From the Executive Director

 

I just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to all our members and the dedicated efforts you have made over the last month or so. I know that many of you had to turn on a dime to get your networks ready for online working and learning. I just wanted to make sure that someone told you thank you in case no one had done so.

  • Thank you for setting up network security protocols to protect students and staff as they worked remotely.
  • Thank you for distributing the thousands of devices to needy students in your districts who were not able to provide their own.
  • Thank you for the creative ways you have devised to bring internet access to the homes that do not have it, through hot spots or buses with WIFI.
  • Thank you for creating drive-through tech support centers and call-in hotlines to keep devices working.
  • Thank you for training your staff on the best practices of online learning and internet safety.
  • Thank you for supporting virtual meetings and classrooms so that teaching and learning can continue to happen during these stay-at-home times.
  • Thank you for doing all of this while trying to support your own families and keep them safe.

Thank you for supporting the 3.5 Million students that our organization represents!

We are here for you!

Stay safe and healthy until we get to see each other again!

Alice Owen, Ph.D., CAE, CETL

Governor Abbott, TEA, Dallas ISD Launch Operation Connectivity Statewide

May 8, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Dallas Independent School District (DISD) today launched Operation Connectivity, a statewide initiative to deliver internet connectivity and device solutions for school districts, families, and students in Texas. Operation Connectivity was originally started in Dallas to address the the lack of high speed internet and/or home laptops for many DISD students which caused an interruption to their learning, as education in the classroom transitioned to at-home digital instruction due to COVID-19. This initiative now aims to provide internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of students statewide. Read more.

COVID-19 EDTECH GUIDANCE & REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

CoSN

CoSN has a new resource on virtual learning for TX K-12 CTO and CoSN members, EdTech Guidance in the Age of COVID-19. This pandemic affects us all – so please feel free to share it with others who need it to serve their students and teachers. Our community is grateful for all the behind-the-scenes work that’s getting done for the greater good of learning.

 

Digital Bridge K-12 Helps Districts Address Home Learning Gaps

EducationSuperHighway, a national organization with the mission to upgrade internet access for all public schools, has recently launched Digital Bridge K-12: an initiative dedicated to helping school districts address the home learning gap. EducationSuperHighway has developed a number of resources to support states, as well as initial toolkit for school districts. The resource guide sets out best practices how to address the learning gap locally and examples for school districts to partner with their local telecommunications carrier or wireless provider to help connect students WiFi hotspots.  

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