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No One Technology

I like Ning, I like Moodle, I like computers... I don't think this should be a conversation about what application is better than another but about making sure the FCC is aware of all of them and how they benefit all learners. I'm a firm believer that a blended model is best...use the technology and application that fits the current learning task. One technology I think that is rarely mentioned and very powerful in ...more »

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Professional Development

Digital Natives and the Virtual Classroom.

There is a whole generation of digital natives going through graduate schools of education. Don't waste time trying to teach old dogs. Develop relationships with every good grad school in the country. Promote funding for thesis and dissertation research and application. There has been a revolution in what we know about how we know and how we accommodate and assimilate new information. Incorporate it with new technologies. ...more »

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Exemplars

Reframe our national broadband priorities

• What kinds of research and development are needed to make broadband use effective for learning? I would contend that we’re asking the wrong question. Rather it should be, “What kinds of research and development are needed to make emerging technology applications effective for learning?” Then, it follows that if broadband is needed to deliver the applications, then broadband should be provided. We (the U.S.) should ...more »

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XO-like network

It seems to me that the OLPC project is a proper exemplar for broadband access in the U.S. In the OLPC model, the students' laptops create an ad hoc network that extends the school's LMS and allows children to communicate with teachers and other students outside the classroom. Extended teacher contact is one of the hallmarks of an excellent education as is access to resources in the home. While the 'hardware digital ...more »

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Educators

International Classroom"NING"

We're falling behind, in part, because we don't know what's going on in the rest of the world. We're hindered by having only two international borders and less experience with other ways of thinking. We don't have an existential clue about how our educational system differs from, and lags behind, other nations. Real, person to person, experiences challenge our beliefs/hypotheses, make us ask questions, and cause us to ...more »

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Key Issues That Must be Addressed

There is lots of excitement for the promise of broadband. But this initiative will not move forward until key barriers are addressed. The first barrier is the overwhelming emphasis on standardized test scores - which stifles educational innovation. Massive amounts have been and could be written on this. The second major barrier should be more easily addressed. This is the concern about the management of the use of technologies ...more »

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Innovation

Future of Learning

There are some interesting ideas in this document:

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/Future_of_Learning.pdf

I wonder if anyone has input on them? The questions about:

* Authority in learning?

* Classroom vs virtual?

* Learning vs participating?

I would appreciate any feedback or comments on this and what it means to you in your classroom, school or other educational domain. Thanks - Steve

Educational Resources

Foster statewide collaboration among all educational stakeholders

The Utah Education Network is an excellent example of actual implementation of many of the suggestions already posted here. For example, Utah's two decade experience with the benefits of concurrent enrollment demonstrates that high school students can obtain college credit while they are enrolled in the public schools system. High school students can thereby enter college with an associates degree saving them and their ...more »

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All of America's youth deserve to play a part in the digital society

I work at Global Kids, a 20 year old youth development nonprofit that has helped tens of thousands of at-risk youth in New York City succeed scholastically, go on to college and become active civic leaders. From our perspective, all of America's young people -- whether poor or rich, Black or White, in urban centers or remote rural communities -- deserve a chance to meaningfully participate in our increasingly digital ...more »

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Innovation

Supercomputing and the future of technology

I attended the FCC meetings. I am concerned about the continuing digital divide, the technology divide and the academic divide. In particular, I do not see that the educators discussing the problem have much of an idea about Supercompting. I tis here. We who work with the research communities know that it is coming and we participate in the use of data mining, creating models and visualization and using programs such ...more »

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Public Edcuation

USA. What kind of education system do we need? Public elementary and secondary schools around the world were designed for the agrarian age. The six hour school day allowed time for the children to do daily farm chores and the 180 day school year allowed them to help plant and harvest crops. Such schedules meant that school facilities were created around the needs of the farm economy. With the industrial revolution schools ...more »

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If we build it, will they come?

