EdNET Insight - From the Editor http://www.ednetinsight.com en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Central by Imulus (http://imulus.com) info@ednetinsight.com CCSS Materials, Apple's ConnectED Initiative http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ccss-materials--apple-s-connected-initiative.html Capstone chose the perfect venue - the School Library Journal Leadership Summit - to debut "School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian," a short film it produced with the help of educators across the nation. Watch the film at <a href="http://bit.ly/1nzvID3">http://bit.ly/1nzvID3</a href>. <p> Educators are getting access to more Common Core materials. Achieve released <a href="http://www.achieve.org/equip">50 lessons</a href> rated Exemplar (well-aligned with the Common Core and ready for immediate use in classrooms) or Exemplar if Improved (aligned, but require some improvement in one or more dimensions of the rubric). The materials were submitted by states, districts, partners and educators and were reviewed and rated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel, a group of expert reviewers who have been trained to apply the EQuIP Rubrics and quality review process. Publishers and developers might want to check out some of these reviewed lessons to get an idea of what characterizes highly-rated materials. <p> ASCD announced the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/id932201902">Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U</a href>. The Project is a curation of instructional resources and assessment sample items that will help educators successfully implement the CCSS and teach effectively using iPads. The project features 23 iTunes U courses designed by teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, and ASCD teachers. <p> Apple announced that 114 schools will receive ConnectED grants, fulfilling its $100 million commitment to ConnectED. Every student at the schools will receive an iPad, teachers and administrators will get an iPad and MacBooks, and every classroom will be equipped with Apple TV. ]]> Friday, October 31, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ccss-materials--apple-s-connected-initiative.html Bridging the Word Gap http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/bridging-the-word-gap.html Last week the White House, along with Too Small to Fail and the Urban Institute, hosted an event focused on bridging the word gap. We've known for 20 years that during the first three years of life poor children hear roughly 30 million fewer total words than their more affluent peers, putting them at a distinct disadvantage not only for school success but also for long-term health outcomes, earnings, and family stability. During the event the Administration announced a coordinated effort by the Department of Education (ED), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help parents address this critical issue. ]]> Friday, October 24, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/bridging-the-word-gap.html Privacy Pledge http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/privacy-pledge.html Last week, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy. A small leadership group supported the launch by signing the Pledge. Over the next several months, SIIA and FPF will solicit additional support from school service providers and work to make educators and parents aware of the Pledge and the industry's commitment to protect student privacy. <BR> <P>SIIA and FPF built the Pledge around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information, including not selling student information, not targeting advertising based on student behavior or profiles and using data only for authorized education purposes. These are all things most school service providers are already doing. The Pledge is a proactive effort to focus attention on "good behavior," detailing industry practices that not only meet but go beyond existing federal requirements. It is also meant to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate their practices. Transparency and clarity can go a long way in building trust among educators and parents. Learn more at http://studentprivacypledge.org/?page_id=45 ]]> Friday, October 17, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/privacy-pledge.html Educator Support for the Common Core http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/educator-support-for-the-common-core.html There are several surveys and polls making the news this week, focused on the implementation of the Common Core. Surveys are always subject to interpretation, but I think the message is pretty clear at this point. It's interesting to note that during EdNET the Common Core was hardly ever the focus of the discussion. It was, however, the assumed given, a defining element of classroom instruction and pedagogy. While the politics of the Common Core will continue to be divisive, classroom and district realities are more positive, focused on moving forward and getting the job done. <p>The teacher's voice is captured in <a href="http://www.scholastic.com/primarysources/PrimarySources-2014update.pdf">"Teachers' Views on Common Core State Standards."</a> This survey was fielded by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in July 2014, a follow-up to the third edition of the <i>Primary Sources</i> survey of America's teachers that was conducted in 2013. <p> Superintendents' views are represented in <a href="http://www.gallup.com/file/strategicconsulting/172025/K-12%20Superintendents%20Panel%20Report%20July%202014.pdf">"Understanding Perspectives on American Public Education"</a> based on a Gallup/Education Week survey, the second of three surveys Gallup has planned to track and understand superintendents' opinions on important topics and issues facing education. <p> <a href="http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=440">"Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts' Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges,"</a> from the Center on Education Policy, is based on a nationally representative sample of school districts in Common Core-adopting states. CEP has been conducting research on the Common Core with district leaders since 2009. ]]> Friday, October 10, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/educator-support-for-the-common-core.html In the News http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/in-the-news.html MDR's <a href="http://ednetconference.com/">EdNET Conference </a href>kicks off this Sunday in Baltimore. The registration list shows healthy representation from both long-established education market companies and start-ups and entrepreneurs. I'm looking forward to seeing long-time friends and meeting the many new players. For those of you unable to attend, we'll be sharing information on trends and insights shared at EdNET in future issues of the News Alert. <BR> <P>Just a few things to be aware of this week.