Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

broadband imperative ii setdaEarlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. In it, education leaders advocate strongly for policymakers to increase broadband internet access in support of student learning.

We’re thrilled to share that two of our partners were profiled for their forward-thinking use of technology.

Cornerstone Academy

Marion Dickel of Cornerstone Academy in San Jose, CA, shared how technology helps them support a diverse population of students. Here’s an excerpt:

Cornerstone hired a blended learning director and implemented a 1-to-1 rotational-blended learning model that allows teachers to provide differentiated, small group instruction to all scholars. During the school’s morning Reading Power Hour, all students use Chromebooks to access the online English Language Arts curriculum to read and respond to texts, practice new vocabulary, and write collaboratively. Throughout the day in all subjects, teachers use Google Classroom, Google Apps for Education, online adaptive learning programs, and other technology resources to improve learning and to different.

We especially loved this quote from Marion: “Broadband is like air — you can’t see it, but you know when it’s missing.”

Read more about how Cornerstone uses Edthena.

St. Vrain Valley Schools

Additionally, our partners at St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado wrote about how their investment in technology infrastructure helped achieve their goals of being Future Ready. Here’s an excerpt:

St. Vrain is nationally recognized as a STEM leader, having won the Invest in Innovation Grant (i3) as well as receiving one of 16 Race to the Top grants. SVVSD is also known for its thoughtful use of video self-reflection as part of teacher professional development as well as a comprehensive and unique Learning Technology Plan, which leverages iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs… Staff and students experience pervasive Wi-Fi in 100% of school classrooms and benefit from a 10 Gbps fiber-optic network and over 3.5 Gbps of internet service across two internet service providers, which provides logical and physical redundancy for mission critical web access.

Watch Diane present about how St. Vrain uses Edthena.

Founded in 2001, SETDA is a nonprofit association representing US state and territorial educational technology leaders. A full copy of the report is available on the SETDA website.