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 »
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 »
There are some interesting ideas in this document:
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
• 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 »