Development of high-quality multimedia broadband online educational resources requires considerable investment. Will that investment pay off educationally if not financially? Our experience with U.S.A. Learns says it will. U.S.A. Learns is an innovative project that creates an online pathway to literacy, language proficiency, economic opportunity, citizenship, civil participation, and civic integration for those who ...more »

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Partner with the new National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies

As you formulate a National Broadband Plan, please consider a partnership with the new National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies in the plan. This National Center will be a 501(c)(3) Congressionally-originated nonprofit corporation reporting to Congress through the Department of Education. It is modeled on the National Science Foundation, and will support the development of advanced ...more »

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Formats and Standards

Universal Access for those with Disabilities

1. The broadband should be accessible to the assistive tech used by the International Alliance of Audio Information Services (IAAIS.org), the means of access for those who are blind or print-impaired.

2. All video content should be audio described for those who are blind, comparable to captioning for those who are deaf.

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You need a mash-up to get kids excited: Try stumbleupon + state standards + freerice.com

As another proposal implied, there's no one tool or technology that's the answer. Instead, let's consider using the open standards of the web and those things we already know are popular, for example: - the random "surprise" element of the browser add-on stumble-upon - the motivational, incentive-based reards system that comes with a site like freerice.com where kids can feed the world through their successful ...more »

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Uses for Broadband by a teacher

I am commenting by giving a typical unit I would do research on using the internet as a teacher. Unit on a Shakespeare play by a 6th and 7th grade teacher. 1. I would use the internet as a research tool, i.e. researching Shakespeare through sites like the Folger’s Library 2. I would order books of the text on-line and be able to not only compare prices but research which book is best for my age group. 3. I would find ...more »

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Reaching Diverse Communities and Broadening Engagement

Again, I have a concern about the people without broadband who are being challenged by their lack of digital competency. There is no even learning landscape for teachers in communities where the use of technology is blocked. The teachers have no idea what resources are available to them for no cost. The professional development has not happened and should not be only available at conferences that most teachers cannot ...more »

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Foster statewide technical collaboration among all educational stakeholders

The Utah Education Network's interactive video conferencing system handles up to 180 fully interactive classes per day. It is expected that usage of this technology in will more than double within just a few years. This interactive system was pioneered 31 years ago using analog microwave transmission of standard television signals. Today such conferencing is fully digital and flows across UEN's 10-gigabit backbone. More ...more »

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Academic Broadband

one tool that can bring system education to a higher level.Don't you think? Broadband that has and will continue on giving people new ideas, studies, reviews, etc. A tool that will never leave you behind. A tool that will lead us to the very latest technology. Tool that will lead us the way to success.. -based on academicbroadband.com What do you think?? I'd like to believe in this, since it is totally true. We truly ...more »

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Flexible Opportunities to Experience and Envision new models

Professional development opportunities for teachers should include some real-time experience for dialog (even F2F, if possible, or at least webcam so voices are not disembodied). They also need to include the convenience and personal flexibility of self-selection and asynchronous scheduling. TeachersFirst.com, a free, ad-free service of the non-profit The Source for Learning (www.sourceforlearning.org) has been conducting ...more »

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Let teachers innovate

By far the best use of broadband for education is to support teachers who innovate. Most can't - thus the innovation barrier surrounding schools and keeping innovative technology out, including enlightened use of broadband. Experiments in converting teachers into innovators have been extremely successful. One such program has thousands of teachers in it and they are clamoring for more technology so they can try their ...more »

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Innovation

Tim O'Reilly's ideas on Government as a platform

We at the FCC would welcome public discussion and advice on how to consider this article in regards to the Education broadband plan: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_tim_oreilly_aims_to_change_government.php What do you think Tim is talking about here? What would "government as a service" look like in the Education space? Consider varying "shades of grey" -- inside the classroom? Instruction without a classroom? ...more »

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Seeking a place at the table? Become the table.

Jim Lukaszewski is right. If you want bring people and technology together, become the table where they meet. But is it really possible to bring data communication professionals, higher education institutions, public school districts, telecom providers, state government, educators, students, parents, public broadcasters and libraries together in a meaningful way? A living example of this kind of statewide collaboration ...more »

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groupwork/network

maybe it's as simple as this... http://tinyurl.com/kwj9a9 - planning to try it out this fall.

reason: i know we're more together - but the kids don't. is it because we pick their groups for them and then change them every 2 weeks?

ongoing groups built from passion.

very anxious to watch it live in a public classroom. through broadband powered laptops.

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