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 Technologies Coming and Going http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technologies-coming-and-going.html <i>Campus Technology</i> has been releasing snapshots of the results from its 2017 second annual Teaching with Technology Survey. The snapshots focus on one aspect of the research reporting, for instance, on college faculty's <a href="https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/20/survey-blended-learning-on-the-rise.aspx?admgarea=News">use of blended learning</a href> or their take on the <a href-"https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/13/smartwatches-deemed-least-valuable-technology-in-the-classroom.aspx?admgarea=News">most valuable classroom technology tools</a href>. The one that caught my eye today reported on <a href="< https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/11/faculty-predict-virtual-augmented-mixed-reality-will-be-key-to-ed-tech-in-10-years.aspx">technologies that faculty think will be important in education over the next decade and those that will be less important</a herf>. ]]> Friday, October 13, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technologies-coming-and-going.html State of the Market Research http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/state-of-the-market-research.html Last week MDR published "School Trends: Principals' Perspectives on Instructional Initiatives and Purchasing Decisions," the final report in the 2017 State of the K-12 Market series. Previous reports examined the market from the perspective of classroom teachers and district-level administrators responsible for curriculum and instructional technology. This comprehensive approach allowed us to get a unique 360 view of specific aspects of the school market. While more power is devolving to the school level, more than 70% of principals say that decision making for curriculum and instructional materials purchasing is centralized in their district. Similarly, almost 70% of curriculum directors say that the district defines the curriculum and content used in classrooms. ]]> Friday, October 06, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/state-of-the-market-research.html STEM Priority for DoE http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/stem-priority-for-doe.html Earlier this week, President Trump directed a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/25/memorandum-secretary-education" target="_blank">memo</a href> to Secretary DeVos that encouraged the Department of Education to use $200 million from the Department's budget to fund grant programs to support "high-quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular. The memo also encouraged the Department to "prioritize helping districts recruit and train teachers capable of providing students with a rigorous education in STEM fields, focusing in particular on Computer Science. Noting the growing role of technology in driving the American economy, with many jobs increasingly requiring STEM and computer science skills, the President sees the initiative as supportive of one of his administration's key priorities—to better equip America's young people with the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to secure high paying, stable jobs throughout their careers. ]]> Friday, September 29, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/stem-priority-for-doe.html Arts in Education, House Passes FY 2018 Appropriations Bill http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/arts-in-education--house-passes-fy-2018-appropriations-bill.html Last week, the Education Commission of the States released <a href="https://www.ecs.org/beyond-the-core-advancing-student-success-through-the-arts/">"Beyond the Core: Advancing Student Success Through the Arts."</a href> The report details research that shows that arts education can have dramatic effects on critical 21st century skills, such as creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Further, while arts education supports success across student groups, disadvantaged and at-risk students often see even greater success through these programs. The arts also provide students with tools and practice in creatively making decisions and solving problems when no prescribed answers exist. ]]> Friday, September 15, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/arts-in-education--house-passes-fy-2018-appropriations-bill.html Senate Education Appropriation Approved http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/senate-education-appropriation-approved.html Well it appears we now have a three-month Continuing Resolution that will keep the federal government operating until mid-December. The legislation passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House is voting on the legislation today (Friday) and it is expected to pass largely on the strength of Democratic votes. The CR comes as part of the deal the President crafted along with leading Congressional Democrats to extend the debt ceiling as well as provide emergency funding for hurricane relief. ]]> Friday, September 08, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/senate-education-appropriation-approved.html 49th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/49th-annual-pdk-gallup-poll.html PDK released the results of its 49th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools this week. While polls of the public about topics like American education reflect public opinion at one point in time, it is true that this specific poll has a long history and can provide a lot of historical context, allowing readers to see how opinion has changed over time. It also explores public attitudes towards emerging trends in the K-12 arena. ]]> Friday, September 01, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/49th-annual-pdk-gallup-poll.html Curriculum as Reform http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/curriculum-as-reform.html I'm seeing a lot more discussion of curriculum as a key factor in improving student learning. Robert Pondiscio and Checkers Finn at Fordham, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris in the Reinventing Curriculum blog published in the <i>T.H.E Journal</i>, and of course E.D. Hirsch. A new policy spotlight from Chiefs for Change—Hiding in Plain Sight: Leveraging Curriculum to Improve Student Learning—is one of the latest to make the argument that high-quality standards matched with high-quality instructional materials, lead to strong student outcomes. ]]> Friday, August 25, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/curriculum-as-reform.html Education Next Poll, Interoperability http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/education-next-poll--interoperability.html <i>Education Next</i> released