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Inclusive Technology During the COVID-19 Crisis

Selecting and purchasing education technology (ed tech) products that are accessible to students with disabilities requires engaging a variety of stakeholders throughout the five-phase process described in our original guidance on procurement (June 2019).

During the rapid transition to distance learning in response to COVID-19, decisions were made quickly to keep staff and students safe and healthy, educate students remotely, and finish the school year amid the crisis. As planning for the next school year begins, leaders and educators can use this opportunity to make more strategic decisions about ed tech that are inclusive and designed to benefit all learners, including those with disabilities.

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State Broadband Initiatives: Selected State and Local Approaches to Address the Digital Divide

The Congressional Research Service issued the following report highlighting models of state broadband leadership and solutions to inform plans around efficiently delivering broadband to all areas, especially under-served regions:

State Broadband Initiatives: Selected State and Local Approaches as Potential Models for Federal Initiatives to Address the Digital Divide

The report is a close cousin to SETDA’s various iterations of The Broadband Imperative and highlights the great work of many of our SETDA members. We may want to lean on its content to shine a light on our own best-practices programs and argue for CARES Act and other funding sources to expand broadband in our states and regions.

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Tech For Learners

Tech for Learners is a project by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and their partner organizations to support to those involved in education at all levels and from all communities as they scale up capabilities for online learning.

Northshore Learns: Classroom to Cloud (WA)

Northshore’s educators are considering ways to revise their approach to teaching and learning. Trying on new or different practices that involve online learning tools is one aspect of this work. Teaching students about and encouraging them to utilize the 21st Century skills related to digital learning, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration invites creativity and contributes to their overall success as a citizen of our community.

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