Rusul Alrubail is a writer on education, teaching and learning, and a community facilitator and blogger at Edutopia. Thomas Murray is the State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC. EdSurge is a partner of the Future Ready Initiative , “a comprehensive effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Future Ready activities and resources offer districts the information they need to plan, implement, and connect with like-minded district leaders. Future Ready materials help ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students.”
In their December 10, 2015 post, Alruail and Murray offered a number of resources that can help district leaders and teachers kickstart conversations around the themes outlined in the new National Education Technology Plan and Future Ready District Pledge . The resources are organized in the following categories:
- Equity and Inclusivity
- Connectivity and Access
- Personalized Professional Learning
- Collaborative Leadership
- School Culture
On December 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and new Future Ready commitments to support personalized professional learning for district leaders and educators working to improve teaching and student learning through the effective use of technology. As educators, advocates, parents, and policymakers, we must work to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology and personalized professional learning opportunities for educators and district leaders. The 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.
The plan recognizes the role that informal learning spaces play in closing the digital use divide and achieving equity, including spaces such as libraries, maker spaces, museums, clubs, workplaces, adult education programs, national parks, and online learning environments such as games, simulations, and educational apps.
Announced on Nov. 17 by the Department of Labor, the TechHire Partnership Grants funding opportunity offers significant new money and approaches to education and training partnerships to train more adults for the IT industry, with an emphasis on young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 and those with barriers to employment. OCTAE stakeholders working with these populations are encouraged to learn more. Sign up to stay current with technical assistance and announcements on this opportunity.
You or someone you know could qualify for COABE's prestigious national-level awards .
State associations and large group members are encouraged to nominate state-wide winners for COABE awards. COABE members can nominate individuals for awards, however self-nominations will not be accepted. All members may apply for incentive grants or scholarships.
Applications are due by January 31, 2016. Winners will be notified by February 15, 2016 and honored at the COABE/TALAE National Conference 2016 in Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2016.
The WIOA Unified State Plan has been released for public comment. Appendix B covers Title II, Adult Education and Literacy Programs. Please take the time to read it and add your voice to the conversation. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2016. This is a major undertaking by the state to unify multiple programs and to move California forward with a single voice. It will affect everyone that receives funds from any of the participating programs in the unified plan. It creates opportunities to work more closely with other agencies to meet the goals and objectives of WIOA.
On November 18, 2015 The Education Superhighway announced the release of their first annual 2015 State of the States report on Internet connectivity in America’s K-12 public schools. According to Evan Marwell, “the report shows, in the last two years tremendous progress has been made, an additional 20 million students have been connected. Moreover, 38 governors across the country have stepped up and committed to finishing the job of connecting the 21 million students who still don’t have the speeds they need.”
The Education Superhighway identified three main actions governors and state leaders must take to finish the job:
- Provide every school with access to fiber. States can leverage the $1 billion of federal funding available over the next three years through the FCC to provide every school across the U.S. with access to fiber. To meet federal connectivity goals, 92 percent of schools will need a fiber optic connection.
- Make bandwidth affordable. A continued focus on affordability, with a goal of lowering the cost of Internet access to $3 per Mbps, can enable another 12 million students across the country to utilize technology in the classroom.
- Provide every classroom with robust Wi-Fi. With over $3 billion of FCC funding for Wi-Fi connections available over the next four years, every school district should be able to upgrade its Wi-Fi to enable one-to-one digital learning in its classrooms.
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OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training
Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students (Updated!)
January 20, 2016 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Orienting Students to Online Learning
January 21, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Discussion
January 22, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Online Curriculum Series, Part 2
January 26, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creating Open Educational Resources
February 02, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Moodle v2: Using Badges to Celebrate Achievement
February 04, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Easy to Make Quizzes for Web Sites and Blogs
February 05, – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle
February 10, 2016 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Educational Technology Sharing through Alumni Online Meetings
February 12, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2
January 22, 2016 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Alameda Adult School
Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2
January 29, 2016 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Pasadena City College - Community Education Center
Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
February 19, 2016 – 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Grossmont Adult School
March 11-12, 2016
Fresno Adult School
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