There’s no great secret to being an effective advocate for technology in education, says Barbara Nemko, the longtime Napa County (California) Superintendent of Schools.
“You can’t be an advocate unless you’re passionate about it, too,” she said.
In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard when decisions directly impact their rights, lives and best interests.
When it comes to education, all advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what’s not available to…
“People at work are thirsting for context, yearning to know that what they do contributes to the larger whole.”
I’m certain that when Daniel Pink wrote this, he wasn’t thinking specifically of advocacy. Yet this quote helps answer the question as to why one would…
We know that students do not all learn the same way. Some need a great deal of repetition to learn new material while others can see it once and have it down. Some need absolute quiet to learn while others feel uncomfortable with too much stillness. One might prefer reading while another…
Advocacy, in education and elsewhere, involves working individually and as a group to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. But advocacy involves more than providing testimony to your local, state or federal elected officials to influence…
Just four years ago, the Rowan-Salisbury School System in Salisbury, North Carolina, put devices in the hands of 19,500 K-12 students. Learners in grades 3-12 brought the devices home every day. Almost immediately, an issue arose.
Despite every student having a…
Over the summer, a group of preteens attended a camp to learn how to communicate online. They explored computational thinking concepts, practiced using social media and developed their media literacy skills.
And they did it all without a lick of technology.
The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, our state’s educational technology lead, unanimously adopted the ISTE Standards for Students last year and the ISTE Standards for Educators last June, becoming the first state to do so in both cases.
We see the ISTE…
In the same month the new ISTE Standards for Educators were launched, the governor of Texas signed a bill requiring that preservice teachers be evaluated on their ability to teach in a digital environment,…