EdTech Goal 1: Expand equitable access to technology, including sufficient bandwidth, 1:1 devices, and high-quality digital materials and experiences.
The Learning Accelerator published the Digital Equity Guide "to help school and system leaders have meaningful, actionable, and iterative conversations around digital equity to develop concrete plans of action." The guide is divided into four sections: getting started, digital equity in the classroom, essential conditions to support digital equity, and taking it forward and contains two editable companion tools to support users. Both the self-assessment tool and the reflection and planning companion workbook are customizable. "As technology and the internet continue to play an increasingly large role in education and society at large, how might we ensure that all students benefit from an education experience that meets all of their needs?" Use this guide to learn more.
Connect K-12 is a free tool that aggregates, analyzes, and visualizes E rate data. The FY2021 FCC e-rate Form 471 data shows that currently 57% of MA school districts are at the FCC recommended bandwidth goal of 1 Mbps/student.
EdTech Spotlight — Rural Internet Pilot
Cybersecurity: K12Six recently released the Second Annual State of K-12 Cybersecurity Report. Access the latest report as well as the report archives to review the K-12 cyber incidents, analysis, and trends. Read about the year in review for 2021 to explore the types of incidents reported. Review the section on Characteristics of Districts at Risk that looks further into the district composition for those more often targeted for cyber incidents. Finally, refresh your cyber security knowledge with the K12 SIX Essential Cybersecurity Protections.
Digital Promise — "When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they're creating." Read the whole article, How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools.
E-Rate — The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) program provides funding towards eligible services for schools and libraries. Public or private schools (K-12), libraries, and groups of schools and libraries (e.g., consortia, districts, systems) can apply for discounts on eligible services. Internet access, telecommunications services, and related equipment are eligible for discounts.
Assistive Technology — DESE's Assistive Technology and Accessibility site offers resources on assistive technology, providing accessible materials, audiobook services, and more.
Last Updated: March 24, 2022
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