6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.

We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap.

Edsurge

First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide. Previously, the digital participation divide seemed to revolve around access time. Wealthier students traditionally had more access at home, while students of poverty had less access due to a variety of economic factors.

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Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all.

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. Of course access to devices is important when we are asking families to send technology to school with their children, but there are so many more equity issues involved. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu

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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. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide". To address this key challenge, CoSN launched the Digital Equity Action Agenda initiative.

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.

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.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

Edsurge

To get a sense of what the widespread closure of libraries could mean, and hear some creative ways libraries are reaching out digitally, we talked with Jessamyn West, an educational technologist who runs the librarian.net blog and is author of "Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide." EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time. You've been a longtime advocate for trying to close the digital divide.

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. What can be provided with low bandwidth and quick access limitations? Determine community Wifi access points that may be available still allowing for social distancing… parking lots for uploads and downloads, etc.

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How Google Docs Improves Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

The end result is a learning tool that is powerful, robust, scalable, and because it’s free, is the equitable solution to so many concerns over education’s digital divide. Because work is created and shared in the Cloud, users can access it from Internet-connected locations by logging into their Google account. The latest version of their document is there, waiting. Google makes it easy for groups to edit a document simultaneously.

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Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]

Neo LMS

However, here’s a refresher of the previous post and the five BYOD concerns that are already put on the table: BYOD deepens the digital divide; BYOD will distract students; BYOD encourages students to cheat; Students might forget to bring/charge their devices; Parents may need to pay more for BYOD. This way, all students will be able to access the internet at school, and have a great user experience when doing so.

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3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

The best method to reach them is with a short, pithy message that’s informative and easy to access. You can attach photos, documents, videos, PDFs, or lots of other types of files, and using the mobile app, you can send pre-recorded audio messages. Some parents are not comfortable with or do not have access to text messages and/or the Internet. Keeping parents informed about classroom activities is a challenge.

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COVID-19, academia, and the big push online: an update

Bryan Alexander

Those overseeing student foreign exchange programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad. How many members of a given academic community lack sufficient access to health care? My readers know that the digital divide means unequal access to bandwidth, which can limit use of video and large files. The digital world offers plentiful riches.

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Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. Public Schools, digital equity and access to technology at home is a very real problem. By Charles Sosnik.

The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

McKinsey just published a new report, “The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow” ( summary ; longer document ), looking ahead to 2030 after new technologies have had some impact. Reflecting more limited access to education, Hispanic workers are most at risk of displacement, followed by African Americans. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Perhaps a digital learning journal could be employed to promote reflection. It is important that we document the process so we can learn and plan from it.

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14 Tips For Helping Students With Limited Internet Have Distance Learning

MindShift

Schools across the nation are closing in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and in the scramble to provide at-home learning, a major problem has risen to the forefront: millions of American students don’t have reliable access to the internet. . While there are plenty of best practice guides available for online learning, strategies for bridging the digital divide are scarce. . But to gain access restrictions may apply.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Our students are granted the opportunity to flourish with access to knowledge, resources, the world of literature and the creation of school community. Students, particularly those from homes where books are not readily available, need access to books in every room of the school.

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. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.”

How SAMR and Tech Can Help Teachers Truly Transform Assessment

Edsurge

But digitally documenting a student’s inquiries through substitution tools makes learning visible and provides formative feedback. For example, when my students create a digital concept map in coggle about a unit on biodiversity, they substitute a paper and pencil version of a concept map with a living document that can be shared and revised from home or school.

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

eSpark

Successful classroom technology should challenge and support every type of learner without widening the digital divide that’s often found in low-income and rural districts. When each student is being met on his or her level with engaging, scaffolded digital content, teachers have more time to work with high needs or disinterested students who might benefit from additional support and attention.

The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

McKinsey just published a new report, “The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow” ( summary ; longer document ), looking ahead to 2030 after new technologies have had some impact. Reflecting more limited access to education, Hispanic workers are most at risk of displacement, followed by African Americans. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

COVID-19, academia, and the big push online: an update

Bryan Alexander

Those overseeing student foreign exchange programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad. How many members of a given academic community lack sufficient access to health care? My readers know that the digital divide means unequal access to bandwidth, which can limit use of video and large files. The digital world offers plentiful riches.

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Dissertation Journal: Defended, Edited, Submitted, Accepted

Mistakengoal.com

Two weeks ago, I defended my dissertation NON-RESPONSE BIAS ON WEB-BASED SURVEYS AS INFLUENCED BY THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND PARTICIPATION GAP. They’ve accepted the document and forwarded it on to ProQuest for permanent archival so I think I’m just waiting for a few random bits of paperwork to work their way through the systems before everything is completely, totally, and finally done. It’s been about a year-and-a-half since my last post about my dissertation.

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Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Less Confident in Ed-Tech Skills, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. For example: These teachers are far more likely than their less-confident counterparts to report daily use of digital curricula, learning management systems, and parent communication tools. . As a result, they report that their students spend roughly twice as much class time using digital tools than the students of teachers with less confidence around ed tech. Marketplace K-12 digital content Ed-tech Research survey teachers

Middle School Youth Research, Create, and Take Action to Affect Change

Educator Innovator

One tech-interested student wondered how he could build a skill set when his school and community didn’t have access to the same tools and instruction available in other areas. Turning inquiry into action, the student has designed a research project to explore the nation’s digital divide, and advocated for a space for he and other interested students to both learn and implement new skills by working toward building an app and website for the school. Look around you.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Tagged on: March 31, 2017 The Digital Divide: A Quarter of the Nation Is Without Broadband | Time → Politically, the persistence of the digital gap defies logic. Accessible scholarship. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Tagged on: March 31, 2017 The Digital Divide: A Quarter of the Nation Is Without Broadband | Time → Politically, the persistence of the digital gap defies logic. Accessible scholarship. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology. But we have too many teachers, even new teachers fresh out of college, with no idea how to utilize digital tools to increase student learning. Below are digital learning tips that any teacher can use in their classroom. When you are planning a digital learning experience, be goal oriented!

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What Parents Need To Know About the Common Core (technology tips included)

Saving Socrates

For any of you who have had the distinct pleasure of taking online adaptive testing, you know how different it is and how much of a digital curve there is in learning how to take this kind of test. Make sure to to expose your children, even at a very young age, to museums, documents, different sources of information, people of a variety of skills and traits, and careers. Are you not a digital native? This will enable your child to have access to this type of learning.

Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Key trends from 2011 : People expect anytime anywhere access Resources becoming more cloud based Abundance of resources make it more challenging for us to function in the role of educator as we know it. Digital media literacy continues to rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. Allows teacher to push questions out to students regardless of device as long as they have web access. We used to hear about the digital divide.

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A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

Information becomes content when there is a situation to apply it (Nonaka, 1999, Yaklief, 2010), but does not require a depth of understanding to access or transfer. Once created, individual, groups, departments, or the organization can control the dissemination and access to a larger number of people. Therefore, there needs to be some mechanism to access it, measure it, transfer its use, and, in some cases, store and retrieve it. Document collaboration and tacit knowledge.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Via The Seattle Times : “A cellphone belonging to the man who claims he shot and wounded another man in self-defense during a demonstration last month at the University of Washington had been wiped clean of data before being seized by police, according to search-warrant documents filed in King County Superior Court.” Education Politics.