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A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Two students who received laptops because of a parent-led effort to close the digital divide for Spanish-speaking families in Clark County, Nevada. The post A parent-led effort to close the digital divide appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

The Hechinger Report

A meta-analysis of 39 studies of children’s picture books finds that children score better on comprehension tests after reading a paper book than after reading a digital book. Digital picture books have been a godsend during the pandemic.

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PROOF POINTS: 10,000 student study points to kindergarteners who may become heavy screen users

The Hechinger Report

Researchers at Penn State analyzed 10,000 students and found that kindergarteners in low-income families and Black kindergarteners of all incomes had a higher propensity to be heavy users of technology by the end of elementary school.

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Texas Education Agency and Verizon enable distance learning for 18.9M students in 16 states

eSchool News

For students across Texas and around the country, bridging the digital divide and providing reliable Internet connectivity that enables distance learning for students without Internet access are among the top priorities for state governments, school districts, teachers and parents alike.

OPINION: Why Black families have found some benefits in distance learning

The Hechinger Report

We know this to be true from research on Black children’s limited access to grade-level content and higher likelihood of severe disciplinary measures. In my work as an elementary school teacher and principal, too often I saw teachers and administrators struggling to serve Black families.

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. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Her cellphone’s data plan — the only way she could access the internet at home — wasn’t up to the task. Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. Meanwhile, education is just one role schools fill. The digital divide.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Department of Education, during the forum. It has been digitized.

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The Equity Gap and Digital Divide Creates a Disconnect for School Districts.

OPINION: Here’s why chronically underfunded HBCUs are needed now more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Students who have been underserved by a deeply inequitable education system often undergo a remarkable transformation at an HBCU. It has amplified HBCUs’ underfunding by putting new strains on education budgets. Sign up for our higher education newsletter.

Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

The Hechinger Report

This year, the Green Lake Parent Teacher Association paid about half that much to cover the cost of the elementary school’s vocal teacher and a portion of a full-time counselor’s salary, among other supports for students. The real issue is Washington state just needs to fully fund education.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlight in New York, Florida and Free Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bridging the Digital Divide. Several internet providers are offering free internet and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 or college students in an effort to help with distance learning. Elementary school students will have a 2.5-

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

While a striking amount of uncertainty remains, experts largely agree on one thing: Pandemic education has exacted the greatest tolls from the children of historically marginalized groups.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

Sifting out solutions from the struggle may help solve chronic problems of quality and equity, say education experts. We are in that moment now in education.”. The digital pivot made some districts solve preexisting tech gaps. Federal funds help narrow the digital divide.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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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. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities.

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. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

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. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

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. A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. This made it difficult to run programs like Pixie or access online math games. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom.

Technology and Innovation as Paths to Educational Equity

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and, in many ways, worsened the digital divide and other inequitable aspects of America’s education system. Culatta, Chief Executive Officer of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); and Dr. Michael T. Reimagining Education.

Emeritus Expands into K12 through Acquisition of iD Tech Bringing Equitable STEM Education to Adults and Youth Globally

eSchool News

The acquisition, which is being made through Emeritus’ parent company Eruditus, marks Emeritus’ expansion into K12 STEM education, as the company grows to prepare individuals of all ages to succeed in the workforce, and positions Emeritus as one of the largest and fastest growing skilling platforms.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best. As I look ahead to this summer and listen to educators, here are 21 hot topics that I think we should consider including in our summer PD. We have to relate to educate. Self-Care for Educators.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

Those efforts are driven not only by individual students but also by a movement of youth-led organizations advocating for a greater student voice in educational decision-making. Chloe Pressley, 17, didn’t like what she was hearing. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour.

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Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

In Mississippi and across the nation, schools closed because of coronavirus are struggling to find ways to educate children remotely. But even as Mississippi’s education leaders adapt to new platforms, experts say, they must begin to plan ahead.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Rising fourth graders listen as a teacher reads a book at an elementary school summer program in Silver Spring, MD. Related: Coronavirus opens doors to rethinking education. Many parents and education advocates have dreamed of year-round schooling to fight the summer slide.

OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers

The Hechinger Report

As a result, the education gap is likely to worsen in 2020, as the fallout from Covid-19 takes a disproportionate toll on learning opportunities for young children from low-income families. In a randomized field experiment, we gave parents an electronic tablet with a preloaded digital library.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S.

12 Websites for Digital Books Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Educators sign up with a Teacher account and then set up classes and accounts for students. International Children’s Digital Library.

Rolling Out Across Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Watch FOX19’s coverage of the Cincinnati rollout event: Jewel, a student at Sayler Park, served as a new correspondent for Verizon Innovative Learning in this video: Both schools in Glendale Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, rolled out earlier this month. Sine Elementary School held its own celebration a few days later. “We Across town, Madrid Neighborhood School was the first school from Alhambra Elementary School District to roll out devices to students.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina.

Using ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

Using the ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S.

5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. You kow, we haven’t closed that digital divide quite yet. However, if you want to sign up for Edpuzzle, use this link as it will give your school access to the 50,000 curated video library on Edpuzzle.

What to Know About Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary

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A focus on tackling the digital divide and resource inequities laid bare by the pandemic. News of Biden’s pick comes at the same time Congress is nearing a deal on $82 billion in new relief for education. Senate, would become the country’s 12th Education Secretary.