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Bridging the Digital Divide

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

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

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.

#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive. 1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones.

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. Mobile Learning Integration 17. The Mobile Native 26. The Mobile Learner 27. Going Mobile 28. Mobile Learning 29. Mobile ESL 31. The Mobile Learning Edge 35.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. At 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. 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.

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

Mobile learning is on the rise. It was inevitable that the mobile phone would be brought into the classroom, with or without 'permission'. Many children use their mobile phones in class even though school rules forbid them to do so. mobile phones education digital divide schools learning cell phones BYODThere are two camps forming. Unported License.

Mobile Learning Blogroll

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of great Mobile Learning blogs to follow. 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.

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

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.

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.

Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

It is free to use (standard text messaging rates apply though) and anyone with a mobile phone or access to the web can use it. The new service allows users to build instant mobile social networks, called "cells" using text messages, QR Codes, email, web or the new Android App. Celly supports the private, mobile social networking needs of a wide range of users and applications: ?

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

EdTech Magazine

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. 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.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

eSchool News

Kajeet, a provider of safe mobile student internet connectivity, has launched its 2016 campaign to highlight the “real action heroes” in school districts working to close the Homework Gap for their students. 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. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Previously via laptop computers, but more recently via mobile devices. 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.

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

eSchool News

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. Next page: What researchers and educators say about technology and the digital divide.

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.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

As the #lilac13 Twitter stream will reveal, there were lively and protracted debates around the changing nature of library spaces, the nature of knowledge, the future of books and reading, and the impact of digital media. If you were a headteacher, interviewing new teachers, and there were two candidates of equal standing, but one was digitally literate and the other was not.

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. Day-to-day, our teachers might use mobile devices in class for their daily drop-everything-and-read (DEAR) activity or to let students work on their class blogging assignments. Next page: Managing the digital divide.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning. BYOD deepens the digital divide. Students from low-income families may not be able to afford new mobile devices, or the devices they can afford won’t be the top performing ones.

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Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]

Neo LMS

In the last week’s post I promised to address exactly 10 BYOD concerns that keep schools reluctant to allowing students to use their mobile devices in the classroom. Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section? Mobile devices are great at opening up endless communication and learning possibilities. I invite you to check them out again.

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Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Digital Learning and Tools Funding Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top NewsThe James M. Cox Foundation announced today a $288,500 grant to EveryoneOn.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top NewsStudents would receive more opportunity to connect to the internet after school under proposed legislation.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

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. But many students live in threadbare mobile homes and modest, low-slung dwellings on the edge of town. GREELEY, Colo. Others are cracked.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

North Carolina’s Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), a recognized K-12 innovator, is deploying the platform as part of the broad digital conversion taking place as schools transition from paper-based teaching and learning to an online approach in which every student and teacher has access to an Internet device. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News

Advancing Equity in Education Through Wifi

MIND Research Institute

The so-called digital divide widens as soon as their students walk out the door. (To What if we told you that a tire shop in Las Vegas was standing at the front lines of the battle to close the digital divide? Clark County School District mobile device initiatives. What does equal access to high quality education look like? And yet 31.4% Put Your Heads Together.

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school.”. We find that mobile phone bans have very different effects on different types of students,” the authors wrote. Here’s why.

What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?

MindShift

Ownership of mobile devices has grown swiftly since the introduction of the smartphone and has created more opportunities to connect to the Internet. Mobile devices have meant more Internet connectivity, but a closer look at how lower-income families use that access reveals the digital divide is still a problem. Are you really able to do your research paper?”

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

You can attach photos, documents, videos, PDFs, or lots of other types of files, and using the mobile app, you can send pre-recorded audio messages. There will be people on your list, those who live life on the opposite side of the digital divide, who miss these messages just because of how they’re delivered. What they do check is their phone, for calls or text messages.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

Successful classroom technology should challenge and support every type of learner without widening the digital divide that’s often found in low-income and rural districts. Throughout ISTE 2016, we had a chance to share a booth with JAMF Software, a company that’s reimagined mobile device management for educators. Working Towards Equity with Edtech. Keeping in simple.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

A Quick Response (QR) code is a two-dimensional or 2D bar code which can be interpreted by any mobile phone with camera capabilities. Middle school teacher librarian Gwyneth Jones, aka the Daring Librarian , uses QR codes to engage students in what she calls “digital discoveries.” Diane Cordell ipod touch joyce valenza mini moo cards mobile apps qr codes shannon miller tamara cox

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. The following three resources can help students and families realize the powering of digital learning at home. Together we can help ensure digital learning doesn’t stop when students leave the classroom

No Teacher is an Island – Mary-Joyce Arekion, Mauritius

Daily Edventures

In 2011, Arekion became an MIEE national winner with her project “Bridging Digital Divide,” and she continues to seek the best ways to engage her students in 21 st century learning. This great adventure was not over yet as in 2011, I represented the school and the country again in the regional forum in Aqaba, Jordan as a national winner with a project titled, “Bridging Digital Divide.”. This experience back in 2009 completely changed my life as a teacher, as today I am actively looking for ways to bridge the digital divide through Living Labs. Enjoy!

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids

MindShift

According to Putnam’s research, the digital divide has morphed: Rich kids and poor kids now have equal access to the Internet, but use it in different ways. Surrounded by adults to guide them, richer kids use the Internet in what he calls a “mobility-enhancing way,” such as comparing colleges and doing research for a term paper. Gebbe/Flickr. Courtesy of Robert Putnam.

Skills or literacies?

Learning with 'e's

What does it mean to be digitally ready? How can we ascertain what is necessary for someone to be digitally literate? We know there are digital divides between those who have and don't have. I prefer to use 'literacies' to indicate the ability to be digitally ready. Technology digital literacies education skills learning Culture Mark Federman learning 2.0

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

The company has developed a number of sophisticated software programs and mobile apps designed to encourage greater customization in education. Mobile Classrooms In Remote Locations. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom. These changes will impact both the way students learn and the appearance of traditional classroom settings. Friends of TeacherCast

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Shaping the future

Learning with 'e's

Some would suspect this is a reference to the digital divide, the haves and have nots in our society. We can watch the trends, but who would have thought for example, that mobile phones, a tool developed for business and leisure, could be applied so effectively in teaching and learning? Welcome to the future? It is never quite here. We live in the present. All the time.

The Device Conundrum - 1:1 vs BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Probably the most significant impact, either 1:1 or BYOD can have is in the area of teaching digital responsibility, citizenship, and the creation of positive footprints online.

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