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 Some News To Note http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/some-news-to-note.html I am so looking forward to EdNET this year. Vicki has put together a terrific program and there are lots of real issues to discuss. See you in Dallas! <br><br> I had a note from Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief at EdTech Digest. Victor wants to be sure that everyone knows that there is still time to enter the <a href="https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/etd-awards/2017-entry-form/">7th annual EdTech Awards</a href>. The entry deadline is September 30, 2016. The EdTech Awards honor cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters in the education and technology sector. Check out the press release in today's Announcements section for details. <br><br> The President was busy last week. He hosted two White House Summits, one on reinventing high school and the other on computer science. The pattern of these events has become very familiar. ]]> Friday, September 23, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/some-news-to-note.html Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/horizon-report---2016-k-12-edition.html The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition has been released. The report is produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), made possible by Share Fair Nation under a grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation. CoSN also released a new Toolkit to accompany the 2016 Horizon Report, designed to assist schools share the report's latest education trends and open conversations around whether and how the identified trends relate to challenges in their local communities. ]]> Friday, September 16, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/horizon-report---2016-k-12-edition.html The New Head Start Performance Standards http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/the-new-head-start-performance-standards.html The Department of Health and Human Services has released the new <a href="https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/new-policy">Head Start Performance Standards</a href>. Department officials say that the new standards represent the biggest changes made since the standards were originally published in 1975. Even without new regulations Head Start has changed a lot since its 1965 inception. Over the years the program has placed more emphasis on expanding children's learning opportunities, with a resulting demand for better-prepared teachers. Building on that ongoing evolution, the new standards further strengthen curriculum requirements for children, increase expectations around professional development for teachers and ramp up the program's efforts on behalf of children with disabilities, homeless students and English language learners ]]> Friday, September 09, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/the-new-head-start-performance-standards.html ED's Draft ESSA Spending rules http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ed-s-draft-essa-spending-rules.html The Department of Education released its <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/snsnprm83016.pdf"> revised rules</a href> governing how school districts allocate billions of Title I dollars meant to educate poor children. The underlying idea is that districts must use Title I dollars to add resources to poor schools on top of the baseline that districts provide to all schools, the supplement not supplant principle. The initial proposal was widely criticized. In that set of rules the Department asked districts to demonstrate that state and local per-pupil funding in Title I schools is at least equal to the average per-pupil spending in non-Title I schools. It is clear that the Department took the comments it received seriously and incorporated a number of changes into these revised rules, but critics - Republican Congressional leaders, the teacher unions, the chiefs, district superintendents - remain unhappy. ]]> Friday, September 02, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ed-s-draft-essa-spending-rules.html Education Next 10th Annual Poll http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/education-next-10th-annual-poll.html With all the back-to-school activities and <a href="http://ednetconference.com/schedule/">EdNET Conference</a href> planning in full swing, I guess I have to admit that summer is truly coming to an end. Vicki has been involved with EdNET planning for months now, but recently I have joined her on a series of planning calls with our various speakers. That's when I begin to get really excited, as we toss around questions and share ideas with people building companies and thinking about the next generation of innovative and challenging learning products. We keep returning to issues related to discoverability, product evaluation and efficacy research. After a planning call for an EdNET session on the changing procurement environment, I was reminded that Digital Promise is collecting examples of how ed-tech developers use research to design, improve, and evaluate their ed-tech products. Researchers from Columbia Teachers College will review all submissions and select three companies to be featured on Digital Promise and EdSurge's sites. And, all participating companies will be listed on the Digital Promise site. <a href="http://digitalpromise.org/2016/08/09/ed-tech-developers-share-how-you-use-research/">Submit your examples</a href> by September 30th. This is a great opportunity to tell your story and share it with the education community. ]]> Friday, August 26, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/education-next-10th-annual-poll.html EQUIP Launches http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/equip-launches.html I couldn't resist picking up the story from the Paper and Packaging Board that you'll find in the Featured News section. I for one am a big fan of paper. I'm old enough that I find it easier to jot down an address than reach for my phone and hunt and peck away at immediately entering it in my contact list. I also believe there are a few tasks that, for me at least, demand a handwritten note - an expression of sympathy or a heartfelt thank you. I love the heft of an engraved invitation and look forward to opening Christmas cards. Of course, I'm not exactly the embodiment of the 21st century digital citizen. Nevertheless, I'm betting paper will be around for a long time to come. <p> The Department of Education announced that it had invited eight selected partnerships between institutions of higher education and non-traditional providers to participate in the EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) experiment. ]]> Friday, August 19, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/equip-launches.html Back to School http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/back-to-school.html Back to school season is in full swing. (It seems to come earlier every year.) 