Digital Equity

The Courage to Be New: Thinking about the Future of Education Forecasts, Imagination and Reflection

“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.”

William Gibson
    Novelist

No one can predict the future. We can only toggle between forecasts, imagination, and reflection as these three streams feed the ebb and flow of waves until the tide of the future rushes in.

CoSN Issues Statement on White House Criticism of Distance Learning

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on the recent criticism of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by Trump Administration senior officials:
 
“During this COVID-19 emergency, distance learning saved school districts from having to cancel instruction altogether.
 

CoSN and SETDA Support Latest Action on the Hill to Close the ‘Homework Gap’ During the COVID-19 Crisis

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger and SETDA Executive Director Candice Dodson today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives and the possibility of a similar bill in the U.S. Senate:
 
 
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CoSN Welcomes COVID-19 Stimulus Package’s E-Learning Down Payment

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement in support of the Education Stabilization Fund provision of the U.S. COVID-19 stimulus package released by Congress:
 
 
“CoSN applauds Congress for recognizing the need to provide general emergency assistance to school districts across the country, as they work to ensure health and safety, while also supporting teaching and learning, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The K-12 Emergency Fund’s allowable investment in online learning is a helpful first step.

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and MindRocket Media Group Launch New Podcast Series to Support K-12 EdTech Leaders in the Digital Age

CoSN and MindRocket Media Group today launched The CoSN Podcast, designed to digitally support K-12 school district technology leaders with timely insights from recognized experts in the field. The first episode is available now on all major platforms and features an interview with Beth Holland, CoSN Project Director — Digital Equity and Rural Initiatives.
 

Digital Equity: You Can't Improve What You Don't Measure!

In Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better, the authors assert that it is not possible to make improvements at scale without first measuring the outcomes of smaller changes. In other words, without embedded measures in programs, it is not possible to intervene, anticipate, or understand if a change ultimately leads to systemic improvement.

Adventures In Accessibility

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a 90-minute workshop on Digital Equity at the CAST's Annual Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Symposium. In preparation for the event, CAST held a presenter’s webinar to explain how to ensure that our presentations would be accessible to ALL participants. In addition to reviewing the UDL Guidelines for Expert Learners, CAST explained the myriad considerations for accessibility.

Five Opportunities to Tackle Digital Equity at the Start of the School Year!

When the Beaverton, Oregon School District first rolled out their 1-to-1 program in 2014, they did not realize that the technology could inadvertently disadvantage some of their most vulnerable students. Unaware that all students did not have equitable Internet access at home, teachers became frustrated with missing assignments and lack of collaboration. However, beginning with the diligent work of the Digital Equity Brown Bag Lunch Group, the district implemented a number of programs to bridge the emerging homework gap.

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