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How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City.

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. Imagine what it is for Hispanic families that don’t speak English and … don’t have the technology.”.

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The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

Edsurge

K-12 students lacked access to a working device, reliable high-speed internet or both. Those efforts have made a dent, according to an analysis from Common Sense, Boston Consulting Group and the Southern Education Foundation. points lower than their peers with reliable access.

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.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

Edsurge

Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. Once COVID broke out, it was very clear how much the achievement gap is exacerbated by inequitable access to good learning at home,” says Nick Simmons, the director of strategic initiatives for Gov.

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. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps I thought it would be useful to sketch in some background on how technology is actually being used in classrooms across the US, in an effort to create some necessary context.

Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide. District Management Featured on eSchool News IT Management digital divide family

Is Classroom Technology Really Narrowing the Digital Divide? [Quiz]

Edsurge

As schools strive to make information accessible to all students, technology provides great solutions. So, the question remains, is technology in the classroom a hindrance or an opportunity? Education Technology Technology Trends Technology Tips Student Success Teaching & Learning Diversity and EquityAt the same time, it often presents its own set of challenges to overcome.

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. Technology is transforming education, the change is as inevitable as that which the printing press brought to education. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue.

Moving a Summer Program to the Virtual World — While Closing the Digital Divide

Edsurge

For those working in education, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink how we engage with young people. We also knew that not every learner in our community had the technology resources to access these opportunities.

New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

CUE

The post New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap appeared first on CUE, Inc.

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.”. The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway , a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”.

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. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments.

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. 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.

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. The fear was, and is, that technology might cause achievement gaps between rich and poor students to grow if it’s easier for rich kids to use educational software, practice computer coding or learn about the world online. Even high-speed internet access is becoming more commonplace.

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. The digital divide is a reality for three out of four American families, meaning approximately eight million individuals under the age of 18 are living without internet access. In short, without an Internet connection you are both economically and educationally marginalized.

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. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth. There is no doubt that digital technology is changing every aspect of life from how we communicate to the way we learn.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

The digital divide and the opportunity gap. These are two of the closely related and defining issues that educators and administrators are grappling with today. 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. We started by creating the Digital Dreamers Program, an initiative to reaffirm our commitment to technology.

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. I have made no secret of the fact that I think technology, when used correctly, is hugely advantageous to enhancing student learning. But are we creating a digital divide in education? So where does that leave us as educators?

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. In rural communities, the problem is even worse — only one in three can access the internet at home. However, students may have no internet access when they get home. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learnin

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

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. School districts across the country are upgrading networks and integrating more classroom technology, and smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous across socioeconomic lines. 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.

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. Ray Allen, a retired basketball player in his 40s who last played for the Miami Heat in 2014, was visiting the school on behalf of his Ray of Hope Foundation , not to scout the next great ball player, but to bring a gift: a classroom computer lab outfitted with modern technology. This investment in children isn’t just about technology for Allen.

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. Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community. Uncategorized digital resources digital toolkit Educational technology Open Education Resources school administrators

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With education turning on the technology skills of students and teachers, its important to gain a rudimentary understanding of foundational technology. Ready or not, digital transformation has come to education. Address the digital divide.

CoSN2021: Technology in the Classroom Promotes Equity in Education

EdTech Magazine

The need for digital and technological equity became clearer than ever following 2020’s shift to remote and hybrid instruction. A year later, schools across the country are still struggling to bridge the gaps.

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.

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. But the number of pupils with fast connectivity starts to dwindle as they move away from their K-12 hubs—and the divide deepens even further when issues like socioeconomic status, income, and race are taken into account.

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

What you need to know: As the nation faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, and schools continue to grapple with uncertainty and closures, Verizon is providing additional support and remote learning resources for educators, students and parents.

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

There’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. 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. The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.

The State of Educational Technology in a Post-Pandemic World

EdTech Magazine

Some may say 2020 is the year of educational technology. When COVID-19 pushed schools to go remote, educators and students became more reliant on technology than ever before.

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.

"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. During the conversation, I could sense the frustration teachers feel when they stand before classrooms where large number of students barely have a home to go to in the evenings, much less their own technological devices to bring and use within school.

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

The Hechinger Report

A new study suggests that this sort of technology overuse doesn’t just pop up during adolescence. We haven’t really known who are the kids at risk for being frequent users of these technologies as they grow up,” said lead researcher Paul Morgan, a professor of education at Penn State.

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Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., We are excited to bring our secure, reliable and controlled wireless connectivity solutions to the European market to enable equitable internet access, especially for students.