Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing.

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.

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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.”.

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.

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 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.

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.”.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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.

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

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide. mobile phones education digital divide schools learning cell phones BYOD

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.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

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?

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally.

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide.

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.

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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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.

Improved State Leadership and More Fiber Connectivity Mark the Future of School Internet

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez While the digital divide has lessened, there is more work to be done to connect students to learning opportunities. Access Points Data Center Fibre Channel Networking Wi-Fi

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 ”

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.

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.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc? Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

There are pockets of inspiration and excellence where students and teachers are leveraging technology to solve complex problems, work with big data sets, connect across borders, access experts, collaborate with peers, and engage in compelling projects. This is leading to an emerging “second level digital divide” in US schools, fueled by differences in how technology is utilized to advance teaching and learning.