Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it.

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.”.

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.

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.

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.

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. Installing hotspots to fire up learning.

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.

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.

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.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

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.

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 equity

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Building the Digital Dream.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? Learn more.

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

EdTechTeam

Cross-posted from Digital Promise Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching JULY 26, 2017 | BY KAREN CATOR In 2014, I wrote – The problem with education in America is not the lack of excellence. Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise.

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

eSchool News

Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide.

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t. Accessed 2 Oct. Accessed 29 Sep.

Inclusive Innovation: Designing for Equity

Digital Promise

Who doesn’t want all students to access and participate in powerful learning opportunities? With an intentional focus on students at the margins, it is possible to create equitable access, participation, and outcomes. The word “equity” inspires good feelings.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. The Homework Gap is the cruelest part of the new digital divide.

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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.

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. This digital divide and poverty create unique challenges. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access.

What Are the Implications of Distance Learning?

Education Superhighway

Distance learning is often discussed in the context of higher ed and adult education, but its relevancy in K-12 education is growing. One concern about distance learning is that it could diminish the very real value students get from in-person guidance from teachers. Digital Learning

3 essential ingredients for making Edtech work in the classroom: leadership, PD, and ongoing support

FETC Converge

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. Uncategorized classroom technology digital learning digital tools technology initiatives

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows. We are proud to unveil the K-12 New Learning Experience Platform,” said Stephanie Weeks, Vice President of K-12 Strategy for Blackboard.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Next page: More actions to expand out-of-school internet access.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

eSchool News

The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. As more and more school districts implement digital and web-based learning programs requiring students to work on assignments outside the classroom, millions of low-income students are finding themselves caught in a widening digital divide. To learn more about the Homework Gap and the Real Action Heroes, visit [link].

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. Students were excited about learning. 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.”

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Always Available Access.

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.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. This year, Digital Promise has proposed a record 15 (!) Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning. One critical aspect of personalized learning is too often missing: the use of learning sciences research to best understand and reach each learner.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning.

New Report Highlights How Close Are We To Closing the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Since EducationSuperHighway began, creating digital learning opportunities for all children has motivated us to ensure that digital equity is a nationwide reality in our education system. Why Digital Equity Matters.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

Education Superhighway

A new school year means new opportunities, ambitious learning goals, and heightened prospects for kids, but for millions of our nation’s students, those opportunities come with an asterisk. High-speed broadband equalizes educational opportunity and accelerates learning.

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. As a result, 35 million more students have been connected to digital learning and educational opportunity.

Our digital future 5: Artificial Intelligence

Learning with 'e's

Now, I have written about AI on several previous occasions, and I also feature an entire chapter on its applications to learning and development in my new book, Digital Learning in Organisations. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

?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. Back in 2014, when the FCC modernized the E-rate program they set 100 kbps as the minimum threshold, with a longer term goal of getting to getting to 1 Mbps per student, as well as a fiber optic connection to every school and an access point in every classroom,” Marwell says. “We

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4) those that focus on data privacy and security.

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Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students.

What does the Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for Schools?

My Paperless Classroom

If you don''t yet know what net neutrality is, here is a simple version that you can tell your grandkids: once upon a time there was the idea that all Internet content providers should have the same level of access to the Internet.