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

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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.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

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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.

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

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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

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. It bought mobile hotspots and installed cellphone towers on school buildings.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

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

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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.

Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

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Though about 12 million students in this country still lack any internet access at all—a problem cast into relief during the pandemic—there is good news: That number is steadily shrinking. Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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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.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

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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. The devices, paired with school laptop computers, give students online access outside school hours for homework. Green Bay’s public schools now have 350 of the mobile hotspots, up from 125 when the School District implemented the program a couple of years ago.

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.

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.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

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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. Mobile Beacon.

#LearningIs mobile

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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. Significant problems include a lack of broadband connectivity in various parts of the world.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

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Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. Without reliable [internet] access, there’s no way you can do something like that,” Tower said.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

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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. would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models. Next page: More actions to expand out-of-school internet access.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

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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. The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

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Challenges surrounding technology access remain significant obstacles today, and states often struggle to help students find internet connectivity outside of school. The Internet Broadband Expansion for Minnesota Students grants help provide students with the high-speed internet connections needed to complete homework and access other online learning opportunities. Too many Minnesota students are on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Her cellphone’s data plan — the only way she could access the internet at home — wasn’t up to the task. Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. The digital divide. Terri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience.

The elephant in the room

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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. Not everyone can participate in the digital society. Lack of broadband infrastructure.

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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Educators and digital equity advocates have tried a number of solutions to close the so-called “homework gap,” from deploying mobile hotspots to getting help from local businesses , but the problem has persisted. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

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To support digital inclusion, Kajeet will provide one year of free internet connectivity hardware and patented Kajeet® managed service to equity-focused organizations. Kajeet remains laser-focused on closing the digital divide, and this grant program is another step in our journey.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

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The nation must act with urgency and purpose to ensure all students have access to high quality online learning opportunities,” they write. Connect All Learners The most crucial issue to address is the digital divide.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

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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. “We are proud to extend our support of EveryoneOn through this grant, providing families with increased access to the tools necessary to compete in today’s digital world.”

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. Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” “You can’t just send them home with an assignment or some research to do, because they have no access.”

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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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.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. But Parkland school leaders are taking proactive steps to improve digital equity. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district?

Case Study: Chicago Connected

Education Superhighway

With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the philanthropic community, and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) recognized a historic opportunity to eliminate broadband accessibility as a barrier to digital learning.

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. Always Available Access. Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

To provide a safe and effective learning environment, educators will reimagine schools to improve accessibility and inclusivity. Leveraging digital signage and content management platforms will be a tool in supporting schools in doing what they do best: putting education first.”.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. The Austin Independent School District equipped 110 school buses with WiFi and positioned them in neighborhoods and apartment complexes with the highest need for internet access.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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Read part 1 , part 2 (about audio) , part 3 (about video) , and part 4 (about mobile tech in education). When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband.