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Considering AT in the National Educational Technology and Broadband Plans


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Two major federal plans have far reaching implications for the provision and use of assistive technology in learning and independent living. The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) examines how technology is and could be used to support teaching and learning, assessment, productivity, and infrastructure. The FCC’s Broadband Plan recognizes the importance of affordable broadband and accessible media in general for people with disabilities. Both carry implications and areas of synergy for assistive technology development, promotion, and adoption. This session addresses how the assistive technology community can build upon these two initiatives by exploring their implications for assistive technology and discussing how to leverage plans in development and utilization work throughout the field.

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Considering AT in the National Educational Technology and Broadband Plans

  1. 1. Considering AT in The National Educational Technology Plan & The National Broadband Plan Cynthia Overton, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst [email_address] Pol-02 – Boca IV Thursday, January 27, 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background on NCTI </li></ul><ul><li>National Education Technology Plan & implications </li></ul><ul><li>The National Broadband Plan & implications </li></ul><ul><li>Power-Up What Works resource kits </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes technology innovation to support student learning, with an emphasis on students with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Operated by American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>What is NCTI? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Cultivate a collaborative network of AT researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote innovative products that reach the marketplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NCTI </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul>
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  6. 6. <ul><li>What is the National Education Technology Plan? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Daniel E. Atkins, University of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>John Bennett, Akron Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>John Seely Brown, Deloitte Center for the Edge </li></ul><ul><li>Aneesh Chopra, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Dede, Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>Barry Fishman, University of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Louis Gomez, University of Pittsburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Honey, New York Hall of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Maribeth Luftglass, Fairfax County Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Roy Pea, Stanford University </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Pellegrino, University of Illinois, Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>David Rose, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) </li></ul><ul><li>Candace Thille, Carnegie Mellon University </li></ul><ul><li>Brenda Williams, West Virginia Department of Education </li></ul>
  8. 8. The National Education Technology Plan <ul><li>Advocates for the application of technologies found in daily personal & professional settings to be used throughout education systems </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to improve student learning, accelerate & scale up adoption of effective practices, & use data & information for continuous improvement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Youth Technology Trends <ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Portable media devices </li></ul>
  10. 10. The National Education Technology Plan <ul><li>Presents five goals with recommendations centering around: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Learning <ul><li>NETP calls for: </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging & empowering learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Aligning what & how is taught to match what people need to know, how they learn, where and when they will learn, & who needs to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing state-of-the art technology into learning to enable, motivate all students regardless of disability </li></ul><ul><li>Providing personalized learning </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning <ul><li>Communicate with other students using technology for schoolwork: </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 65% of 9 th -12 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>51% of 6 th -8 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>12% of 3 rd -5 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with social media to for schoolwork: </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 50% of 9 th -12 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>34% of 6 th -8 th graders </li></ul>
  13. 13. Student are also using technology to… <ul><li>Play online games or simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor others and seek help </li></ul><ul><li>Take tests online </li></ul><ul><li>Complete writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Submit papers for plagiarism checks </li></ul><ul><li>Create slideshows, videos or web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Use online text books </li></ul><ul><li>Upload assignments to the school portal </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learning <ul><li>In what innovative ways is technology used by students for learning in your school? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for students with disabilities? More opportunities? More barriers? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Teaching <ul><li>Teaching and instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Data-driven decision making </li></ul><ul><li>PD & collaboration </li></ul>
  16. 16. Connected Teaching Model <ul><li>In a connected teaching model, educators are connected to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning data and tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowering content, resources, and systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students to support in & out of school learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team activity </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Assessment <ul><li>The NETP encourages technology-based assessments to: </li></ul><ul><li>Formatively diagnose & modify conditions of learning & instructional practices </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what students have learned for grading & accountability purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Create a system of interconnected feedback for students, educators, parents, school leaders, & district administrators </li></ul>
  18. 18. Assessments to Meet All Students’ Needs <ul><li>Offer adapted versions of test items </li></ul><ul><li>Requires constructive responses to real-world type test items </li></ul><ul><li>Aligns to standards and curriculum sequences in order to suggest instructional plans </li></ul>
  19. 19. Assessments <ul><li>How are you using technology-based assessments in your schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are they made accessible? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Productivity <ul><li>Measuring & managing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Using data in decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Reorganizing teaching & learning </li></ul><ul><li>Extending learning time </li></ul>
  21. 21. How are you using technology for productivity? <ul><li>Create lesson plans? </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic IEPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with colleagues? </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Infrastructure <ul><li>76% of schools have desktops </li></ul><ul><li>58% of schools have laptops on carts </li></ul><ul><li>78% of schools have some form of wireless network </li></ul><ul><li>39% of schools have a broadly accessible wireless network </li></ul>
  23. 23. Infrastructure in NETP <ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable models for continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Servers </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Management systems </li></ul><ul><li>Administration tools </li></ul>
  24. 24. Infrastructure <ul><li>66% of teachers use digital media tools </li></ul><ul><li>46% of teachers use digital resources </li></ul><ul><li>42% of teachers use games </li></ul>
  25. 25. The National Broadband Plan <ul><li>Developed by the FCC </li></ul><ul><li>Seeks to ensure that every American has access to an affordable national broadband network </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a detailed set of policy recommendations & strategies for how this goal would be reached </li></ul>
  26. 26. The National Broadband Plan Calls for… <ul><li>Mandating the application of existing federal telecommunications requirements to Internet-based technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Wider availability of video description </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible video programming devices and program menus </li></ul>
  27. 27. Power Up What Works Resources <ul><li>Developed by the Center for Technology Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>3 Implementation Resource Kits & an Implementation Practice Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes evidence-based practices supported by technology to improve learning outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities </li></ul>
  28. 28. Power-Up What Works Focus Group <ul><li>Friday from 11:45 am -1:00 pm at ATIA </li></ul><ul><li>School-based staff (teachers administrators, curriculum & IT specialists, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>4 slots available </li></ul>
  29. 29. Feel Free to Contact Me! <ul><li>Cynthia Overton </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(202) 403-5058 – office </li></ul><ul><li>(734) 717-1021 – cell </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>