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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. Ray Allen, a retired basketball player in his 40s who last played for the Miami Heat in 2014, was visiting the school on behalf of his Ray of Hope Foundation , not to scout the next great ball player, but to bring a gift: a classroom computer lab outfitted with modern technology. This investment in children isn’t just about technology for Allen.

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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. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

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 That’s what I think technology can do.”

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.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Black, Latino, and Native students are less likely to have access to high-level math and science courses. The number of reports regarding sexual assault on college campuses increased 831%; complaints regarding web accessibility for persons with disabilities was up 511%; complaints involving the restraint or seclusion of students with disabilities increased 100%; and complaints involving harassment on the basis of race or national origin increased by 17%. Digital polarization.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

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

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. All their work is on that computer,” said Caine, “and they need that access.”.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. 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).

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

Edsurge

In addition to hosting a public K-8 charter school, the former factory was recently outfitted with augmented and virtual reality stations, 3D printers and interactive screens in preparation for Saturday’s announcement: that it’s the first school in the country equipped with 5G wireless technology.

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. million into schoolwide technology upgrades. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. 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.

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Information Access and Information Abundance. Affordable Maker Technologies. Affordable Maker Technologies.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Information Access and Information Abundance. Affordable Maker Technologies. Affordable Maker Technologies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

?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.

The role of parents to a successful BYOD program

Neo LMS

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are a natural corollary to technology-based educational initiatives. Hard core proponents of BYOD respond to many of these concerns by pointing out that they must simply be overcome; the world we are preparing students for is online and digital.

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ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools.

Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM

Edsurge

Her boldest claim: That her administration would close the digital divide by 2020 with 100 percent of American families having the "option" of quality broadband. As for computer science, Hillary aims to expand the number of technical teachers in America to provide broader access to science and engineering curricula. Education Technology Government PolicyHillary Clinton may not be in office, but she has enough policy plans on her website for four full years.

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.

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

TeacherCast

Which is why it’s so wonderful that some teachers are doing as much as they are when it comes to figuring out technology in their classrooms. Occasionally, parental access needs to be revoked to students’ information. A digital divide between teachers hurts students.

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Accessible scholarship.

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Accessible scholarship.

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3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

Edsurge

During the 2015-16 school year, I visited schools across the nation to see how technology can transform teaching and learning. The “digital divide” is still very real. In places like Eminence, Kentucky, we’ve seen how creative school leaders have found ways to ensure that as many students as possible can benefit from access to the Internet. At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

It’s no great overstatement to say that the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to rollback net neutrality protections has shaken the education community’s faith in open and equitable internet access for all students. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S. The Universal Service Funds refer to the telecom fees collected by USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, that pay for E-Rate.

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