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

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide. Allen isn’t a technologist by trade or hobby, but he believes students must have access to modern tools for learning because education is essential to keeping American kids competitive. I want to say thank you for your accomplishments and your efforts to close the digital divide,” Bulnes told Allen.

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. Samsung, along with other companies, are working with districts across the U.S.

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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

Kids from black and Latino communities — who are often already on the wrong side of the digital divide — will face greater inequalities if we go too far toward digitizing education without considering how to check the inherent biases of the (mostly white) developers who create AI systems.

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

Nationwide, one out of four teenagers from low-income households lacks access to a home computer and, overall, Latino students have less access than their black and white peers, according to a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center. “We’re K-12 News Funding Technology access

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

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

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

When a dollar and a dream isn’t enough

The Hechinger Report

From that dilemma was born the idea for a self-brewing canister, styled like the metal water bottles you see everywhere, and the start-up OurGlass, a company that produces tea brewers for people on the go (or for those who don’t want to die in their video game for tea).

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

5G for Education Is Finally Here. First Stop? Cleveland.

Edsurge

By supporting schools in low-incomes areas and helping them access high-quality learning technology, the program aims to increase equity and close the digital divide in education. The company’s goal is to connect 100 U.S.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. Sprint Corp.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

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. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access.

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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.”

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. After a license is obtained, schools can partner with a telecom company to provide broadband service to homes.

The role of parents to a successful BYOD program

Neo LMS

There is also a concern that BYOD creates digital divides in the classroom between well-resourced students and those from families that simply cannot afford to give their children devices. Be sure that parents have full access to your privacy and security policies.

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A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and… it’s blocked. While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Digital Citizenship Curriculum by Common Sense Education. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Information Access and Information Abundance. What this means for young people is that they are growing up in DIY cultures, where they have role models who engage in DIY and where they have 24-7 access to information and technological resources. Information Access and Abundance.

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

Last week, President Obama announced that the My Brother’s Keeper initiative would be partnering with Sprint Corporation to bring tablets, smartphones, and four years of data service to students who lack internet access at home.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

Edsurge

boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. Within rural areas, students of color are especially disadvantaged: 41 percent of black students lack access, versus 13 percent of white students.

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.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Information Access and Information Abundance. What this means for young people is that they are growing up in DIY cultures, where they have role models who engage in DIY and where they have 24-7 access to information and technological resources. Information Access and Abundance.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Peer deals generally require districts to do a bit of research into what other districts are paying, either by asking around or through price transparency tools, such as EducationSuperHighway’s Compare & Connect or the Universal Service Administrative Company’s open data platform.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

Net Neutrality, or the “Open Internet Order” is a regulation that governs, and per the FCC, protects and maintains open, uninhibited access to legal online content. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

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. Students Seek Workarounds Some students have sought ways around buying digital homework systems.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

Occasionally, parental access needs to be revoked to students’ information. A digital divide between teachers hurts students. With a good, well-used LMS that can be accessed any time from anywhere on anything, students and parents know where to go for latest information.

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Three Things to Think About Now that Net Neutrality Rules Are Reversed

Leadership Lounge

Many providers lately have been heavily involved in the fight to close the digital divide. If these companies are truly dedicated to ensuring access for all students, they might be willing to work with districts to give them the fast lanes for discounted prices.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Accessible scholarship.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Accessible scholarship.

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Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

Net Neutrality, or the “Open Internet Order” is a regulation that governs, and per the FCC, protects and maintains open, uninhibited access to legal online content. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

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

TeacherCast

A very significant trend likely to gain momentum during 2016 relates to the adoption of learning management system (LMS) platforms to change the way students access and utilize information. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom.

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

The Hechinger Report

I tell her about what I do and how my company addresses society’s need to educate citizens for millions of unfilled jobs — in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs, as well as jobs in computing. Idit Harel.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

Net Neutrality, or the “Open Internet Order” is a regulation that governs, and per the FCC, protects and maintains open, uninhibited access to legal online content. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. history to bridge the digital divide.”. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap. families with children in school do not have home broadband access.