Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?
AUGUST 10, 2016
No child should have to go to such lengths just to do homework, and every child should have easy and affordable access to the Internet and the opportunity that access brings. The digital divide is a reality for three out of four American families, meaning approximately eight million individuals under the age of 18 are living without internet access. The good news?
How satellite technology can help close the digital divide
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded. The reason comes down to economics.
Digital divide hits small towns hard
MAY 10, 2016
In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. In rural communities, the problem is even worse — only one in three can access the internet at home.
Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed
JUNE 24, 2016
Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth. Addressing the digital divide.
Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)
Educational Technology Guy
MAY 11, 2016
As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. Student devices are part of it, but so is internet access at home. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide". Follow me on Twitter and Google+.
"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School
The 21st Century Principal
JULY 21, 2012
Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. Having a BYOD policy would seem to perpetuate the divide between the tech-haves and tech-have-nots. Still, I can''t help but support any measures that give our students access. I do not buy into the argument of "no access for anyone until everyone can have it." Find ways to increase access time. Keep computer labs open after school.
Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu
MARCH 6, 2013
Studies have shown that low SES students test scores go up 30% when they have access to mobile devices. Access is a basic right in our country. Surveys show low SES schools tend to have less access to technology and teachers integrate devices like cell phones at far lower rates. Gives them access to knowledge that other students might experience in person. byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics
3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity
OCTOBER 12, 2016
Across the nation, school districts are investing in one-to-one computing programs and supplying digital devices for their students to use as learning tools. While these tools can be very empowering, giving each child a device isn’t enough to close the digital opportunity gap that exists between students of varying economic means. We have a fiber network connecting our 13 schools.
3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology
AUGUST 18, 2015
But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality. For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But many […]. The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.
FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households
MARCH 31, 2016
A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families. Expansion of the Lifeline program will affect more than 13 million Americans.
Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?
The Hechinger Report
APRIL 26, 2016
We also know that other school districts across the country are in the midst of trying to incorporate technology to enhance learning, and to close the so-called digital divide — to ensure all students have access to an Internet-enabled device. One way to solve the access issue is to allow students to use smartphones in class. Digital Education K-12 NewsHere’s why.
Targeting the digital divide
MAY 13, 2016
This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide. Digital divide hits small towns hard. Digital Learning and Tools News
Bring your own
Learning with 'e's
MARCH 19, 2012
There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide. Children already use their mobile devices for a large variety of social purposes, including networking with their friends, accessing peer-related information and sharing content (images, links, status updates).
The future of intelligence
Learning with 'e's
JANUARY 2, 2013
I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally. A persistent digital divide exists between the industrialised world and emerging countries. He is right. Jonassen, D.
Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education
MARCH 6, 2015
Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. A common challenge with district technology initiatives, particularly BYOD or 1-to-1 programs, is equity of access—ensuring that all students can utilize the same technology, regardless of their socioeconomic status District Administration Custom Publishing Group.
BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014
MARCH 15, 2014
On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. Of course access to devices is important when we are asking families to send technology to school with their children, but there are so many more equity issues involved. This conversation was just a beginning.
Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online
APRIL 12, 2016
Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. The devices, paired with school laptop computers, give students online access outside school hours for homework. In Wisconsin, 15 school districts are using the Kajeet mobile hotspots to help bridge the learning gap between students who have internet access at home and those who don’t.
The elephant in the room
Learning with 'e's
OCTOBER 25, 2011
Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored. Some even talk about the 'digital dividend', which to me sounds very much like a neat side step around the main issue. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture.
Not all towns are created equal, digitally
The Hechinger Report
JANUARY 21, 2017
And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Like many students in the district, she has no access to the internet at home. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.
Can your Internet service provider help close the digital divide?
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Internet service providers can take a leading role in helping all students achieve at-home access. No child should have to go to such lengths just to do homework, and every child should have easy and affordable access to the Internet and the opportunity that access brings. Uncategorized at-home service digital homework digital tools Internet access students at-home accessDarriale Bradley and her family spent many nights in the parking lot of fast food restaurants, but not because of the food. It was for the wi-fi. Read more at eSchool News.
Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state
JANUARY 23, 2017
One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. The report showed that 47% of students lacked the minimum connectivity (100 kbps per student) necessary for digital learning.
Closing the homework gap for 1 million students
JANUARY 16, 2017
plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. ” Sprint already addresses the digital divide though programs including the White House’s ConnectED and ConnectHome, My Brother’s Keeper and other efforts. Sprint Corp.
ED’s National Education Technology Plan details goals for closing digital divide
DECEMBER 17, 2015
By Emily Brown, Special Ed Connection ® The 2016 NETP places an emphasis on digital equity to ensure all students have access to learning opportunities “powered by technology ”
Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu
MARCH 6, 2012
Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc? Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor. The passion-driven kids were using digital media to enrich their own learning.
Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey
APRIL 4, 2016
When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” For those preparing to take on the challenge, Digital Promise can provide guidance and help planning for each step along the way.
5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America
MARCH 24, 2017
Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. This digital divide and poverty create unique challenges. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access. She is an NASSP Digital Principal, and was a featured panelist & Principal of 1st rural school featured @ Digital Learning Day Live!
Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016
DECEMBER 15, 2015
In a nutshell, the plan calls on the American educational system to “ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.” Equity and accessibility were major themes in the new plan,” said Krueger, who sees human resistance to change as an impediment to equity in an era where technology infrastructures have become more robust than ever. billion.
Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]
OCTOBER 12, 2016
BYOD deepens the digital divide. Even when schools provide for these students — like making them beneficiaries of a BYOD funding program, or letting them check out a device from the school’s library — the digital divide doesn’t disappear completely. Schools and teachers need to work with what they already have, and increase technology access with time.
Boosting access, risk-taking, and engagement
JANUARY 14, 2016
Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem. A lack of reliable internet access at home can make flipping a challenge, but by no means an impossibility. For some students, leaving their school’s campus means leaving internet access behind – and all that comes with it. However, there still exists a digital divide to conquer. News Top News
With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field
JULY 30, 2015
Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide. Researchers are learning that not all access to technology is equal.
Learning with 'e's
MARCH 12, 2016
1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones. However, these are still used effectively by those who desire to access educational opportunities to which they would otherwise have no access. Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. don't have internet capability). Unported License.
Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]
OCTOBER 19, 2016
However, here’s a refresher of the previous post and the five BYOD concerns that are already put on the table: BYOD deepens the digital divide; BYOD will distract students; BYOD encourages students to cheat; Students might forget to bring/charge their devices; Parents may need to pay more for BYOD. Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section?
Bryan Alexander Interview - The Challenge of Advancing Digital Literacy in Higher Education
The Learning Revolution Has Begun
DECEMBER 5, 2016
Bryan was the lead author of the just-released Digital Literacy - An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief , which was commissioned by Adobe to "explore an increasingly pressing challenge for United States higher education institutions: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty." Again, you'll find the full report here. 10:50 The "dangerous" Web.
Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. As more and more school districts implement digital and web-based learning programs requiring students to work on assignments outside the classroom, millions of low-income students are finding themselves caught in a widening digital divide. At the same time, districts are finding ways to provide mobile internet access for students that don’t have it once they leave school, even with limited funds and stretched budgets.
Bringing wi-fi, and parent engagement, to the community
JANUARY 12, 2016
note : Joelle Bejarano will present a session related to this topic, called “Touch-Interactive and Digital Signage Displays for Parent and Community Engagement in Education,” at DSE 2016 on Wednesday, March 16 in Las Vegas. For some students, leaving their school’s campus means leaving internet access behind – and all that comes with it. For more information, visit www.dse2016.com.
Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)
The Friday 4: Your weekly ed-tech rewind
AUGUST 12, 2016
When schools have solid high-speed internet connections, students and teachers can access an infinite number of resources and tools that enhance learning. Read on for more: Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide? the first nation to allocate a wide swath of airwaves to deliver super-fast 5G access. 5 tips for using live video in the classroom.