Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

Digital Promise

Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

Satellite Broadband Is Expanding. Can That Reduce the Digital Divide?

ED Surge

Each of the satellites will offer more than one terabyte per second of total network output, a thousand times the capacity of the company's first generation satellites, which the company says will allow educators and students across the country to connect “significantly” better.

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Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”. We have a much more equitable approach to technology and access to technology than we had in the past,” says Shawn Lambert, assistant superintendent for Brunswick School Department.

Colleges Are Providing Tech to Students to Shrink the Digital Divide

Edsurge

When colleges in the California State University system sent students home from campus in spring 2020, it quickly became clear that some students lacked reliable access to the internet or computers through which to participate in their pandemic-era emergency remote courses.

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.

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. Once COVID broke out, it was very clear how much the achievement gap is exacerbated by inequitable access to good learning at home,” says Nick Simmons, the director of strategic initiatives for Gov.

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.

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.

Kajeet Appoints Industry Veteran Chris Felix as Vice President of Education Sales

eSchool News

In this role, Felix will spearhead business development and account management for Kajeet’s global education customers, further bolstering its mission of closing the digital divide in education and beyond. MCLEAN, VA. —

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2022 Homework Gap Grant Program for K-12 Schools and Districts, Colleges and Universities, and Public Libraries

eSchool News

At Kajeet, we believe internet access is a basic human right and are fully committed to efforts aimed at closing the digital divide,” said Daniel J. and Canada lack home broadband access, putting a staggering number of school-aged children at a serious learning disadvantage.

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.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If If we can’t get every student access, that’s going to exacerbate the gaps even more.”

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

Educators across the nation can now access Teacher Training Pathways , a free platform offering courses aligned to micro-credentials on remote and hybrid learning, instructional technology coaching and more. To learn more about Verizon’s Digital Inclusion efforts, visit CitizenVerizon.com.

Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., We are excited to bring our secure, reliable and controlled wireless connectivity solutions to the European market to enable equitable internet access, especially for students.

Los Angeles Unified School District Offers Spectrum Enterprise Stay Connected K-12 Solution to Families as a Way to Receive Robust Home Internet Access at No Cost to Students

eSchool News

The Stay Connected K-12 offering is part of the District’s broader efforts to help close the digital divide in its communities and make it easier for all students to fulfill their academic potential. LOS ANGELES – Charter Communications, Inc.

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.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlight in New York, Florida and Free Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Bridging the Digital Divide. Several internet providers are offering free internet and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 or college students in an effort to help with distance learning. Also, many communities , including Palm Beach in Florida , are partnering with local companies to get more than 11,000 digital devices into the hands of students who need them to participate in online classes, as reported by WPEC on March 20. .

A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

The Hechinger Report

In Washington state, where Navas is the director of the Equity in Education Coalition (EEC), many families either didn’t know how to access the tech support provided by districts and companies like Apple, or didn’t feel comfortable because of language barriers.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

We must continue to provide access to software, online libraries and educational videos. However, teachers haven’t maximized the use of technology during the summer or the regular school year because districts and cities haven’t made the hardware and software as accessible as textbooks.

Kajeet Education Solutions Now Available to UScellular Customers

eSchool News

October 1, 2021– Kajeet ® , a leading provider of wireless connectivity, software and hardware solutions that deliver safe and controlled internet access, today announced it has expanded its relationship with UScellular , making it the first carrier enabled to sell Kajeet’s solutions directly.

5 Pandemic Learning Gains

The Innovative Educator

Access to Devices Students and adults know that access to technology is crucial for preparing students for success in the world. Pre-pandemic there was an enormous digital divide. That is because the devices provide digital accessibility and translation.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ready or not, digital transformation has come to education. Here’s some current context for technology in education : Just over 4 out of 5 schools (82%) primarily use digital tools to communication with parents (while 18% use analog methods like letters and phone calls).

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

Neo LMS

Nonetheless, teachers adopted digitization within days and weeks due to their high level of professionalism and commitment. Typically, organizations take years to undergo digital transformation.

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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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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. K-12 News online learning Personalized Learning Race teachers Technology access

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

In this majority-Latino school of 1,100 students, 84 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a federal measure of poverty, school principal David Porter says making the devices readily available is a significant part of an effort to develop digital literacy for students who might otherwise be left behind. Students being able to access it is critical,” Porter says. Here the digital divide for access is now almost zero,” Porter says of his Chromebook program.

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The Equity Gap and Digital Divide Creates a Disconnect for School Districts.

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. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. We know kids can be more efficient in their work, and access information wherever they are,” said Merlo.

Making educators’ lives easier for World Teachers’ Day

Neo LMS

At the same time, this day is also about supporting teachers so that every learner can have access to quality education. For example, do this directly by donating supplies, funding a GoFundMe page set by a teacher, or by pitching in their Amazon (or any other company) wish list.

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30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide.

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

eSchool News

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

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. All their work is on that computer,” said Caine, “and they need that access.”. The same issues hamper Garfield County’s access to a less tangible, but perhaps more valuable resource — the internet.

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. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007.

Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families

Edsurge

But a staggering number of families lack access to the digital tools required for learning at home. For schools across the country, there is a digital chasm. Source: Pew Research Center Companies like ours are currently experiencing unprecedented demand.

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). This is especially true in the tech industry where African-American founders like Morrison have limited access to venture capital investments.

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.”

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. “Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in the company’s announcement Tuesday. Sprint Corp.

Emeritus Expands into K12 through Acquisition of iD Tech Bringing Equitable STEM Education to Adults and Youth Globally

eSchool News

The companies will bring expert instruction in STEM fields to individuals worldwide,with a shared goal of bridging the STEM opportunity gap. iD Tech is dedicated to bridging the digital divide and is committed to gender diversity.

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The Edtech Industry Has An Oversaturation Problem

ED Surge

There are always new products coming out in the edtech landscape, but somehow a couple software platforms monopolize the industry and are used by teachers everywhere, leaving smaller companies and edtech startups facing an uphill battle.