the 2017 Poll on School Reform, its 11th annual survey of a representative sample of the American public. The 2017 <i>Education Next</i> survey, conducted in May and June of this year, polled more than 4,200 respondents, including oversamples of parents and teachers. The web site includes an interactive tool that allows users to view answer trends over 11 years. This is an interesting poll. For some questions, the researchers divide respondents randomly into two (or more) groups and ask each group a slightly different version of the same question, allowing for a more nuanced view of public opinion. This year, for example, one group of respondents were told about President Trump's position on an issue while the other group was not, allowing the researchers to estimate the "Trump effect" on public thinking. ]]> Friday, August 18, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/education-next-poll--interoperability.html FCC Confirmations, Spending for College Course Materials http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fcc-confirmations--spending-for-college-course-materials.html The Federal Communications Commission is up to its full complement of commissioners at last. Before recessing for its summer break, the Senate confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr as two new commissioners. Chairman Ajit Pai, who needs to be reconfirmed before the end of the year, will have to wait until the fall for his vote. FCC commissioners are appointed by the president (three from his party and two from the opposition) and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. ]]> Friday, August 11, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fcc-confirmations--spending-for-college-course-materials.html Dynamic Learning Project, ESSA Evidence Regs http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/dynamic-learning-project--essa-evidence-regs.html Google just doesn't quit, with a new demonstration of its commitment to the education market, Google and Digital Promise have announced a new partnership—the Dynamic Learning Project—that will address the what the organizations describe as an emerging "second level digital divide" which is created by major differences in the ways teachers and students use technology. Some of you will have been around long enough to remember concerns in the initial movement of computers into classrooms. It was entirely too common to see poor students in low-performing schools doing a lot of drill and practice, while their better-off counterparts in high-performing schools were learning to use productivity tools and being set tasks that allowed them to use computers in more open-ended and creative ways. Today we would talk about using technology to support a hands-on, collaborative approach to learning—student-centered and focused on critical thinking, inquiry and research—as opposed to mere test prep or skill development. ]]> Friday, August 04, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/dynamic-learning-project--essa-evidence-regs.html WeAreTeachers, ETIN's Research Guidelines http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/weareteachers--etin-s-research-guidelines.html A shout out to my colleagues at WeAreTeachers, which was named a Top Five Social Media Influencer, based on a survey conducted by EdWeek Market Brief. WeAreTeachers is keeping company on the Top Five list with Amazon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Cengage Learning and K12 Inc. The WeAreTeachers community continues to grow, with over 1.7 million followers on Facebook and 200 million social impressions a month. WeAreTeachers celebrates educators with classroom ideas, "helpline" advice, inspiration and laughs every day. It's quirky and irreverent humor is a big hit with teachers, as are its grants and contests and free resources. ]]> Friday, July 28, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/weareteachers--etin-s-research-guidelines.html STEM's "Great Challenges" http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/stem-s--great-challenges-.html Last week 100Kin10 announced $28.175 million in pledges from 19 foundations and corporations, 7 of whom are new to the Funders' Collaborative. This round of pledges brings the total amount of dollars committed to support 100Kin10 partners' STEM teaching work to $103 million since 2012. 100Kin10 also launched an interactive map that illustrates how various challenges in STEM education are intricately interconnected. <p> This is the kind of announcement that the Obama administration would have celebrated with a White House gathering. President Obama focused a lot of attention on STEM. Unable to free up any federal funding, his administration took the approach of enlisting a wide range of private sector supporters who committed to a variety of activities to support the overarching goal of advancing STEM in education. That's where 100Kin10 comes in. ]]> Friday, July 21, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/stem-s--great-challenges-.html House Marks Up ED Budget http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/house-marks-up-ed-budget.html Congress is moving ahead on moving its Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills forward. While The House is making cuts to domestic spending levels, they are taking a much more moderate approach than the one proposed by the President in his FY 2018 budget request. The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its draft spending bill on Thursday. It appropriated $66 billion for the Department of Education, a reduction of $2.4 billion from FY 2017. Cuts are never easy to accept, though this is a better deal than the more than $9 billion the President wanted to cut. The bigger problem is that most of that $2.4 billion comes from the elimination of ESSA's Supporting Effective Instruction program (Title II) much of which is used by districts to fund teacher professional development. ]]> Friday, July 14, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/house-marks-up-ed-budget.html Industry Views of ESSA http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/industry-views-of-essa.html Last month I asked readers to share their views about the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) and their expectations about the legislation's impact on their businesses. It's time to share the results. In general, the jury is still out. Nearly half (44%) of responding companies are "not sure" if putting most policy and program implementation decisions in the hands of states, combined with light regulation on the part of the Department of Education will be good for business. There are still a lot of unknowns. While Secretary DeVos has rescinded a number of ESSA regulations put in place by the previous administration, there