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Bridging the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

By Ryan Petersen Innovative schools are working to turn things around for underserved students. Classroom Curriculum Management Mobility

3 Priorities in Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Kent School District in Kent, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Kent in February, 2015. Here is what they learned

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

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. However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

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 = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Tomorrow's Learners

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.

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school. This will certainly help diminish the data divide that we face today.”. Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. In some U.S.

Closing the Digital Divide: 5 Digital Literacy Strategies to Help Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Digital literacy skills are critical for adult learners to fully participate in our digital society. Mockingbird Education’s infusion teaching strategy helps adult learners become confident digital citizens by following a three-step process: explicit teaching of the skill, immediate practice, then reflection on how the skill can be used in a learner’s own life.

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

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. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide". cosn digital divide digital equity digital literacy free resources

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help. We can no longer depend on textbooks for accurate information. A new state of matter was just discovered in December.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

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. Instead, I think we must do what Marc Prensky argues which is to find ways to "Bridge and eliminate this digital divide" and provide digital access to our students. Find ways to maximize how students share existing technology.

3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity

eSchool News

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.

Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes. Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

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 increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality. But many […]. The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

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.

Mind the gap!

Learning with 'e's

In online/digital learning environments, my own research has shown that the gap can be amplified or reduced, depending on a) the skill of the teacher b) their attitude and c) how the technology is being used. 2014 fote conference from Steve Wheeler Digital Learning Futures: Mind the gap! FOTE14 digital divides education learning perception teachers Technology

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

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

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. To get around the problem of the perceived 'digital divide' the school also provides laptops and other tools for children who don't have their own personal device. Mobile learning is on the rise.

How Latino Families Use Educational Content and What That Means for Communities

MindShift

Big Ideas Digital Tools digital-divide English language learning featured full-image latino play Learning more about how Hispanic-Latino families use educational content can help inform the development of content, policy and tools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

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. persistent digital divide exists between the industrialised world and emerging countries. He is right. Jonassen, D. H.,

Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education

District Administration

Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. District Administration Custom Publishing Group. 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

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

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. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu The panelists were a true joy to plan and present with. Below is a slideshow of the Tweets I collected. This conversation was just a beginning.

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Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiAt Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library. “I thought, ‘I need a ray of sunshine about now,'” Solomon said.

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

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.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

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.

Can your Internet service provider help close the digital divide?

FETC Converge

Uncategorized at-home service digital homework digital tools Internet access students at-home accessInternet service providers can take a leading role in helping all students achieve at-home access. Darriale 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. For Darriale, sitting in the parking lot was the only way she could do her online homework since she didn’t have a home internet connection. Yet, sadly, Darriale is far from alone. Read more at eSchool News.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

In its announcement, Sprint called the effort “the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access.” Sprint Corp. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years.

ED’s National Education Technology Plan details goals for closing digital divide

FETC Converge

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

EdTechSandyK

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.

CoSN 2015: Education’s Role in the Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Future

EdTech Magazine

That''s the puzzle being studied by Sam Pitroda, former chair of the Knowledge Commission in India and a leading voice in the campaign to breach the global digital divide. Frank Smith The world of education IT is on schedule to reach a tipping point, where the availability and affordability of mobile devices could completely reshape the way we learn.

Partnerships Highlight: Cox Communications and STEM Education

MIND Research Institute

Cox Communications strives to develop and support initiatives that enhance education through innovation and technology, bridge the digital divide, and encourage environmental responsibility in an effort to strengthen cities, businesses and future generations. Collaboration. Community. Social Responsibility. MIND Community

8 ways schools can become truly Future Ready

eSchool News

Advice for districts seeking to become better at digital teaching and learning. It’s about taking measurable, sometimes scary, steps toward a digital future that is still very much uncertain, according to speakers at a recent ISTE panel discussion on the topic, “ Is Your District Future Ready? The pledge alone is toothless. Next page: Why more ed-tech scrutiny is needed.

Mobile Learning Blogroll

The Mobile Native

Cell Phones in Learning The Mobile Learner Going Mobile Teach Paperless Mobile Learning mLearnopedia Mobile ESL Learning in Hand Ubiquitous Thoughts m-learning is good K-12 Mobile Learning @Ignatia Webs The Mobile Learning Edge Mobile Learning 21 Living in the 4th Screen mLearning Trends mLearning: Beyond the Digital Divide. Here is a list of great Mobile Learning blogs to follow.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

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.

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

mLearning: Beyond the Digital Divide 41. Smart phones (MLDs) 1. SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Learning in Hand 4. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Breaking the Cell Phone Ban 7. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. Tool for Learning or Distraction? 9. 50+ Tips and Resources 10. Learning2Go iPads 11. iPad/iPod Resources 13.

Why cellphones belong in our classrooms

eSchool News

Hudson HSLT is a digitally-focused and device-agnostic one-to-one computing school; we look at technology as a support for teaching and learning. Next page: Managing the digital divide. As NYC lifts its infamous cellphone ban, one local principal sees nothing but possibilities. Bring Your Own Device Featured on eSchool News Top News Viewpoint ban byod cellphone NYC

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

For schools considering 1:1 initiatives, Bring Your Own Device or other digital rollouts, ensuring that students have access to a high-speed internet connection outside of the school building is key. Access to the internet and digital resources is now easier than than just a few years ago. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. What can be done?

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

This will be a first step in minimizing the digital divide and providing broadband to under-served communities,” said Abshire, who points to wi-fi enabled school buses and schools that remain open after hours as two other steps in the right direction. Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. billion. Keith R. Broadband equity.