</P> <p>Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution that will fund FY 2015 government operations through Dec 11, 2014. Funding levels essentially flat with those of FY 2014.</P> <P>For anyone here in Chicago,<a href="http://www.up.co/communities/usa/chicago/startup-weekend/4009"> Startup Weeekend Education</a href> kicks off tonight, Sept 26, at 6PM at National Louis University, the site of last year's successful inaugural event.</P <P>October is <a href="http://connectededucators.org/">Connected Educator Month</a href>, the third annual celebration of professional collaboration, designed to help more educators get proficient with social media. It's not too late to get your message in front of participating educators.</P> <p>The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Getting Smart have launched the <a href="http://myschoolinfochallenge.com/">My School Information Design Challenge</a href>, a national competition to rethink and redesign the way in which key data is presented on school report cards.</P> ]]> Friday, September 26, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/in-the-news.html Learning Games, PDK/Gallup http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/learning-games--pdk-gallup.html Today marks the last day of Operation Play, the weeklong game-based learning initiative. Organized by our friends at Filament Games, the event was designed to celebrate those innovative educators who are implementing game-based learning in their classrooms. It featured social media giveaways, a video case study series, educator podcasts, a game-based learning community and of course, learning games. Operation Play partners included BrainPOP, GlassLab Games, MIT's Education Arcade, Institute of Play, iCivics, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, GamesandLearning.org, WorkingExamples.org, the Gaming in Ed Conference of Learning Revolution.com and edWeb.net There's still time to get a glimpse of the goings on a the Operation Play Resource Center at https://www.filamentgames.com/operation-play . ]]> Friday, September 19, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/learning-games--pdk-gallup.html Another CR; Cyber Security Awareness Month http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/another-cr--cyber-security-awareness-month.html The new federal fiscal year starts on Oct 1. That means Congress has to do something about the FY 2015 budget. No one wants to see a government shutdown in an election year. On Tuesday, Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution that would fund federal programs and services at the FY 2104 spending rate of $1.02 trillion until December 11, 2014. The bill was crafted to win support - there are no controversial riders or significant changes to existing federal policy - and was expected to pass in both the House and Senate. There are no changed to anything affected the Department of Education and its budget, so it will be business as usual for the next several months. <br> A vote was expected on Thursday, but the process is paused right now while Congress decides how to deal with the President's request for funding to support the effort to defeat the Islamic State militants. Congress will get this CR passed. The lessons of the last government shut down are still raw. It's likely that another CR would be passed before the December expiration date, leaving any final appropriations legislation for the new Congress to deal with in 2015. ]]> Friday, September 12, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/another-cr--cyber-security-awareness-month.html ESEA Flexibilty Gets More Complex http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/esea-flexibilty-gets-more-complex.html ESEA Flexibility seems to get more complicated by the day. Of the 34 states that applied for a waiver extension, 22 states have been granted extensions for the 2014-15 school year. It seems likely that the remaining 11 extension applicants will get their extension letters soon, though Arizona and Oregon are ranked as "high risk," mostly because of problems with their teacher evaluation systems. Oklahoma became the only state to have its waiver extension request denied. Washington state had its waiver revoked back in April. Washington needed existing state law to be amended to require teacher and principal evaluations to include student growth on state tests. That legislation failed early in 2014. But now that the Department of Education has pushed back by one year the timeline for incorporating student growth on state assessments into the new teacher evaluation systems, Washington state education officials feel that the extra year may have allowed them to work out the legislative roadblock. Meanwhile, some news outlets are reporting that Oklahoma's governor is considering suing the Department of Education over its waiver denial. That has the potential to become a big problem. ]]> Friday, September 05, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/esea-flexibilty-gets-more-complex.html Waivers for the ESEA Waivers http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/waivers-for-the-esea-waivers.html Somehow this piece of news slipped by me. In mid-August, Rep. John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Senator Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions have asked the Government Accounting Office to initiate an investigation of the ESEA Flexibility (waivers) initiative. In their <a href="http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/kline_alexander_gao_esea_waivers_8_12_14.pdf">letter to the GAO </a href>, the two Republican leaders asked the agency to study the criteria used for waiver determination, the changes states have made to comply with waiver requirements, the average time, resources and legislative action required to seek and maintain waiver approval, and some of the requirements surrounding implementation of the teacher and principal evaluation systems. Republican have long complained that the Department of Education has used the ESEA Flexibility initiative to establish new requirements that are not authorized by Congress and step well beyond the bounds of the current legislation. Kline and Alexander pointed out what they see as uneven application of the requirements as the Department goes about approving waiver extensions, especially around the new educator evaluation systems. ]]> Friday, August 29, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/waivers-for-the-esea-waivers.html PDK/Gallup and EdNext Polls http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/pdk-gallup-and-ednext-polls.html Two polls were