Do-It is a website through the University of Washinton that provides links to technology involving special education. While it isn’t pretty to look at and it discusses Universal Design in Education (often unclear) there are topics and ideas related to assistive technology that may be worth exploring.
Gary S. Stager is an education technology consultant and presenter for teachers and administrators, and his website discusses the use of laptops and he provides workshops pertaining to software development, online learning, and planning.
iNACOL is a nonprofit association advocating online education. I worry this group would like nothing better than to see the end of all brick and mortar schools for every student totally online. But it is important to understand what is happening in the world of online education. The website includes a number of reports/research, and professional development and networking opportunities.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) While many problems exist with the current push for technology involving learning, it is important to pay attention to organizations that provide information about technology. The I’STE presents corporate policy positions involving the global/digital world.
NOVA is a great PBS program, but don’t overlook their website which is loaded with information. They provide STEM resources and you can catch up on programs you may have missed. Here are the topics:
- Ancient Worlds
- Body +Brain
- Military + Espionage
- Physics +Math
- Planet Earth
- Space +Flight
- Tech + Engineering
Technology and Media division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children works to assist students with disabilities through technology. The topics are relevant to tech use in today’s classrooms.
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is a group that may provide your school with connection help. They provide “discounts on telecom, Internet access, and internet connections to eligible schools and libraries.”
“Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation.” by Gene V. Glass and Kevin G. Welner. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. October 2011.
“Knowledge Universe and Virtual Schools:Educational Breakthrough or Digital Raid on the Public Treasury. by Gerald Bracey. George Mason University. Through the Educational Policy Research Unit (EPRU). Arizona State University. April 2004.
Our Children @ Risk. EdTech Position Paper by Parents Across America. There is much background and documentation for parents and educators here. 2016.
“The K-12 Virtual Primary School History Curriculum.” by Susan Ohanian. Independent Researcher. Education Policy Research Unit. Arizona State University. April 2004.
A Place Called School by John I Goodlad
Failure to Connect by Jane M. Healy
The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology in the Classroom and How Learning Can Be Saved by Todd Oppenheimer