Essential Conditions Shared Vision Proactive leadership develops a shared vision for educational technology among all education stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents and the community. Empowered Leaders Stakeholders at every level are empowered to be leaders in effecting change. Implementation Planning All stakeholders follow a systematic plan aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information and communication technology (ICT) and digital learning resources. Consistent and Adequate Funding Ongoing funding supports technology infrastructure, personnel, digital resources and staff development. Equitable Access All students, teachers, staff and school leaders have robust and reliable connectivity and access to current and emerging technologies and digital resources. Skilled Personnel Ongoing Professional Learning
Technology Advances in technology can improve the quality, accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency of assessments. Building on the success of member states and catalyzing the creation of new technologies will allow the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to: Accurately and efficiently measure student achievement and growth through computer-adaptive testing;Develop innovative and real-world test items that assess the breadth of the Common Core State Standards for virtually all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners;Enhance teacher and administrator professional development and capacity building at the local level; andLeverage cross-state resources to deliver assessments and produce both standardized and customizable reports that are cost-effective, timely, and useful for teachers, students, and parents to track progress towards college- and career-readiness. Technology Requirements IT Systems Architecture IT Systems Architecture Reports and Resources:
NETS Implementation - home State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) - Out of Print The benefits of digital content for student learning are many. Digital content can easily be kept up to date and relevant to students’ lives without the cost of reprinting or redistributing print materials. It can be made available anytime and anywhere, both online and offline, accessible when the student, teacher or parent needs it, whether from home, school, or another location. Out of Print makes the case for the digital difference and how digital content can positively affect student learning and engagement, make accommodations for special learning needs, provide unbundled search and discovery, and provide support for personalized learning.
Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop. In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine. (Read Harry Walker's paper Evaluating the Effectiveness of Apps for Mobile Devices.) I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Here's what I chose to spotlight in my rubric: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student Customization Feedback Student is provided specific feedback Thinking Skills Engagement Sharing
Teach your students the right way to Google Kelly Maher November 24th, 2014 In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources As in decades past, proper research methods are an essential skill for today’s students. At a time when most students (and adults, for that matter) are accustomed to heading straight to Google to answer all of their questions, being able to sagely sift through the good, the bad, and the ugly of search results is key to creating independent 21st century thinkers. However, even when used properly, Google is not always the right resource. Learn how to search Print resources undoubtedly still have a place at the table, but it would be futile to deny that the ability to locate and evaluate online sources is an equally valuable skill. (Next page: How students can improve their Google skills)
Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, “Just Google it,” when asked to describe the meaning of life? Research shows that students primarily use one search engine and then only look at the first page of results. They can quickly give up or settle for something “close enough” when they don’t find the information they’re looking for. Huge amounts of time are being wasted in searches void of the rigor of research. A very depressing view of the state of American students’ approach to Internet research comes from a recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. Somehow, we do not think this problem is limited to the students admitted to Yale. The K-12 students we ask (and the majority of our doctoral students) confidently explain that they know how to use Google. The second driving force is the Common Core State Standards.
Examples of Technology Integration with Young Children Key Messages When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children. Limitations on the use of technology and media are important. Special considerations must be given to the use of technology with infants and toddlers. Attention to digital citizenship and equitable access is essential. View Key Messages Summary (PDF) Examples of Effective Practice View Examples of Effective Practice (PDF) Technology That Supports Early Learning Pre-recorded Webcast: Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs This prerecorded 21-minute webcast addresses key messages in the position statement. View the webcast
SETDA - Case Studies 2012 Under current and prior incarnations of the the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), Congress granted the U.S. Department of Education specific responsibility to support states and school districts to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology. In 2010, the Obama Administration released its blueprint for the reauthorization of ESEA and in parallel ceased requesting federal budget support for educational technology programs in continuous operation since 1994. In that same year, the U.S. Department of Education made grants under the Race to the Top Assessment program to assist states in developing next generation assessments in grades 3 through 12 in mathematics and English language arts to be delivered online and administered via computer. The U.S. Select U.S. The Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program The Enhancing Education Through Technology state educational technology grants program (Title II, Part D, of ESEA) was the U.S.