released this week examining the publics' attitudes about American education. Though a lot of attention has been paid to the half dozen or so question devoted to the Common Core Standards, both PDK/Gallup and Education Next (EdNext) cover a broader range of topics. PDK will be publishing the results of its 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools in two sections this year. The first, published this week covers American's opinions on the Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school governance, and school choice. A report scheduled for October will focus on teacher preparation and evaluation, support for reforming America's schools, student well-being, and preparing students for college and careers. In its eight version of its national poll, EdNext asked respondents about their knowledge of and evaluation of American schools, school spending, school choice policies, personnel policies, Common Core Standards and college readiness. The PDK/Gallup poll provides a lot of historical context, allowing readers to see how opinion has changed over time. EdNext probes more deeply on some questions, developing a context within which to understand the original "Agree" or "Disagree" response. ]]> Friday, August 22, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/pdk-gallup-and-ednext-polls.html Teachers on the Common Core, State Broadband Activity http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/teachers-on-the-common-core--state-broadband-activity.html Education Week has released a new report, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core." The report is based on a survey of educators conducted during the 2013-14 school year. There are no surprises here; the survey confirms what Education Week reported last year and what has been found in several other survey of educators around Common Core-related issues. Essentially teachers are positively disposed to the standards, dubious about the new assessments and somewhat anxious about their own preparation, the resources they have available and the extent to which students are prepared to master the new standards or the assessments linked to them. The best news, and highly consistent with other such surveys, is that most educators believe that the Common Core Standards will improve their own instruction and classroom practice (46% agree, 23% strongly agree) and student learning (38% agree, 27% strongly agree). ]]> Friday, August 15, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/teachers-on-the-common-core--state-broadband-activity.html Back-to-School News http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/back-to-school-news.html The back-to-school stories have been popping up for several weeks now. Companies offering free access to their products, community drives to collect school supplies for children in need, volunteers helping to spruce up classroom or playgrounds. MDR's data show that by mid-August nearly 25% of U.S. schools will already be open with another 50% opening before the end of the month. Summer is quickly drawing to an end. <BR> <P>This week Chicago's Mayor Rohm Emanuel took advantage of a feel-good story to identify with teachers (our Mayor needs all the help he can get when it comes to Chicago's teachers). The Mayor announced that Google and Staples had fully funded every Chicago-based project posted in DonorsChoose.org. As a result, 363 teachers will receive $383,868 worth of classroom supplies ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes. You might be surprised to see how many teachers are asking for basic school and art and craft supplies on DonorsChoose. ]]> Friday, August 08, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/back-to-school-news.html Software Platforms and School Software Use http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/software-platforms-and-school-software-use.html CDW-G issued a new infographic based on surveys of 175 IT professionals working In K-12 schools. The survey focused on gathering information about the platforms schools are using for both instructional and administrative purposes. Perhaps impacted by surging demand for support of mobile devices, the average school now supports three platforms for instruction and two for administration. Only 17% of districts use only one platform for instruction (Windows is most common), with 28% supporting two platforms (Windows, iOS), 27% supporting three (Windows, iOS and Android) and 28% supporting four platforms (Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome). On the administrative side, 34% of districts support one platform (Windows is most common), 27% support two (Windows, iOS), 17% support three (Windows, iOS and Android) and 22% support four platforms (Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome). ]]> Friday, August 01, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/software-platforms-and-school-software-use.html LRMI Survey Data http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/lrmi-survey-data.html The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), a joint project of the Association of Educational Publishers - the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers-and Creative Commons - released results from survey of educational publishers and educators designed to gather information about preferences, frustrations, and experiences with searching for and improving the discoverability of educational resources and content online. The Initiative appears to be doing a good job of raising awareness among educational publishers. More than four out of five publishers surveyed (83%) were aware of metadata tagging initiatives, and 72% were specifically aware of the LRMI. ]]> Friday, July 25, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/lrmi-survey-data.html Teacher PD, Principal Recruitment http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/teacher-pd--principal-recruitment.html Two interesting reports appeared recently. "Beyond Teacher Evaluation: Prioritizing Teacher Instructional Effectiveness with Meaningful Professional Development" was sponsored by School Improvement network and conducted by EdNexus Advisors, LLC. Based on surveys of states' departments of education about the professional learning component of their teacher evaluation policies, the study was designed to gain a better understanding of state policy on providing and funding meaningful teacher professional development tied to teacher evaluations. It highlights activates in Connecticut, Kentucky, New Jersey and South Dakota, states that are making a significant effort to implement teacher support related to evaluations. The Fordham Institute released "Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement" examining how districts go about identifying talent, enlisting the best candidates