Educators have an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how their technology initiatives reach all learners, including those with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. How should they approach this opportunity? What is most important to consider? This edition of The 10 Series answers those questions and more.
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1 Jan 2018
Technology offers tremendous promise for student learning and has ignited the imagination of those who are interested in bringing about revolutionary gains in the achievement of all students. Yet the use of technology in education also raises a whole host of challenges, including those related to cost-effectiveness, teacher professional development, assessment, equity, and safety. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants in ESSA emphasize improvements in the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students through activities such as blended learning projects.
2 Aug 2016
AIR's Ed Tech Download podcast series explores why research is a critical part of technology development, and what developers should be aware of as they begin using research to evaluate and improve their products. These three episodes explore the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan, which shares new technology advances and research on how technology and digital resources can enhance teaching and learning.
10 Dec 2015
In this blog post, AIR Managing Director Tracy Gray explains how the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP16) shows how far schools and out-of-school programs have come and offers resources and recommendations to encourage educators to reimagine how technology can enhance learning.
29 Nov 2015
On the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2015, AIR experts reflected on an era of research on the classroom and the workplace, their personal stories, and the future.
30 Apr 2015
Effective education technology is more than just dropping off the right equipment. In this blog post, Tracy Gray talks about the importance of leadership, infrastructure, and training in using technology in the classroom to transform student learning.
The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) provides vital data on how many adults possess skills and cognitive abilities in numeracy and technology. But policymakers, educators, industry leaders, and others want to know the impact having those competencies has on types of employment, pay, work tasks, job satisfaction, and more. Analyses found that large portions of the population had relatively low skills in terms of numeracy and also solving problems in a technological environment.
1 Oct 2014
Technology has enormous potential to transform the way teachers teach and students learn. In this video interview, Tracy Gray, an AIR expert on education technology, explains how to effectively use technology to engage students in their own learning.
STEM degree production in the U.S. is not keeping pace with the demand for STEM talent. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are underrepresented in the STEM disciplines—the largest untapped STEM talent pools in the United States.
13 Mar 2014
A recent ACT report offers new perspectives on the achievement gap between White and Asian students and their African-American, Hispanic, and Native American peers. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum discusses how to address the fact that the academic achievement gap that exists in general for ethnically diverse students is even more pronounced among those interested in the STEM fields, and the importance of having a science identity.