Virtual School Meanderings

October 20, 2019

Shifting Mindsets, Equitable Pathways, Language Advantage

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October 4, 2019

[Special Report] Why Ed Tech Is Not Used And What to Do About It

This is an interesting perspective…

SPECIAL REPORT: WHY ED TECH IS NOT USED AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Report after report cites low usage rates for educational software, a problem driven largely by districts and schools not thinking through how an ed-tech product or service should be used before buying it. Complicating matters is the fact that there is no clear consensus on just what constitutes a “good” usage rate. Is it 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent? Making sure the right students are using the right product at the right time is also a big challenge.

This special report is the first in a series of three special reports for the 2019-20 school year that Education Week is producing for K-12 ed-tech leaders. The report offers expert advice on how to improve the use of educational technology, a case study on one company’s failed effort to help districts track ed-tech usage, actionable insights about breaking through the barriers to good educational technology use, and lessons learned on how to save money by making some tough decisions about the applications and programs educators use.

I say this is interesting because it makes the assumption that the use of educational software is good pedagogy, and places the blame on school districts (and to a lesser extent teachers) for not using this educational software.  Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that maybe the use of educational software is just bad pedagogy.  Of course it has nothing to do with districts’ concerns with the overuse of simply placing students in front of flickering screens – or of the privacy concerns that come with the amount of student data that many of these software packages keep on its users.  No, its because school districts and teachers haven’t been trained to use the software properly or that teachers are resistant to change.

Anyway, the full message I received read…

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View the Education Week special report, Why Ed Tech Is Not Used and What to Do About It online now.
Why Ed Tech Is Not Used and What to Do About It offers expert advice on how to improve the use of educational technology, and how to make sure the right students are using the right product at the right time. Subscribe so you can read the full report, and get complete access to all of Education Week.
Ed-Tech Usage Levels Are Low: What Should Schools Do?
Evaluating how much students and teachers are using ed-tech products and services is tricky, complicated, and oftentimes confusing. But it can be done.
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Austin CTO Kevin Schwartz Speaks: 5 Ed-Tech Problems and Solutions
The Austin tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.
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Case Study: Clever’s Troubled Effort to Help Schools Track Ed-Tech Use
The idea was to give educators and administrators a single place to look across multiple learning tools at two simple metrics: how much time did students spend using each program, and how much progress did they make?
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September 22, 2019

Advancing Literacy, Emerging Bilinguals, Digital Peer Learning

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September 15, 2019

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September 8, 2019

Effective Questioning, Digital Peer Learning, Educational Equity

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Effective Questioning Practices to Spur Thinking
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Digital Ecosystems Support Educational Equity
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Accelerate Student Writing Proficiency and Progress With Simple, Effective Feedback 
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Effective Social-Emotional Learning for the Next Generation of Leaders
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