for the job, and matching their distinctive skills and capabilities to the needs of specific schools, with an in-depth look at five urban school districts that have sought to improve their principal-hiring processes in recent years. ]]> Friday, July 18, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/teacher-pd--principal-recruitment.html ISTE, Excellent Educators for All http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/iste--excellent-educators-for-all.html From all reports ISTE was a huge success this year, with over 16,000 educators in attendance. That's likely a record and hopefully a sign that things are really back on track. Atlanta was a good location, within a day's drive of a considerable stretch of the eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast. And there's no question that ed tech has moved to a new level. Teachers are experimenting with flipping their classrooms and blended learning and looking for ways to maximize instructional uses of student owned devices. IT people continue to look for devices and infrastructure in preparation for the spring administration of the new Common Core assessments. This post-ISTE issue is full of announcements made in Atlanta last week. I tried to include as much as I could, though a number of other headlines (multiple announcement from one company, awards and contests) got posted only on the News Alert web site. Click through on any category if you want to see all the ISTE news that came in these past two weeks. ]]> Friday, July 11, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/iste--excellent-educators-for-all.html Mid-Year Roundup http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/mid-year-roundup-7-3-2014.html <p>Happy summer holiday week, friends! In a season of vacations and celebrations, we hope you’re enjoying some time with family and friends. <BR><br>This week, we’re highlighting the most read articles for the first half of 2014 to give you another chance at catching up on them. We’re grateful to have had so many valuable contributions to the News Alert from our friends and industry colleagues this year! The highlighted collection below presents the four articles published since January that received the most pageviews. <BR><br>Enjoy!</p> <p><a href="http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/market-insights/infographic--k-12-technology-trends.html">Infographic: K 12 Technology Trends</a><br> From MDR's State of the K12 Market report<BR><br> <a href="http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/we-don-t-need-no---wait--maybe-we-do-.html">We Don’t Need No … Wait. Maybe We Do.</a><br> Frank Catalano, Intrinsic Strategy<BR><br> <a href="http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/capturing-top-sales-talent-quickly-is-essential-to-your-revenue-growth.html">Capturing Top Sales Talent Quickly Is Essential to Your Revenue Growth<br> Lisa Sacchetti, CPC, President, The Renaissance Network, Inc.</a><BR><br> <a href="http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/market-insights/three-key-issues-in-the-education-marketplace.html">Three Key Issues in the Education Marketplace</a></br> As shared by members of the EdNET 2014 Advisory Board ]]> Thursday, July 03, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/mid-year-roundup-7-3-2014.html E-rate Modernization Order http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/e-rate-modernization-order.html The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has launched a campaign aimed at encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase funding for the E-rate. ISTE is urging all "ISTE members, educators, parents, and students across the country to tweet directly to @FCC using this new hashtag: #RaiseTheErateCap." Advocates are encouraged to tell FCC Commissioners "how important broadband and digital learning is for your students." At the ISTE Conference, which opens this weekend, members will be able to sign a petition urging the FCC to increase funding for the E-Rate program. The petition will be at the ISTE Advocacy Network Booth. This activity is in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's release of the details of his plan to modernize the E-rate, which predictably did not include any funding increase. The FCC will meet on July 11 to vote on a Report and Order to modernize the E-rate. ]]> Friday, June 27, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/e-rate-modernization-order.html NCM Horizon Report 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ncm-horizon-report-2014.html The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition has been released. The report is produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), with the support of HP. This sixth edition in the annual K-12 series examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. The Horizon report often gets the most attention for its identification of which top six emerging technologies will be adopted in the classroom over the next five years These technologies have already been widely discussed since the April release of the Horizon Project Preview. For me the most interesting part of this project is its identification of the key trends very likely to drive technology planning and decision-making over the next five years and the detailing of significant challenges schools face when adopting new technology. This year the report provides its readers more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice. ]]> Friday, June 20, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ncm-horizon-report-2014.html Field Testing Ends, Teacher Ownership of Teacher-Created Materials http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/field-testing-ends--teacher-ownership-of-teacher-created-materials.html Both the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium wrapped up their field tests of the new Common Core assessments last week. In the 22 SBAC states and territories, 4.2 million students completed English and math assessments in grades 3 - 8 and 11th grade. PARCC tested more than one million students in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The field tests gave both consortia a chance to try out their test items, checking for validity and reliability. Teachers and students also got a preview of what to expect when the tests go live (and count) in the spring of 2015. PARCC reports that student surveys showed that students liked the online format. Test administrators were also quite positive, but noted that instruction for test administrators were too long and sometimes confusing. PARCC plans to release a list of lessons learned from the field test this summer. ]]> Friday, June 13, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/field-testing-ends--teacher-ownership-of-teacher-created-materials.html