Industry News

When Adopting Ed Tech Tools, Keep Accessibility a Top Priority

June 12, 2019

By: Lauren Barack
Source: Education Dive Diane Brauner, manager of the Paths to Technology website at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, is excited about new educational apps designed for visually impaired students, such as braille displays that work with touchscreens to support reading and writing skills, she wrote recently in eSchoolNews. Other tools also take advantage […]

Teacher Attrition Demands New Approaches to Leadership, Preparation

June 12, 2019

By: Naaz Modan
Source: Education Dive As U.S. academic achievement lags behind competitor nations, school districts face a number of challenges — and quality teacher recruitment and retention remains among top concerns. A 2018 Gallup poll found more than half of superintendents (61%) chose teacher retention as the greatest struggle from a list of challenges facing school districts. This […]

Principal Goes Extra Mile For Student With Special Needs

June 11, 2019

By: Heidi Stevens
Source: Disability Scoop Thursday was the last day of school at Beye Elementary, and 6-year-old Matias Best didn’t want to go. Matias is on the autism spectrum, and transitions can be a challenge. Transitioning from the school year to summer break felt a little daunting that day, and so, he declared, he […]

3 Million US Students Don’t Have Home Internet

June 10, 2019

By: Michael Melia, Jeff Amy and Larry Fenn
Source: AP With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. […]

Research Shows Lower Test Scores for Fourth Graders Who Use Tablets in Schools

June 10, 2019

By: Jill Barshay
Source: The Hechinger Report Amounting body of evidence indicates that technology in schools isn’t boosting student achievement as its proponents had hoped it would. The latest research comes from the Reboot Foundation, which released a study in June 2019 that shows a negative connection between a nation’s performance on international assessments and 15-year-olds’ self-reported […]

Is School Surveillance Going Too Far? Privacy Leaders Urge a Slow Down

June 10, 2019

By: Emily Tate
Source: EdSurge To surveil or not to surveil? That is the question U.S. schools are grappling with as they face mounting pressure to better protect students against the gamut of growing safety concerns, from school shootings to bullying and self-harm. Increasingly, many schools and states are deciding that the answer is to surveil—through social […]

With Muppet On The Spectrum, ‘Sesame Street’ Makes Impact

June 10, 2019

By: Shaun Heasley
Source: Disability Scoop Nearly four years after “Sesame Street” introduced a muppet with autism, new research suggests that the show’s materials focused on the developmental disorder are making a difference. A collection of online materials from Sesame Workshop has helped increase knowledge and acceptance of those who are on the spectrum, according […]

The High Cost of Undercounting

June 7, 2019

By: Lauren Camera
Source: US News The Supreme Court is set to decide this month whether the forthcoming 2020 decennial census will ask respondents if they are U.S. citizens. The Trump administration wants the so-called citizenship question included in the survey, White House officials have said, in order to better enforce the Voting Rights Act of […]

Ed Tech for Students in Special Education: What K-12 Leaders, Vendors Need to Know

June 6, 2019

By: Alyson Klein
Source: Education Week Schools spend more than $3 billion a year on digital content. So how can they make sure that their investment is paying off for all learners, including students in special education, who make up about 13 percent of the public-school population? The National Center for Learning Disabilities is out […]

Teachers Need More Preparation to Work in Inclusive Classrooms

June 6, 2019

By: Amelia Harper
Source: Education Dive Only 17% of general education teachers feel “very well prepared” to teach children with mild to moderate learning disabilities, and only 30% “feel strongly” about their preparedness to teach them, according to a recent report released by Understood and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. More than 60% feel they are […]