Saturday, May 5, 2018

THE NMC/COSN HORIZON REPORT: 2017 K–12 Edition at a Glance

THE NMC/COSN HORIZON REPORT: 

2017 K–12 Edition at a Glance


THE REPORT IS ORGANIZED IN THREE MAJOR SECTIONS, AND IN EACH SECTION THERE ARE SIX SETS OF KEY FINDINGS:

Key Trends Accelerating K–12 Tech Adoption 

• Long-Term Trends: Five or More Years
  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Deeper Learning Approaches 
• Mid-Term Trends: Three to Five Years
  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning 
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces 
• Short Term Trends: The Next One to Two Years
  • Coding as a Literacy 
  • Rise of STEAM Learning 
Significant Challenges Impeding K–12 Tech Adoption  

• Solvable Challenges: Those We Both Understand and Know How to Solve
  • Authentic Learning Experiences 
  • Improving Digital Literacy 
• Difficult Challenges: Those We Understand, but Solutions Are Elusive
  • Rethinking the Roles of Teachers 
  • Teaching Computational Thinking 
• Wicked Challenges: Those That Are Complex to Even Define, Much Less Address
  • Achievement Gap 
  • Sustaining Innovation through Leadership Changes 
Important Developments in Educational Technology for K–12 Education

•Time-to-Adoption of One Year or Less
  • Maker spaces
  • Robotics 
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• Time-to-Adoption of Two to Three Years
  • Analytics Technologies 
  • Virtual Reality 
• Time-to-Adoption of Four to Five Years
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Internet of Things

Full Horizon Report
https://cdn.nmc.org/media/2017-nmc-cosn-horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Google is trying to encourage diversity in the games that are available by pointing out that while 65% of women play mobile games, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women

Google is trying to encourage diversity in the games that are available by pointing out that while 65% of women play mobile games, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women.

So they have created this challenge to encourage students of all kinds to come up with game ideas and submit them. The students do not have to know how to code, they just need to be able to come up with a compelling game idea. This is an opportunity for any creative person.

Attached is a copy of an information letter you may share. Follow this link to the site, which includes a neat little "game" that will inform the player on many of the issues surrounding gaming and diversity.

The winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $15,00 for their school and the top five will get a trip to the Electronic Entertainment Expo and an opportunity to showcase their game design, receive mentor-ship from leaders in the industry, and join a celebration of women in gaming.

Please help me get the word out on this exciting opportunity by sharing it with other educators.

Link to full details on this program
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XnfeGCf_rY1RuzSpvlSJrDqcF5nvVeco/view?usp=sharing


Release of overdue federal report on ‘homework gap’ validates stakeholder concerns


Release of overdue federal report on ‘homework gap’ validates stakeholder concerns

The Institute of Education Sciences' report shows a "huge gap" in broadband access among children, and it breaks down the data across demographic groups.

https://edscoop.com/ies-homework-gap-report-digital-equity

New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide

Deeper learning environments give students more responsibility for their own learning.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide
By Chip Slaven

A long-awaited report on access to digital learning hit the newsstands last week with a familiar headline: a digital divide, known as the homework gap in education circles, persists, especially for students of color, students from low-income families, and students in rural areas.

Full article on Digital Divide:
https://all4ed.org/new-report-on-student-internet-access-at-home-shows-persisting-digital-divide/

 

 

 

 

Jamboard from Google a new way to collaborate across the world.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Michigan is starting a new CoSN Chapter.

Michigan is starting a new CoSN Chapter.

This is an exciting time for Michigan. They will be the 28th state chapter.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Closing the "Homework Gap" panel discustion.

Bridging The Digital Divide: Lance Lucas at TEDxBaltimore

If You’ve Never Heard of the ‘Homework Gap’ This Video Will Shock You

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: National Digital Inclusion Day Message

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: National Digital Inclusion Day Message

The home work is growing as students don't have access out side of school. Teachers are assigning home work that needs access to this resource. Internet is no longer a nice to have but has become a necessity as running water and other services.

Michigan starts a CoSN Chapter to help build future Technology Leadership.

Michigan starts a CoSN Chapter to help build future Technology Leadership.

 CoSN Builds State Work—Utah and Michigan Named New Chapters
Washington, DC (January 30, 2018) – CoSN today announced the launch of two new
state chapters, Utah and Michigan.
Led by the Utah Technology Coordinator Council and the Michigan Chief Technology Officers
(CTO) Council, the state chapters expand CoSN’s education technology advocacy and
service to school technology leaders in communities nationwide. Utah and Michigan increase
CoSN’s state chapter reach to 29 across America.

“The positive impact of our work is made possible through the close
partnerships we forge on the local level. CoSN warmly welcomes Utah and
Michigan as our newest chapters, and we look forward to working closely
with them to advance modern learning environments,” said Irene Spero,
Chief Strategy Officer, CoSN.
About the Utah State Chapter
The Utah Technology Coordinator Council is an organization of K-12 education technology
leaders representing every district and charter school in the state. The chapter will advocate
for the development of education technology leaders in Utah; lead ongoing professional
development opportunities; help ensure that education technology supports teaching and
learning; as well as learn from a broader community of leaders represented by CoSN.

“We appreciate the opportunity to have worked with CoSN over these last
few years, from professional development programs to peer-to-peer events.
We stand ready to expand our relationship in the months ahead,” said Rick
Gaisford, Education Technology Specialist, Utah State Board of Education.
About the Michigan State Chapter
The Michigan CTO Council is a premier organization for educational Chief Technology
Officers serving Michigan schools. This chapter will work with CoSN to build the
leadership capacity and skills of current and aspiring education technology leaders
throughout the state.

“The Michigan CTO Council values the long-standing work of CoSN and its
members across the United States. We are excited to now join in and

contribute to CoSN’s meaningful efforts and expand Ed Tech leadership
opportunities across the state of Michigan,” said Dr. Beverly Knox-Pipes,
Secretary, Michigan CTO Council.
Learn more about CoSN’s state chapters at: cosn.org/about/state-chapters.
About CoSN
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for
school system technology leaders. For 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders with the
management, community building and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN
represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a
powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. Visit CoSN.org to find out more about
CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership, and
the CETL certification exam.

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