Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. The fear was, and is, that technology might cause achievement gaps between rich and poor students to grow if it’s easier for rich kids to use educational software, practice computer coding or learn about the world online. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

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

TeacherCast

With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. One current trend appears likely to continue during 2016: an increasing number of classrooms will rely on computers and the Internet to assist in the delivery of education materials. Possibly that situation will change permanently in 2016.

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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. Recognizing that public education can be an important site of social and political change, ISTE 2016 presenters and attendees spent much of the week discussing how to use technology to help students that are often underserved by traditional methods of instruction catch up with their peers.

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

Neo LMS

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. Besides BYOD funding programs, and allowing kids to use school devices, more measures can be taken in order to standardize the software students use.

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Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

Here is an excerpt: " Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills. We have mistakenly believed that giving teachers and students new software or a new box will help fix education. Digital Leadership edtech evidence Uncommon Learning

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

On the one hand, the program marks an encouraging effort to close stubborn digital divides between rich and poor students. At best, they will digitize the networks and habits young people already have—allowing them, perhaps, to connect more seamlessly with those they know, but doing little to expand their networks to include supportive adults and peers who the My Brother’s Keeper program hopes could change their trajectory.

Bringing wi-fi, and parent engagement, to the community

eSchool News

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. However, there still exists a digital divide to conquer. Kent’s success in today’s digital world is, in part, reliant on electronic resources and timely, effective communications.

We must not shut low-income students out of computer sciences

The Hechinger Report

In our 21 st century digital economy, literacy is much more than a mastery of the English language. These new skills and knowledge are the new fundamental requisites for K-12 studies, college studies, 21 st century jobs and ensuring lifelong earning in the digital innovation economy. In our 21 st century digital economy, literacy is much more than a mastery of the English language. Idit Harel.

John Deasy on His Years as LAUSD Superintendent, Where He Made Mistakes, and Where He’s Going

Edsurge

It’s going to need updating, with new and relevant software. I think it’s absolutely trying to bridge the digital gap and the digital divide, and I say that knowing that it doesn’t solve everything. It’s totally crazy if the world is facilitating that divide. In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education. Thirty-two.

“Every student has different needs, different interests, different learning paths and different types of intelligence. So, why to teach them all the same?” – Pablo García-Brull, Spain

Daily Edventures

As a Microsoft Teacher Ambassador,” he tells us, “I’m trying to inspire teachers to make a pedagogical change, to lead a new form of teaching, and to use new technologies in their classes — not by introducing devices into the classrooms, but by using software as the engine for the change. A big digital divide is increasing between public and private schools, and between the Spanish system and other countries.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

If students bring their own devices to class, schools can’t possibly hold control over things like data security, software licences, malware and viruses, and safe browsing. What is left to do is to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and make it easy for them to flag, block and report any inappropriate online materials or behaviour. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship. Myths No 3: BYOD will deepen the digital divide.

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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Education Technology and Digital Polarization.

Teachers use high and low-tech means to reach English Language Learners during coronavirus crisis

The Hechinger Report

Administrators at Dorchester School District Two in suburban Summerville, South Carolina, were well aware of the digital divide when they decided to give students both paper and online resources after shuttering schools because of coronavirus.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. But it’s more likely that “technology” has become so overused, and so carelessly associated with Silicon Valley-style computer software and hardware startups, that the term has lost all meaning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Also off campus, not on-: “ Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide.” From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” Congratulations, Class of 2016 , from The New Yorker: this week's new yorker cover is ruthless pic.twitter.com/B7UUvkPbir — adam hamze حمزة (@adamhamz) May 24, 2016. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Humphrey testified that he hired Hubbard on a $7,500-per-month consulting contract to connect him to legislative leaders in other states, as Edgenuity tried to sell digital courses.” ” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.”

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Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

Edsurge

As textbook giants shift to all-digital products that integrate homework, students are essentially forced to buy digital materials from publishers to turn in their assignments. That raises the question: is the move to digital homework systems creating a new kind of digital divide at colleges? Textbook companies defend their new model, arguing that digital titles help students learn better than past methods and are sold for far less than traditional textbooks.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits. Her district of Garfield County has provided a computer to every student since 2016. In total, the homework gap hits some 12 million school-aged kids nationwide, according to a 2017 congressional report, “ America’s Digital Divide.”.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 18, 2017 Investigations Into Cyberattack Against EQAO Conclude | CNW → The investigations into the cyberattack that disrupted the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO) online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on October 20, 2016, confirm EQAO's original conclusion that a targeted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattack was the cause of the technical issues that led to the cancellation of the OSSLT in October 2016.

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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. She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The school district is working to raise money for more computers and technology training, hoping to better prepare its students for an increasingly digitized economy.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In Schneiderman announced that his office received a record number of data breach notices in 2016.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In Schneiderman announced that his office received a record number of data breach notices in 2016.

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The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

As an op-ed in The Washington Post put it , “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” According its January 2017 report, the FCC’s modernization push enabled some 77% of school districts to meet the minimum federal connectivity targets by the end of 2016; just 30% had met those requirements in 2013.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.”