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. ]]> Friday, August 12, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/back-to-school.html Memories of Seymour Papert http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/memories-of-seymour-papert.html The worlds of learning and technology lost a giant this week. Seymour Papert, Professor Emeritus at MIT, creator of the Logo programming language, pioneer of the Constructionist theory of learning and a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab passed away on Sunday at his home in Maine. While attending a conference on mathematics education in Hanoi in 2006, Dr. Papert suffered a serious brain injury when struck by a motor scooter. That accident removed him from active participation in the educational technology arena, but his influence continued to loom large. American education is rediscovering an understanding that children learn best when they are actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge, an idea Papert was championing in the 1960s. ]]> Friday, August 05, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/memories-of-seymour-papert.html Are Students Using Technology for Learning? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/are-students-using-technology-for-learning-.html AdvanceED has published a <a href="http://www.advanc-ed.org/sites/default/files/AdvancED_eleot_Classroom_Tech_Report.pdf">short paper</a href> documenting its findings about technology use in the classroom. The bottom line: students do not routinely use technology for learning. Based on direct classroom observations of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, AdvancED found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student's school experience. ]]> Friday, July 29, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/are-students-using-technology-for-learning-.html Broadband Expansion http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/broadband-expansion.html Underserved schools are getting some extra support in their quest to access high-speed broadband services. The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition - an internet access advocacy group - released its new <a href="http://www.shlb.org/action-plan">"Broadband Action Plan"</a href> last week. The plan is made up of 10 research papers that detail strategies for ensuring that anchor institutions - schools, libraries, healthcare providers, community colleges, public media, public housing, and other community organizations - have access to gigabit internet speeds. These anchor institutions are central to ensuring that broadband Internet is available to those most in need. While a lot of attention is paid to residential or commercial access to high-speed broadband, connecting anchor institution is a cost-effective way to ensure that every community and every individual has high-speed access to the Internet The action plan is part of the coalition's broader "Grow2Gig+" initiative, a push to connect all anchor institutions to gigabit speeds by 2020. ]]> Friday, July 22, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/broadband-expansion.html FY 2017 Deadline Looms http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-deadline-looms.html As this legislative session draws to an end, Congress has been very busy, especially on the House side. On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill. Funding for the Department of Education was set at $67 billion, down $1.3 billion from FY2016. The Senate set Department of Education FY17 funding at $67.8 billion. In something of a surprise, the House bill appropriated $1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program. That's a lot more than the Senate's $300 million appropriation, though still under the $1.6 billion level authorized in ESSA. ]]> Friday, July 15, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-deadline-looms.html EdNET 2016 Program, Platform Integration http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ednet-2016-program--platform-integration.html The program for <i><A href="http://ednetconference.com/">EdNET 2016</I></a href> is now available and as always Vicki Bigham, our conference manager, has done a terrific job. Maybe because I've been knee deep in ISTE coverage, reviewing the program I see a number of parallels to ISTE. Of course, EdNET takes a business perspective, examining market trends with an eye to devising business strategies based on those trends. The perspective may differ, but the core trends and issues are common to both educators and providers. EdNET sessions will focus on the implications of ESSA, bridging the educator-provider trust gap, new marketplaces and their role in procurement reform, challenges from non-traditional players and market drivers and moving from storytelling to storymaking, among others. Attendees will also hear from our traditional panel of district superintendents as well as a panel of classroom teachers.It's a meeting you can't afford to miss. <p> This issue wraps up the last of the ISTE announcements that crossed my desk. ]]> Friday, July 08, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ednet-2016-program--platform-integration.html Google Expeditions, Amazon Inspire http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/google-expeditions--amazon-inspire.html I don't remember the last time I saw so many announcements come out of the annual ISTE conference. There were a lot of new companies and organizations represented and I've tried to