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March 26, 2017

Next Week | 4 New Webinars for Educators

Another item from Friday’s inbox…

EdTech Digest 2017 TrendsetterMedia literacy, personalized learning, ELL, and more – next week’s webinars offer a wealth of topics for you to explore. Our webinars are a great way to connect with experts and colleagues for professional learning.
You can also browse and search a complete archive of more than 1,300 recorded webinars. Whether you attend live or watch a recording, you can earn a one-hour CE certificate for every webinar.
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Upcoming Free Webinars

Kelly Mendoza
News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kelly Mendoza, Director of Learning and Engagement, Common Sense Education

Kate Bean
Elevating the Educator’s Voice:
Personalized Learning for Teachers
Thursday, Mar. 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kate Bean, Executive Director, Aveson Charter Schools/Personalized Mastery Learning

Della Rodrigues
Building Blocks for the Success
of English Language Learners
Thursday, Mar. 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Della Rodrigues, Math Teacher, Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA

Steven W. Anderson
A Conversation on Improving School Culture
Thursday, Mar. 30 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; with Erin Olsen, Curriculum Director for Sioux Central Community School, IA; and Derek L. McCoy, Principal for West Rowan Middle School, NC

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Announcing Inside K12 – a new resource for informed educators.
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March 25, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 3/28: Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework

And from the neo-liberals…

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Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
2:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar to explore how course access programs can provide students with more access to advanced coursework and extended educational pathways.

Every student deserves access to the courses she or he needs for success in college and careers. However, too many students, and in particular those from traditionally underserved backgrounds, face significant inequities. According to the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Only 50% of U.S. high schools offer calculus and only 63% offer physics.
  • Black and Latino students make up 37% of high school students but only account for 18% of students passing an AP exam.
  • Amongst high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students, one quarter do not offer algebra II, and one third do not offer chemistry.

A promising solution is course access. Course access provides public school students with expanded course offerings across learning environments from diverse, accountable providers. It is a statewide program through which students can gain equitable access to a variety of courses in a programmatic effort to increase access, quality and equity in public education.

This webinar will share a national perspective on course access programs and policies, and highlight promising practices and lessons learned from the Louisiana Supplemental Course Academy and the Rhode Island Advanced Coursework Network. In addition, the presenters will discuss new opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which allows significant flexibility to states and districts to use federal funds “to improve student access to advanced courses and a well-rounded education.”

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “By offering students access to courses that might not otherwise be available in their schools, course access can help close the opportunity gap and increase access and equity to a quality public education.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework


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The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter

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[AECT] DDReads: Chat and Webinar


This may be of interest to some…

How do we design and develop learning instances for learners from diverse backgrounds? What challenges persist in addressing the digital divide? This inaugural session of #AECTDDREADS will explore potential directions for researchers and practitioners regarding issues of equity and diversity.

Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt | Associate Professor, University of Florida

Ritzhaupt, A., Liu, F., Dawson, K., & Barron, A. (2013). Differences in student information and communication technology literacy based on socio-economic status, ethnicity, and gender: evidence of a digital divide in Florida schools. Journal of Research on Technology, 45(4), 291-307

Dr. Andrew Tawfik | Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University

Tawfik, A.A., Reeves, T.D., & Stich, A. (2016). Intended and unintended consequences of educational technology on social inequality. TechTrends, 60(6): p. 598-605.
  Par t 1: Live Facebook Chat
  Monday | 3.27.17 | 8:00 PM EST |

Join us live for a guided Facebook chat session to share your perspectives and experiences related to equity and diversity in educational technology. We’ll also discuss the two focus articles for this event and kickstart conversation prior to the live webinar.

Par t 2: Webinar
  Wednesday | 3.29.17 | 3:00 PM EST |

During this free one-hour webinar, Drs. Albert Ritzhaupt and Andrew Tawfik will discuss their recent research and publications related to inequality in educational technology. To participate in this session, please register at

March 21, 2017

Webinar: 3/22 at 2pm EDT – Presence & Community in the Online Classroom

Note this webinar tomorrow.

Webinars, podcasts, and a call for proposals!
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This session will touch on four dimensions of a successful virtual community: the online persona and virtual classroom, the synchronous session, giving meaningful feedback and the encouragement of student engagement.

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Call for proposals!
The Journal of Online Learning Research is producing a special issue to showcase studies that are grounded in notions of diversity that go beyond general learner variability and offer true insight into how the diversity of these learners are conceptualized, identified, and served in online and blended learning environments. Details, including suggested topics, submission guidelines, and deadlines, are available online.
The latest installment in the Research Collaborative Seminar series, hosted by the Student Centered Learning Research Collaborative, features Paul Leather, New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner of Education, presenting on what works and what doesn’t work when implementing competency-based education at the system and classroom levels. The recording of the full presentation, titled “Encouraging and Sustaining Competency-Based Learning Environments: Lessons from New Hampshire“, is available online.
Newly available is MVLRI’s first post in a new series exploring the use of online learning for credit recovery in the state of Michigan. Throughout the course of this series, we’ll be talking to administrators of online credit recovery programs about their intended purposes and key outcomes, the benefits of having online credit recovery programs available for their students, the challenges and opportunities that schools have faced in implementing an online credit recovery program, and the key lessons learned. Each installment will feature a blog post accompanied by a podcast episode. The first episode and post feature Success Virtual Learning Centers.
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Moodle Hub Members Area: CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder of this event tomorrow.

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CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

by Daylene Lauman – Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 6:47 AM

Join Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte as they share updates from the latest State of the Nation Report. Alberta’s profile on the online and blended learning front in Canada is on an upward trend; input into the annual State of the Nation Report is critical in this regard.

This session will take place tomorrow, March 22nd at 11 am MST.

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

View the State of the Nation Report here:

CIDER: The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research




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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the March CIDER session. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour of Touro University Mare Island and Randy LaBonte of CANeLearn, presenting the annual State of the Nation for K-12 e-learning.

Title: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K-12 online and blended education in Canada.

Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations..

When: Wednesday, March 22, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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