The U.S. needs billions to close the digital divide

eSchool News

As Americans close out one year of pandemic-related school disruption and head into a second, the digital divide remains a daunting challenge for K-12 public school systems in most states.

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

Edsurge

K-12 students lacked access to a working device, reliable high-speed internet or both. As of December 2020, the number of students impacted by the digital divide has narrowed to 12 million. points lower than their peers with reliable access.

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Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

Is there a digital divide in our schools? Before we get into the importance of the digital divide in schools, what is the digital divide? A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of American homes have internet and broadband access. The post Digital Divide appeared first on EdTechTeam.

A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

EdTech Magazine

When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

Edsurge

Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.” The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country. “We are incredibly proud to provide access that opens up new opportunities for students.”

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue. Digital divide: facts and figures. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education.

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

CUE

The post New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap appeared first on CUE, Inc.

New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

The Hechinger Report

Rory Kennedy examines the gaps computer and internet access between wealthy and impoverished schools in her latest documentary, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”. The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway , a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

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. In our work, we hear a common refrain from parents: “We know we need internet access, but we can’t afford it.”

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.

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. 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.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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. However, students may have no internet access when they get home.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. But are we creating a digital divide in education? The Digital Divide, or the digital split, is a social issue referring to the differing amount of information between those who have access to the Internet (specially broadband access) and those who do not have access.

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. Meanwhile, high-speed satellite internet access has expanded to well over 1.5 According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

The newest threat to health equity: digital access

The Christensen Institute

For instance, things like income, access to transportation, and childcare availability affect patients’ ability to receive care in-person. For example, telehealth reduces one of the biggest barriers to accessing healthcare: cost. What is the digital divide?

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. 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. percent of American households with school-age children currently have broadband access at home.

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

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. subsidy to broadband, wireless, or a bundled voice and internet package. Expansion of the Lifeline program will affect more than 13 million Americans.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

Edsurge

The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

How to Close the Homework Gap. Together.

Kajeet

In recent years, there have been amazing strides to close the Homework Gap that exists between school-age students who have broadband Internet access and those who do not. Homework Gap Digital Divide WiFi for StudentsRecent successes, however, do not mean the education community should become complacent. There’s still a lot of work to do to not only narrow but close the Homework Gap, once and for all.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

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. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

Savvas Learning Company Teams Up with EveryoneOn to Provide Free WiFi to 100 Families to Support Digital Learning at Home

eSchool News

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Savvas enables teachers to better connect with students by helping to close the digital divide. EveryoneOn.org is a nonprofit that works to connect low-income families to affordable Internet service, computers, and other digital resources.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?

eSchool News

How K-12 school districts can help extend broadband access to their surrounding communities. When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

The biggest danger that higher education faces as a sector, though, is the loss of gains that we have made over the past 20 years in access to a college education — with all of the accompanying benefits to individuals and our entire society — for first-generation and minority students.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

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. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fi

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52% of teachers in more affluent schools. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions?