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. A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing. Even high-speed internet access is becoming more commonplace. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

Carranza said New York City is making arrangements for students in poverty to get the devices and internet support they need – a critical issue with the gaping digital divide between wired, well-equipped districts and others that lack resources. Social distancing guidelines will mean fewer playdates and group activities, along with concerns about isolation and boredom. The halls inside Bothell High School in Bothell, Wash. stand empty.

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. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

8 Key Focus Areas for Developing a Re-Entry Plan

A Principal's Reflections

During the crisis, we have seen digital leadership strategies embraced and innovation take hold despite roadblocks. Many students have been traumatized over the past couple of months as a result of inadequate access to food, social isolation, parents being laid off, and in some cases, the lack of a caring adult in the home. Additionally, the digital divide is wider than many perceived. Access to devices and reliable WIFI needs to be emphasized.

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.

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. We also know that other school districts across the country are in the midst of trying to incorporate technology to enhance learning, and to close the so-called digital divide — to ensure all students have access to an Internet-enabled device. One way to solve the access issue is to allow students to use smartphones in class.

State Spotlight: Governor Ivey Supports Alabama’s Rural and Struggling Students Through CARES Act Funds

ExcelinEd

Alabama is using its CARES Act funds to bridge the digital divide, improve remote learning opportunities and offer intensive academic supports. The Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program will allocate $100 million in CARES Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase internet access for K-12 students who may need internet service for distance learning.

State Spotlight: Arizona Students, Educators Receive Strong Support from Governor Ducey’s CARES Act Plan

ExcelinEd

However, each state governor and state education agency has the flexibility to direct funds to prioritized programs and needs within federal guidelines. In addition to $40 million to expand broadband in rural communities through infrastructure investments to bridge the digital divide, the AZCares: Flexibility And Funding For Schools And Families plan provides a roadmap for ensuring Arizona students receive a quality education, including: .

How Long Should a Remote School Day Be? There’s No Consensus

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In an effort to provide more definitive answers, districts, schools and a handful of states have begun issuing guidelines on shaping the school day into something both manageable and productive for students. Variable Guidelines Still, some things are a given, Rice says. To that end, a handful of state boards of education have issued a patchwork of guidance in their digital learning plans, specifying the number of hours of schoolwork appropriate for each grade level.

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.

Why So Many Are Behind with Remote Learning

The Innovative Educator

They sighted accessibility concerns saying that remote learning couldn’t meet the needs of all students. They chose not to figure out ways to bridge the digital divide for the most vulnerable families and students. They choose to let strict guidelines in federal and state regulations be the reason to halt learning for everyone. We could have been focused on closing the digital divide. We could have provided the resources to support a digital education.

State Spotlight: Virginia’s CARES Plan Invests in Students’ Academic and Emotional Needs

ExcelinEd

However, each state governor and state education agency has the flexibility to direct funds to prioritized programs and needs within federal guidelines. In addition to $27 million for devices and internet to bridge the digital divide and $10 million towards early childhood education, the Commonwealth’s plan outlines several further initiatives aimed at education support and recovery, including: Expand Virtual Learning.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

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Occasionally, parental access needs to be revoked to students’ information. A digital divide between teachers hurts students. With a good, well-used LMS that can be accessed any time from anywhere on anything, students and parents know where to go for latest information. And be in compliance with state, provincial and/or federal guidelines. If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach. You likely didn’t get training on how to be an IT guru.

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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. In a Blended Learning Environment the physical and digital classroom become integrated.

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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. Lack of broadband access remains a challenge for many Americans–40 percent of those in rural areas and tribal lands lack access to high-speed broadband.

Digital school strategies

Learning with 'e's

There are a lot of factors to consider, including current development of technology and its future proofing, existing systems and interoperability, access and provision of networked resources, skills and capabilities of teaching staff, market forces and socio-economic influences, to name a few. One of the most important digital divides to overcome is the technophobia divide - the wills and the will nots. Schools need to plan their technology strategies very carefully.

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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Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. “In the Leeds offering, for example, each course certificate will cost £59 and there are five taught courses; the sixth assessment course, which leads to 10 credits, is priced at £250 – making a total cost of £545 – which will also cover access to online library content,” The Guardian reports. (It’ll Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students.” Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Via Education Week’s Market Brief : “ Amazon Joins With Purchasing Group to Give Schools Access to Online Marketplace.” ” Via Education Dive : “ Digital ed tech pricing library brings transparency to procurement.”