you need to consider as you slog through its 47 pages.
The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), perhaps the signature 1:1 laptop program in the nation, has generated controversy and struggled with results. It is now at risk of being brought to an end. One contributing factor: despite a 10+ year statewide track record of implementation, there is a lack of high-quality research on the program’s effectiveness in contributing to student learning. It’s a missed opportunity.
The authors of the 2016 EdNext Poll on School Reform claim that support for blended learning has dropped among parents since last year. A closer look at two year’s worth of their polling data and analysis, however, raises more questions than answers. It seems there is a glitch in the EdReform Matrix.
I regularly see three myths and misconceptions being advanced by those advocating for the use of blockchain in education. It leaves me wondering if blockchain for learning advocates even understand the underlying technology. For all that seems magical about blockchain technology, I assert it is not – after all – magic.
It is time to reboot the social contract for public education in a digital age. At the same time, we must remain clear-eyed and recognize the ways in which technology also introduces new issues and potential threats. What we need are terms of service that provide every student and their family assurances that their interests remain at the fore.
Newly published, peer-reviewed research finds that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. Given the top line finding, I suspect the study will garner much attention and – at the same time – be subject to much spin. Here is my summary of the study, with accompanying analysis of what we can reasonably conclude from the findings.
Select state government audits of school district IT security procedures find a concerning state of affairs. State departments of education should adopt and promulgate digital security expectations and best practices for schools, provide technical assistance and resources to districts to support implementation, and conduct regular audits to ensure compliance.