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.”. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”.

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.

Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Tomorrow's Learners

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. Unfortunately a by-product of the digital age is the “digital divide”.

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? Blog digital divide edtech

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.”

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. Digital divide: facts and figures.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

The digital divide and the opportunity gap. At DeKalb County School District in Georgia, we set out to create a plan that narrows the digital divide our students are facing at school, in the community, and at home. Next page: Tips for closing the digital divide).

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.

Maine’s Statewide Laptop Program Boosts Tech Access, but Digital Divide Persists

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Digital Content Hardware NotebooksBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom computers can’t boost student outcomes if educators don’t know how to use them innovatively.

Schools bridge the digital divide

FETC Converge

Ensuring all students have equal access to educational technology—both in the classroom and at home—often requires innovation. Uncategorized digital resources digital toolkit Educational technology Open Education Resources school administratorsEducators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community. Read more at District Administration.

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

eSchool News

For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. Since students today live in a digital world, digital citizenship is one of the most important lessons schools can teach.

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.

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Studies have shown that low SES students test scores go up 30% when they have access to mobile devices. Access is a basic right in our country. Surveys show low SES schools tend to have less access to technology and teachers integrate devices like cell phones at far lower rates.

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. There are many barriers and factors to providing that 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. Meanwhile, high-speed satellite internet access has expanded to well over 1.5

Can your Internet service provider help close the digital divide?

FETC Converge

Internet service providers can take a leading role in helping all students achieve at-home access. 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. Uncategorized at-home service digital homework digital tools Internet access students at-home access

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

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. This will certainly help diminish the data divide that we face today.”.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. Having a BYOD policy would seem to perpetuate the divide between the tech-haves and tech-have-nots. Still, I can''t help but support any measures that give our students access. Find ways to increase access time.

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.

How to Make a Technology Bus

Kajeet Extracurricular

Students in neighboring school districts lack access to the same digital tools and digital literacy programs as NPS students. And NPS Director of Educational Technology Jay Salerno stepped in to improve digital equity.

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. Student devices are part of it, but so is internet access at home.

Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education

District Administration

Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. A common challenge with district technology initiatives, particularly BYOD or 1-to-1 programs, is equity of access—ensuring that all students can utilize the same technology, regardless of their socioeconomic status District Administration Custom Publishing Group.

Wisconsin Districts Succeeding with Kajeet

Kajeet Extracurricular

One state in particular is working (and funding) students access outside the classroom. This is a great start to helping close the Homework Gap, especially as 25 percent of K-12 students in Wisconsin do not have Internet access at home. funding Mobile Broadband Digital DivideOver 400 school districts across the nation partner with Kajeet to help close the Homework Gap.

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. What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions?

Connecting Rural Students

Kajeet Extracurricular

In rural America, 39 percent of households do not have access to high-speed Internet, which equates to 23 million people, according to the FCC 2016 Broadband Progress Report. Urban areas experience much higher connectivity, with only four percent of people without access to fast Internet. Homework Gap Digital Divide Personalized Learning

ED’s National Education Technology Plan details goals for closing digital divide

FETC Converge

By Emily Brown, Special Ed Connection ® The 2016 NETP places an emphasis on digital equity to ensure all students have access to learning opportunities “powered by technology ”

3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity

eSchool News

Across the nation, school districts are investing in one-to-one computing programs and supplying digital devices for their students to use as learning tools. We want to make sure all of our students, even those from the poorest homes, can contribute to our digital future.

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.

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality. For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn.

FCC votes to reverse net neutrality rules, despite concern for schools

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reversing net neutrality rules, which some experts say could limit access to certain content on the Internet. More… Uncategorized digital divide E-Rate FCC net neutrality policy

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

A Reflection on Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

On February 5, 2014, educators and students around the country participated in Digital Learning Day (#DLDay). Afterschool Alliance Digital Is Educator Innovator Blog Edutopia Hive Learning Network KQED Education Mozilla Webmaker National Writing Project YALSA #DLDay #make4dlday access connected learning digital citizenship digital divide digital learning day digital literacy equityA Day to Celebrate, Explore, Question, and Look Ahead.

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Daily Edventures

Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft . As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment. Megan Lawrence.

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu

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Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

We also know that other school districts across the country are in the midst of trying to incorporate technology to enhance learning, and to close the so-called digital divide — to ensure all students have access to an Internet-enabled device. Digital Education K-12 News

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

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. By Heidi Moore.

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

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. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture.