About Us: Affiliations
Cable in the Classroom works in partnership with leading national organizations that share our commitment to enhancing and expanding learning through media and technology in homes, schools, and communities. Here are some of the remarkable organizations we team with:
Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA)
As a national non-profit organization, we are members of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (formerly the Alliance for a Media Literate America), which is committed to promoting media literacy education focused on critical inquiry, learning, and skill-building. This national, grassroots membership organization is a key force in bringing media literacy education to all 60 million students in the United States, their parents, their teachers, and others who care about youth.
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
We are an institutional member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the country’s premier voice in education technology leadership. Their mission is to serve as the national organization for K-12 technology leaders who use technology strategically to ultimately improve teaching and learning. The Consortium for School Networking provides products and services to support and nurture leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and awareness of emerging technologies.
International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
As a non-profit organization, we are associate members of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, dedicated to increasing educational opportunities and enhancing learning by providing collegial expertise and leadership in K-12 online teaching and learning.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
We support the important work of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We are a member of the ISTE 100 and support the prestigious Making It Happen awards program. The International Society for Technology in Education is dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K–12 education and teacher education. ISTE provides members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.
National Forum on Information Literacy
We are members of the National Forum on Information Literacy. Created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, the National Forum on Information Literacy is a broad-based group of over 90 national, international and corporate organizations committed to individual empowerment within the information society.
For over a decade, Cable in the Classroom, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National PTA have enjoyed a partnership designed to provide parents and caregivers with the information and tools they need to take charge of technology and media in their homes.
National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network
We support the work of the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network. It was founded in 1987 as an innovative way to bring school board members, administrators, and district technology teams together to glean best practices from other districts and to make well-informed technology decisions. Nearly 400 school districts, education agencies, and colleges of education benefit from this remarkable support system. Cable in the Classroom is the sole national partner and sponsor of their innovative school district site visit program, as well as a co-sponsor of the NSBA T+L conference.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)
Cable in the Classroom is a founding member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an organization dedicated to bringing 21st Century Skills to every child in America. We do this by serving as a catalyst for change in teaching, learning, and assessment. The organization is also an advocate among education policy makers through a unique partnership among education, business, and government leaders.
Does all the technological wizardry of the latest gadgets, games and applications inhibit our ability to concentrate? Does all this magical media provide a constant source of distraction that conditions our brains for short attention spans?
Some scholars believe that the ability to focus and concentrate is a strong predictor of success. The ability to attend to a problem, think about complexity, wrestle with potential solutions is fundamental to writing, science, mathematics and life in general.
Clifford Nass did pioneering studies of multitasking and found, guess what? We really don’t multitask well. Read more in this guest blog for I-KeepSafe.
In November, a Tennessee elementary school counselor decided to give her students a real-life demonstration of how fast things can spread on the Internet. She got more than she bargained for.
Julie Culp posted a photo on her Facebook, asking people to “like” it to show “how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people.” It went viral soon after, being reposted by radio personalities and getting press coverage around the world. And it garnered more than 4 million “likes.”
Culp certainly succeeded in illustrating how quickly images can spread.
By Kat Stewart
Over the last several months, Cable in the Classroom has rolled out InCtrl, a series of standards-based lesson plans that help 4-8 graders learn about digital citizenship. I’m happy to announce the final lesson in the series is available on the Cable in the Classroom website. There are now seven lessons, each covering a specific digital citizenship topic, that help students make thoughtful decisions and be in control online.
All of us at Cable in the Classroom are really proud of InCtrl.
By Eric Langhorst
This October teachers around the country are participating in activities for Connected Educator Month. Digital Citizenship Week (October 21-25, 2013) places an emphasis on how all of us – teachers, students and parents – can have thoughtful discussions about being ethical and responsible online. It’s so important to have these discussions considering the digital world in which we live.
I am a self-admitted geek – a Google Certified Teacher who carries multiple devices and instinctively checks for Wi-Fi access and electrical outlets whenever I enter a building – but I have no personal experience in navigating today’s digital world as a teenager.
When we talk to our kids about the Internet and their digital world, have we kept up with the times? Are we trying to scare them with stories of bad things that can happen or are we teaching them to be good digital citizens who are in control of their digital lives?
The old fear-based approach doesn’t work, and it isn’t supported by the research about online risks, about risk prevention, or about effective teaching and learning.
Today’s Google Doodle was in recognition of Jane Addams’ birthday. Addams (1860-1935) was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for women’s suffrage and world peace. She was most known for establishing Hull House, the first Settlement House in the US, providing a residence for woman, adult education classes, Kindergarten, and more.
In Addams’ time, information and training were scarce commodities, available in libraries, newspapers, schools and places like Hull House.
Today in Washington DC, traffic is snarled, the Metro is crowded, and the mood is festive. We get a lot of demonstrations and commemorations here in the Nation’s Capital. We natives like to think we’re above it all, going about our business as busloads of ardent citizens sally forth for this or that cause.
Today, however, is different. We mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, of the “I have a dream” speech. That day and that march changed America.
By Kat Stewart
InCtrl, a new initiative launched by Cable in the Classroom, is a series of free, standards-based lessons that teaches digital citizenship.
Digital citizenship empowers students to make thoughtful decisions and develop a sound digital foundation for the rest of their lives. It’s a holistic and positive approach to helping students learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions.
Earlier this summer, the Obama administration announced ConnectED, an initiative to provide schools with high-speed broadband, teachers with adequate professional development, and students with exciting digital content. By midsummer, the FCC opened proceedings to reform the e-Rate program to help pay for faster broadband connections to schools and the wireless, internal infrastructure necessary to get broadband to classrooms.
What are these initiatives trying to accomplish? What does a 21st Century digital learning environment look like?
For the past year the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has been visiting schools that exemplify 21st century teaching and learning, schools where kids are regularly practicing the four Cs: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.
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