New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

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Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments.

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CUE Legislative Update – June 2020

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Legislative Advocacy

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

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. The need for more rural education advocacy. She is an NASSP Digital Principal, and was a featured panelist & Principal of 1st rural school featured @ Digital Learning Day Live!

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

So far, the pandemic has revealed the challenges of conducting education remotely as well as uneven access to Wi-Fi and devices such as laptops. The Miami-Dade school district, for example, adopted a plan back in 2012 to close the digital divide.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

She shares one computer with her family of five, lacks home internet access and uses a smartphone to connect online. As the years pass, the gap between Jennifer’s and Maria’s access to technology widens: Jennifer has everything she needs at her fingertips, while Maria does not.

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OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

Schools’ struggles to engage English learners’ families during the pandemic partly stem from another pre-pandemic inequity — gaps in access to digital learning devices and the internet.

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

edWeb.net

During the “ National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Virtual Post-Inauguration Awards and Policy Panel ,” the presenters discussed the intersection of technology and education and what’s needed to create sustainable, equitable access to a 21st century education.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student. And Marwell wants all of them to experience the types of teaching and learning high-speed internet access facilitates. We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. For example, in Georgia, the Connections for Classrooms initiative has given $8.2

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4) those that focus on data privacy and security. Created in 2013, Code.org ® is an educational non-profit with a mission to expand access to computer science, and increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.”

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. 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. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar.

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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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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Before I turn to the President-Elect’s campaign promises and potential education and computer technology policies, I want to note that this Presidential election was influenced by digital technologies in ways that make the “ digital masterminds ” who supposedly helped Obama win re-election pale by comparison: Hacks – perhaps by Russia – of the Democratic National Committee. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,