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 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 CTE Reauthorization http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/cte-reauthorization.html Despite all the drama in Washington, Congress actually continued to work on real issues. On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed its Perkins reauthorization bill, H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The markup process proceeded smoothly and only a few changes were made to the introduced version of the bill through amendments. The bill was approved by unanimous voice vote. It's now up to the Senate and there is no set timeline in place for any Senate action. ]]> Friday, May 19, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/cte-reauthorization.html Speak Up 2016 Results http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/speak-up-2016-results.html Project Tomorrow has been releasing elements of its Speak Up 2016 data at various industry meetings over the past six week, leading up to the Congressional Briefings in Washington D.C. Speak Up has been collecting data about the role of technology for learning since 2003. More than 514.000 surveys were completed during the 2016 data collection (October 2016 to January 2017), from more than 435,000 students, 38,000 teachers, 4,500 administrators, nearly 30,000 parents, and 5,800 community members. ]]> Friday, May 12, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/speak-up-2016-results.html FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-omnibus-appropriations-bill.html Both the House of Representatives (by a 309-118 vote) and the Senate (by 79-18) have passed the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which funds the government through the end of FY 2017 (September 30, 2017). The President is expected to sign the bill, though he certainly did not get everything he wanted. The Trump administration had asked Congress to cut 2017 discretionary spending by $18 billion, in order to offset the increases he wanted for defense and security. ]]> Friday, May 05, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/fy-2017-omnibus-appropriations-bill.html Executive Order on Education http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/executive-order-on-education.html President Trump signed an Executive Order on education this week. It doesn't break any new policy ground. Instead it is a pointed restatement of the President's belief that the states are the ultimate arbiters of education policy with the federal government too often interfering with the state's ability to exert its rightful control. The Executive Order directs Secretary DeVos to review all Department of Education regulations and guidance documents and determine whether they comply with Federal laws that prohibit the Department from exercising any direction, supervision, or control over areas subject to State and local control - specifically curriculum, program of instruction, school administration and personnel; and the selection and content of library resources, textbooks, and instructional materials. The Secretary is to publish any proposed regulations and withdraw or modify any guidance documents no later than 300 days after the date of the Executive Order. ]]> Friday, April 28, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/executive-order-on-education.html Annual Assessments http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/annual-assessments.html The statewide assessment season is once more in full swing as schools approach the end of the school year. Overall, the 2016-17 state assessment picture was relatively stable. Education Week reported that 21 states, the same number as 2015-16, planned to administer either the PARCC or SBAC assessments, with the remaining states using some combination of custom, state-designed or combination test. ]]> Friday, April 21, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/annual-assessments.html Principal Autonomy in FL http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/principal-autonomy-in-fl.html <i>ASCD Smart Brief</i> picked up a story from the <i>SunSentinel</i> that reports on the Principal Autonomy Program, a new Florida initiative that allows school principals the freedom to make decision for their schools without regard for many of the existing policies and regulations in areas such as textbooks, curriculum and staffing. Last year the Florida legislature passed a bill that exempts participating districts from the state's K-20 Education Code and State Board of Education rules. The program is only open to Broward, Duval, Jefferson, Madison, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Seminole Counties. If districts decide to participate, they can select up to three of their low-performing schools for inclusion in the pilot program. ]]> Friday, April 14, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/principal-autonomy-in-fl.html Thoughts from CoSN, Redefining Ready! http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/thoughts-from-cosn--redefining-ready-.html I was so happy to be able to spend a day at the CoSN Conference this week. CoSN attracts an audience that leans heavily towards CTOs and Instructional Technology Directors, but a number of districts bring teams that might include the superintendent, a curriculum person or a business manager. This year's theme was "Invent the Future" and while many sessions addressed forward-looking strategies and emerging technologies like AR and VR, some old themes surfaced as well. Some of these older topics may always be with us (at least for the next several years), including concerns around student privacy and data security, digital equity and more technical topics such as interoperability and network infrastructure. ]]> Friday, April 07, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/from-the-editor/thoughts-from-cosn--redefining-ready-.html