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Publication February 201812 pages(18T01)
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10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that policymakers address 10 ed tech issues now. Critical to both K-12 and higher education, the issues are data systems, data privacy, predictive analytics, bandwidth, emerging technologies, new learning models, student digital literacy, technology security, digital accessibility and policy.

This publication presents overviews of each topic, why it is important, and the consequences if states do not make adequate progress on them. 

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Publication February 201812 pages(19T02)

Emerging Technologies and New Learning Models That Engage Students

Digital disruption in education requires schools, colleges and agencies to rethink many policies and practices. This brief describes issues related to emerging education technologies and new learning models and covers personalized learning programs in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. The paper recommends that policymakers balance decisions about emerging technologies that hold promise to transform education and student engagement with oversight, accountability and security.

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Publication 20172 pages

Ten Issues in Educational Technology

This flyer outlines 10 education technology issues that policymakers in SREB states should address now. Without adequate progress on these issues, states may fall short of their educational improvement goals, and their key policy initiatives may fail.

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Publication February 20181 page

Data Systems
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states link statewide data systems and adopt common data definitions across state K-20 education data systems. This printable one-page document covers data systems, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Data Privacy
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states protect the sensitivity of student data in education data systems while enabling its use to inform education policy and practice. This printable one-page document covers data privacy, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Predictive Analytics
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states incorporate data in decision-making and predictive modeling for better student outcomes. This printable one-page document covers predictive analytics, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Bandwith
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states expand reliable, affordable bandwidth so students and educators can benefit from technology. This printable one-page document covers bandwidth, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Emerging Technologies
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states factor the relevance of emerging technologies into strategic decision-making and foster professional development on them for educators. This printable one-page document covers emerging technologies, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

New Learning Models
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states use technology to help create personalized, competency-based learning environments that allow students to demonstrate mastery of content at their own pace. This printable one-page document covers new learning models, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Student Digital Literacy
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states ensure students have the skills they need for success in a digital world. This printable one-page document covers student digital literacy, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Technology Security
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states provide adequate resources to protect information and systems while keeping them available for learning and the business of education. This printable one-page document covers technology security, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Digital Accessibility
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states promote awareness, training and best practices to make e-learning more accessible to students with disabilities. This printable one-page document covers digital accessibility, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication February 20181 page

Policy
10 Issues in Educational Technology

SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative recommends that states maintain regular state-level review of technology-related legislation and policies on education standards, access and infrastructure. This printable one-page document covers policy, one of ETC’s 10 Issues in Educational Technology, to help policymakers consider its importance in decisions about K-12 and postsecondary education.

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Publication March 201714 pages

Expanding Accessibility to Digital Spaces Through Improved Policy and Practice

Making online content accessible for students with disabilities is not easy, but it is the law. As deficiencies have resulted in lawsuits and costly resolutions, more-specific legislation has emphasized that all students need greater access to digital resources. This policy brief reviews the legal landscape and offers recommendations for how states, state agencies, colleges and schools can comply with federal and state disability laws.

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Publication August 20166 pages(16T02)

Data Privacy and Security
Policy Brief, 10 Issues in Educational Technology

Educators and policymakers often struggle to balance keeping data private and secure with making educational technology available for innovations in teaching and learning. This policy brief reviews recent legislation related to data privacy and security and reports on security breaches at various organizations. It also provides policy recommendations that incorporate best practices in technology, transparent data governance and security risk mitigation, while maintaining accessible and functional systems. 

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Publication February 201620 pages

Direct From the Inside: KCTCS Direct2Degree Program

This document reports on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s 2013 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant to focus on breakthrough models for enhancing college completion. The KCTCS Direct2Degree program targeted low-income students in rural areas. 

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Publication February 201320 pages(13T01)

Trends in State-Run Virtual Schools in the SREB Region

This report describes five trends that have emerged in state-run virtual schools in the SREB region in the past three years. SREB states have been leaders in establishing state-run virtual schools and now are taking the lead in ensuring that all students have access to online learning, that students experience online learning before graduating from high school, that course providers provide quality instruction, and that sufficient and stable funding is available.

Publication 201316 pages(13T02W)

Confessions of the NOTYs: How Technology Helps Teachers Succeed

Winners and finalists of the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers of the Year award share ways to integrate technology into the classroom to engage students. Benefits include connecting with each student as an individual; differentiating instruction; and increasing access to courses. The teachers say teacher preparation programs should introduce online strategies and that states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality courses.

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Publication April 201212 pages(12T01)

Increasing Online Learning Options for K-12 Students: The Role of School Districts

Projections from the results of a 2011 survey conducted by SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative suggest that as many as three-quarters of all public school districts in the 16 SREB states will offer online learning options by 2015. This report outlines the survey results, including the types of online learning options offered, and looks at the potential implications for SREB states and districts in the future.