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.

Why I’m optimistic about bridging the digital divide

eSchool News

While administrators have gone above and beyond to address students’, parents’ and teachers’ needs when schools shifted to remote learning, it has become clear that districts were not prepared to deliver solutions that would ensure every student could embrace remote and online learning.

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

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K-12 students lacked access to a working device, reliable high-speed internet or both. As of December 2020, the number of students impacted by the digital divide has narrowed to 12 million. points lower than their peers with reliable access.

Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

Edsurge

One key problem prevalent in many low-socioeconomic communities around the nation—like San Antonio, which now has the highest poverty rate of the country's 25 largest metro areas —is the digital divide. Together we can close the gap on the digital divide.

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

Edsurge

As the pandemic unfolded, our team at SMASH, a nationwide summer residential program for STEM education serving students of color, had to move an established, 17-year program into a virtual learning environment. As STEM educators, we believe in the power of learning and iterating.

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

The Hechinger Report

That means we must prepare now for the potential that colleges and universities that swiftly shifted to online instruction as the pandemic swept through the country and forced campuses to shutter will have to continue, and even ramp up, those efforts in September.

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. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

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.

A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Working with some of the most vulnerable families in her community last spring, Sharonne Navas saw first-hand why some families of color needed more than just a tech hotline to help them with their online learning troubles. Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents.

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

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

OPINION: U.S. public schools should be federally funded

The Hechinger Report

The endless Covid-19 crisis is revealing the primary weakness of decentralizing the funding of public services: Stark resource divides that fuel some of the deepest social inequities. As a result, when the pandemic hit , the district had a relatively smooth pivot to distance-learning. Philadelphia’s schools, meanwhile, struggled mightily to close digital divides that prevented them from quickly launching distance-instruction. “It’s

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

The suburban Seattle school is part of the Northshore School District, which closed earlier in March and has since paused its online learning program. (AP Then, they’ll be given three days of training to learn how to teach virtually, which he acknowledged is not ideal. “We

Coronavirus accelerates higher education’s trend toward distance learning

The Hechinger Report

Earlier this month, California State University, Fullerton, asked its faculty to prepare for teaching all their fall classes online. If it does go that way, CSU-Fullerton would benefit from the fact that it already offers a significant amount of online coursework.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We What Experts Say We Need for Distance Learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. More recent studies show that the summer is a pivotal period for student learning.

Innovating Beyond Avoidable K-12 Crises

EdNews Daily

the digital divide, lack of access in rural areas, weather-related disruptions, overcrowded classrooms, understaffed school buildings, bullying, and many more. Online learning is a quarter century old. Featured How Learning Works Technology

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. By and large, English learners aren’t thriving under distance learning.

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them. Current attempts to introduce AI in schools have led to improvements in assessing students’ prior and ongoing learning, placing students in appropriate subject levels, scheduling classes and individualizing instruction.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

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 Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. What they don’t have is legal access to spectrum to carry the signal. Related: Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online?

Teachers use high and low-tech means to reach English Language Learners during coronavirus crisis

The Hechinger Report

Administrators at Dorchester School District Two in suburban Summerville, South Carolina, were well aware of the digital divide when they decided to give students both paper and online resources after shuttering schools because of coronavirus.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. In Arizona, the House Education Committee introduced HB2421 , a bill allowing for schools to create distance learning courses.

Where’s the Silver Lining for Education?

My Island View

Schools across the nation closed their doors, but required their teachers to try to carry on educating their students using online technology. Overnight, discussions, which were in many cases theoretical about online teaching and learning, became a reality.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

4 things we need to realize about digital equity

eSchool News

As COVID made quite painfully clear, student access to reliable high-speed internet and engaging digital tools is essential. “Digital equity is not a new topic for CoSN.

COVID-19: Creating a new education reality

eSchool News

And with that, so did the shift from in-school instruction to online learning, which brought to light very complicated issues and inequities. The onset of remote learning has magnified the disparity between students who have access to computers and internet and those who do not.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home.

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 high school had recently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to distance learning. 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.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Social-Emotional Learning.

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How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

I mean the basics of how to use the tech tools that are driving learning. Dr. Paul Perry, former teacher, administrator, and nonprofit exec, has put together a brief guide for educators looking to expand learning opportunities for students using technology. Address the digital divide.

MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been around since 2001, providing 7th & 8th Grade students and teachers with devices and more. Recently a new piece of “Concept Draft” legislation popped up: LD 137: An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective. I have been involved in learning through technology initiatives for more than 20 years. MLTI has always been about learning. But there are two digital divides.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. The study found that 1 in 4 low-income teens lacked access to a home computer. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. The study found that 1 in 4 low-income teens lacked access to a home computer. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.