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Bridging Education Technology Access Gaps Across All Student Demographics

Thursday, June 20, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Bridging Education Technology Access Gaps Across All Student Demographics

Presented by Corneisha Smith-Burger, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Widefield School District 3 (CO); and Colin Burns, Vice President of Customer Success, itopia

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In today’s digital-first world, access to technology that improves and cultivates modern learning is extremely important to student success in and outside of the classroom. What is currently being done to ensure that all students have access to the same opportunities regardless of their economic background? How are we seeing students who have access to these tools outperform?

In this edWebinar, we will be discussing the challenges and solutions to bridging technology access gaps. We will review how students often become digital “haves” or “have nots” and the impact this has on their education. For example, accessing complex CTE (Career and Technical Education) applications can be a major hurdle when CTE labs are closed, especially for students who lack resources at home. Chromebooks offer a partial solution, but many apps still don’t run on these devices.

We are thrilled to be joined by a real-life success story, illustrating how equitable access to technology can transform educational outcomes. This case study will highlight how providing students with the right tools and resources can significantly improve their learning experiences and achievements. Teachers and school leaders will:

  • Learn about the equity and access issues facing students in lower-income schools
  • Take away strategies to provide equitable access to technology and educational resources at home and in the classroom
  • Learn how to address equity and access technology issues at a district, school, and classroom level
  • Hear an equitable access case study of a school that has successfully bridged the access gap
  • Receive a free trial of itopia CloudApps for graphic design

This edWebinar will be of interest to middle and high school teachers, school leaders, district leaders, education technology leaders, and those involved with CTE and IT. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Corneisha Smith-Burger

About the Presenters

As the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Widefield School District 3, Corneisha Smith-Burger (Neisha) is dedicated to enhancing educational experiences through technology. With a master’s in education specializing in best practices and currently pursuing further education in the Principal Leadership Program, she brings nearly 10 years of experience in classroom instruction, instructional technology, computer science, and STEM. Neisha leads a team of 19 technology instructional/integration coaches, supporting nearly 10,000 students and about 900 staff across 18 schools. She spearheads initiatives to develop a deep understanding of core district technology systems, guiding her team in supporting educators, students, and families in the optimal use of educational technology. A passionate advocate for digital equity, Neisha is committed to bridging education technology access gaps across all student demographics and has been instrumental in implementing cloud-native solutions like itopia in the district, ensuring equal access to digital learning resources. A firm believer in continuous learning and professional development, Neisha strives to stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of educational technology.

Colin Burns

Colin Burns is the VP of Customer Success and Support, bringing nearly 20 years of expertise in customer success, professional services, and digital marketing to itopia, where he is dedicated to enhancing educational technology. With a background at leading SaaS companies like Sprinklr, Sense, and Brandwatch, Colin has consistently driven customer satisfaction and growth. His mother’s career as a teacher and being involved in the community has inspired his commitment to education. With itopia, Colin leverages his extensive experience to support schools in providing secure, accessible, and innovative learning environments.

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itopiaitopia makes learning from anywhere easy by streaming apps from the cloud directly to student web browsers. Now, 24/7 remote learning is easy, secure, and equally accessible to every student from their Chromebooks and similar devices. itopia, the recipient of the 2023 Google Cloud Industry Solutions – Tech Partner of the Year for Education award, removes the complexity and reduces the cost of delivering the cloud software, apps, and infrastructure that students need—while making them low cost and easy to manage for school districts. For more information, visit itopia.com.


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Date:
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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