Education Technology


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If you have any questions or need any further information about the integration of technology into instruction, contact the OSDE's EdTech Department.

Karen Leonard
Director of Education Technology and Computer Science
karen.leonard@sde.ok.gov
405-521-3364

We promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning through professional development, policy development, the administration of state and federal funding and strategic planning.

 

Digital Citizenship: Copyright Laws

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is known for its leadership in the field of educational technology. One tool they created to help teachers and students become empowered learners and users of technology is the ISTE standards. As we progress through the remainder of the school year, each month we will examine a specific strand of these standards and how this strand relates to both student and teacher interactions. The focus for December will be the legal usage of intellectual properties. 

  • ISTE Student Standard 2c-Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property. 
  • ISTE Teacher Standard 3c-Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

With the vast amount of information available online, it is critical for students to know the legal and ethical rights related to using material created by other people. ISTE recently shared an article on this topic: “What Every Teacher Should Know about Copyright Law”. This article and its related video is something you may want to share with teachers across your school or district. 

The use of digital images is the number one area in which students break copyright laws. The presence of an image online does not mean the creator has given permission for others to use the image for their own purposes. Many websites provide copyright-free images students can use to create projects and presentations. Below are a few sites that can help students (and others) locate license-free stock images:

ISTE EdTech Problem of the Week

Many times, educational technologists find themselves working isolated without others in their school or district to share ideas and talk through issues. ISTE has a new way to connect educational technologists while helping create a plan for the future.  Blair Mishleau has created a Google Slide presentation containing a series of EdTech Problems of the Week. Once a problem has been presented on the ISTE website, Mishleau will post the problem and several strong solutions in this Google Slide presentation. These solutions may be useful to you as you plan the direction of your school’s technology program. Check back weekly for new information.

 

Chromebook Auto Update Expiration-Measured Progress

Chromebooks are used in numerous Oklahoma schools and many are aging to the point where they can no longer receive OS updates. You may be wondering what effect this will have on spring testing with Measure Progress. 

eMetric/Cognia officially supports the three latest versions of ChromeOS.  The kiosk installer will not prohibit the use of unsupported ChromeOS versions, but there may be risks involved when using older versions.

 According to eMetric, please see below pointers as possible risks for using an unsupported version of any operating system, not just ChromeOS though. 

  1. They do not QA unsupported versions of operating systems and therefore cannot guarantee if the kiosk will work or the tools and accommodations will work properly.
  2. Students testing on devices that do not meet the technical guidelines are likely to encounter performance-related issues during testing.
  3. If users encounter technical issues eMetric may require them to update to a supported version of the operating system before they can assist them in resolving the issue. 
  4. When manufacturers stop supporting a version of an operating system, there are always security risks as they would not be releasing updates, patches, and bug fixes.

eMetric updates their technology guidelines as soon as their compatibility testing is done on the latest stable versions. 

 Also, Emetric recommends visiting this Google link (https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366?hl=en) to know which of their devices, based on manufacturers and models, will no longer be getting latest Chrome OS updates by the time 2020 Spring testing window begins.  

Common Sense Education Recognition Program

Common Sense Education offers a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

 

Professional Development

OETT/OK-ACTS Phase 1 Leadership Seminars

Oklahoma Achievement through Collaborations & Technology Support is the first of the K20 Center’s Five Phases Model for school transformation: Leaders learning.

OK-ACTS is a three day seminar in which head superintendents and principals come together to learn from the K20 Center and each other. Following the seminar, participants meet in smaller groups or “clusters” for cluster meetings.

 OK-ACTS expands leaders’ technology skills and creates a collaborative network in which participants and K20 professionals collaborate, problem-solve, and work together toward systemic change.

WHY JOIN OK-ACTS?

Each participant receives an iPad for use in their school district and extensive training on classroom technology options/integration methods.

After attending this seminar, participants have access to the OK-ACTS website, a “cluster coach” (a current principal or superintendent who serves as a group mentor), and the network of fellow participants formed through the seminar.

OK-ACTS gives its leaders the tools, strategy, resources and vision to initiate major improvements in student learning and classroom technology.

Registration is still open for the December and March Seminars. For more information, click HERE.

Grant Opportunities

If you are a teacher (or know of a teacher) that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom, but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out this grant application. Classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (April, July, October, January). Learn more HERE.

SketchUp 

SketchUp is a drawing software that is ideal for computer labs. Best of all, SketchUp facilitates a grant program that provides FREE licenses to all Oklahoma public schools. Educators can use this software with a variety of grade levels and content areas to create 3D models of anything. Please email Karen Leonard to apply for this grant which will allow you to install SketchUp on your school/district computers and labs.

Technology Resource Guides

Starting a new job can be stressful. It can be even more stressful for first-year teachers or teachers in a new school or district. Not only are you planning for instruction, but you also may need to become acquainted with new tools and software available at your school. It can both overwhelming and frustrating! 

The School District of Oconee County, South Carolina developed a great solution. During their presentation at ISTE 2019, leaders presented a guide that new and veteran teachers might find helpful. Here is a link to their district's technology resource guide: SDOC Technology Resources Guide. You may want to consider creating a guide like this for teachers at your school to help them navigate the available technology and even use it as a reference.

Professional Development

With the recent passage of Oklahoma House Bill 1576, Oklahoma teachers are required to have professional development covering "digital teaching and learning standards to enhance content delivery to students and improve student achievement." Go to the EdTech Professional Development Page for resources.

Communicate with Others Regarding Educational Technology

If you are an Oklahoma school teacher/librarian/EdTech coach/administrator interested in using technology to engage students, sign up for the OSDE EdTech listserv. This listserv is set up so that you can send messages to the group to ask for help or to provide suggestions for others. Once you have been added to the listserv, you can send a message to the group by sending an email to edtech@listserv.sde.ok.gov.

 

Technology Integration Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) creates standards for the use of technology to enhance education. Oklahoma has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education's Student Standards for the Oklahoma Academic Standards. (210:15-3 part 23)

You can view the four different types of standards on the ISTE website:

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Last updated on December 10, 2019