cast as broad a net as possible, but know I've missed things. I've posted some things only to the web site - mostly things not related to new/updated products and services, so this would be a good week to just click through to the web site, where you will be able to see everything, along with a brief summary that should help you decide if you want to dive deeper. <BR> Both Google and Amazon got a lot of attention at ISTE this year. Google has been courting the school market for some time now, both with Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom. Amazon Inspire is Amazon's first formal focus on the school market. ]]> Friday, July 01, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/google-expeditions--amazon-inspire.html Making in the Spotlight http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/making-in-the-spotlight.html President Obama made use of his bully pulpit that past week to focus the nation's attention on the Maker Movement. The president has been promoting making since 2014, when he launched the Nation of Makers initiative to ensure more Americans of all ages and backgrounds have greater opportunities to design, build, and manufacture. The 2016 National Week of Making (June 17- 23) was marked by hundreds of events nationwide to celebrate making and innovation. And hundreds of organizations renewed or made new commitments to support making. ]]> Friday, June 24, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/making-in-the-spotlight.html FY 2017 Appropriations Move Forward http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-appropriations-move-forward.html Congress has been quietly working on FY 2017 appropriations bills. The budget process is likely to be much less dramatic this year, though it's not clear that all 12 bills will be passed by both houses of Congress before the new federal fiscal year starts on October 1, 2016. On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee, with bipartisan support, passed the bill that funds the Department of Education. Given the tight budget cap, FY 2017 appropriations levels are fairly close to those approved in FY 2016. One major disappointment for many observers was the $300 million funding level approved for ESSA's new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. ]]> Friday, June 17, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-appropriations-move-forward.html Technology Counts http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technology-counts.html This week, <i>Education Week</I> released <i>Technology Counts</I>, its annual look at the state of technology in American schools. It’s an interesting overview that draws on teacher survey results, profiles some teachers on the leading edge of technology integration and includes several solid analytic pieces that examine the challenges of moving toward more meaningful technology use. ]]> Friday, June 10, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technology-counts.html Ed Week Sunsets Diplomas Count http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ed-week-sunsets-diplomas-count.html <i>Education Week</i> released the tenth annual edition of "Diplomas Count" this week and announced that it was ending its annual spotlight coverage of graduation rates with this 2016 edition. When the first "Diplomas Count" was published back in 2006, there was no uniformity in the ways states reported graduation rate rates to the federal government. <i>Education Week</i> developed its own uniform measure - the Cumulative Promotion Index - which allowed it to calculate graduation rates for every school district in the country and report results for the nation as a whole. ]]> Friday, June 03, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/ed-week-sunsets-diplomas-count.html Research Resources http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/research-resources.html This week I want to share a few resources that some readers may find helpful. I continue to believe that research will be increasingly important as schools move begin to adapt to the increased flexibility - and responsibility - afforded by ESSA. It's a big job for a company to keep up with what's happening in the education research world, but there are some resources that can help. Two of my favorites, because they are compact, easy to read and help keep me up to date on approaches to effectiveness research, are newsletters from Empirical Education and SEG Measurement. ]]> Friday, May 27, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/research-resources.html SBIR Supports Ed Tech Developers http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/sbir-supports-ed-tech-developers.html The Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences' Small Business Innovation Research (ED/IES SBIR) program recently announced the award of 14 new contracts for FY 2016. The IES/SBIR program provides funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development of commercially viable education technology products designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education. The Department of Education's SBIR program has an annual budget of $7.5M. <br><br> There are some familiar names on this year's grantee list. Among the nine Phase I ($150,000, six-month contracts) grantees are EdSurge, Fablevision, Schell Games, and SpryFox. Teachley won a two-year $900,000 Phase II contract. ]]> Friday, May 20, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/sbir-supports-ed-tech-developers.html Speak UP! 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/speak-up--2016.html Project Tomorrow held its annual Congressional Briefing earlier this month and released "From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulation within K-12 education," which documents the key national finding from the Speak Up 2015 survey. For 13 years now, Speak UP has examined how students are using and would like to see digital tools used for learning. Additional data is gathered from teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and community members which sometimes provides interesting contrasts, not just to student views, but also among the various groups of adult survey respondents. ]]> Friday, May 13, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/speak-up--2016.html