are no clear indications of what approach the Department will now take on a variety of issues. ]]> Friday, July 07, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/industry-views-of-essa.html Google, Microsoft and Platforms at ISTE 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/google--microsoft-and-platforms-at-iste-2017.html By all reports ISTE 2017 was big, busy, and buzzy. Lots of that buzz came from Google, who continues to enhance Google Classroom and expand its other education programs. At ISTE, the company announced Google Cast for Education, a free app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom and updated Quizzes on Google Forms to allow teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions. Teachers can also add review materials, like explanations, supplemental websites or review videos—and get instant feedback on student progress. ]]> Friday, June 30, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/google--microsoft-and-platforms-at-iste-2017.html Future Ready Librarians, School Finance Report http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/future-ready-librarians--school-finance-report.html The news from Future Ready Librarians (see the story in today's Feature News section) about the development of a micro-credential for librarians—"Empowering Students as Creators" got fairly wide coverage this week. I was surprised that a number of outlets positioned the story as a "reboot" for school libraries or a "New role" for school librarians. I read it more as a validation of the central role school librarians play in ensuring that their students are literate in every sense of the word. Librarians were on the front line of introducing technology to schools, setting up pods of PCs in the library, searching out learning software and productivity tools and supporting the early "computer literacy" efforts. Libraries quickly transformed into learning centers, places where students could get help with online research, borrow a digital camera, edit a video, learn to create a web page, work together on projects and still find a quiet corner to enjoy a favorite book. And libraries continue to evolve, today often hosting a maker space, supporting all kinds of project-based learning and helping teachers find resources that allow then to flip their classrooms. ]]> Friday, June 23, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/future-ready-librarians--school-finance-report.html Technology Counts 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technology-counts-2017.html Education Week released "Technology Counts" this week, its annual look at technology use in American schools. Once I got over the shock of realizing that this is the 20th edition of "Technology Counts" (and my own awareness that I've been doing this stuff for a lot longer), I was struck by two different trend lines in the report. One set of stories talks about the rapid evolution and improvement of various technology tools—like projectors and significant advances in numbers of computers purchased and mobile devices. Technology has made it easier to access the rich archival information, primary sources, and video holdings of major museums, libraries, research institutions, and scientific powerhouses like NASA AND NIH, making it possible to expand social studies and science classrooms well beyond local boundaries. Cloud-based productivity tools support collaborative writing and online course are expanding students access to a wealth of offerings. ]]> Friday, June 16, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/technology-counts-2017.html DeVos FY18 Budget Testimony http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/devos-fy18-budget-testimony.html Have you taken our ESSA survey? I'd really like to hear from a broad array of education industry players to help shape our plans for future MDR reporting and analysis of ESSA implementation. As you know, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is scheduled for full implementation starting this fall. We're really curious about what you're thinking. What parts of ESSA do you do want to know more about? What are your expectations about ESSA's impact on your school market business? What questions do you have and what are your major concerns? The eight question survey should take no more than five minutes. We're looking forward to hearing what you have to say. <P> Click <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RWQLXX" target="blank"><b>here</b></a href> to go to the MDR ESSA Survey. And thank you! ]]> Friday, June 09, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/devos-fy18-budget-testimony.html ESSA and Professional Learning http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/essa-and-professional-learning.html I've written a lot about the Every Student Succeeds Act this past year. We're about to go live this fall and I'm wondering what's on your mind as you look forward to this new era of school reform. I hope you're willing to share your thoughts. Scroll down to the <b>Market Insights</b> section below for more information and a link to a really short survey. <br> <P> I think it's terribly ironic that just as ESSA embedded a clear and research-based definition of professional learning, the federal funding that helps support that learning is threatened. While the president has proposed eliminating Title II funding in his FY 2018 budget request, I really believe it's more likely that Congress will make a more moderate cut accompanied by some program modifications. ]]> Friday, June 02, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/essa-and-professional-learning.html Official FY2018 Budget Proposal Released http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/official-fy2018-budget-proposal-released.html As anticipated, the Office of Management and Budget released the official budget request for FY 2018. And, as anticipated, the cuts to domestic program like education (-13%) and the EPA (-31%) are staggering. There are a few important things to remember at this stage of the budget process. Even in good years, an administration's budget proposal is just that—a proposal. President Obama's budget requests for education were largely ignored and President Bush fared only slightly better. The federal purse strings are firmly in the hands of Congress. Of course in the end, the President can veto an appropriations bill, but that's something of a nuclear option and we're a long way from that. Congress has a lot of work to do in order to get its twelve appropriations bills written and passed before the September 30 deadline. There are numerous trade-offs still to be made and bargains to be struck. ]]> Friday, May 26, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/official-fy2018-budget-proposal-released.html