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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.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

The former might still edge out students already impacted by the nation’s digital divide or who are without adult supervision. Ideally, Noguera said, kids would also have access to after school programming providing enrichment activities like art or robotics to balance out ramped-up instruction. Steiner said the evidence is beginning to mount that struggling students do better when they have the same level of access to challenging, grade-level materials as their peers. “It

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. On one of these towers, the Albemarle County schools have hung base stations that link to broadband internet beamed up from the roof of a nearby elementary school.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

To provide a safe and effective learning environment, educators will reimagine schools to improve accessibility and inclusivity. Elementary students are not immune to serious student safety issues. security surveillance cameras, digital record keeping, etc.)

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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.

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of Mississippi children will have access to the software this summer as part of an effort to support incoming kindergarteners during the coronavirus pandemic.Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Waterford.org also provides families with laptops and internet service, helping reduce the digital divide that would have prevented many low-income kids from logging on.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Especially in states like Arizona, where families have little access to mental health care, students often turn to school counseling to triage their personal crises. Janine Menard works as a counselor at Sheely Farms Elementary, which enrolls about 750 students from pre-K through eighth grade in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson.

Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution?

MindShift

Despite the lack of dedicated tech tools for ELLs, some teachers have taken to repurposing various apps and other digital resources in creative and useful ways that help their students acquire the language. But, given the level of need, and the growth of ELL populations in schools, is the ed-tech industry at large doing enough to address this aspect of the digital divide? English Language Learners are a growing yet underserved segment of the U.S.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Publicizes key trends and challenges and predictions for adoption educational technology. 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. We used to hear about the digital divide.

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