How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Their collective efforts are meeting a range of needs—from internet access to devices to social-emotional supports. Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City. When schools closed in mid-March, Kansas City was confronted by the region’s deep digital divide.

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

Digital Promise

Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

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

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. 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With the increasing use of technology as a tool for learning, students and teachers need more than basic connectivity. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country.

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. Digital Divide 2.0.

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

Edsurge

Along the way, we focused on five areas that we felt were necessary to serve our community of young people: Mitigate the Digital and Connectivity Divide Access to computers and a dependable internet connection is critical to delivering any form of online learning.

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.”.

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.

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.

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.

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 our work, we hear a common refrain from parents: “We know we need internet access, but we can’t afford it.”

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

The digital divide and the opportunity gap. 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. By providing our students with the digital technology needed for modern learning, we’ve started closing the opportunity gap caused in part by digital and technological inequities. Next page: Tips for closing the digital divide).

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise. As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded. Meanwhile, high-speed satellite internet access has expanded to well over 1.5

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.

IT Challenges Schools Face

Kajeet

However, many schools and districts still struggle when it comes to understanding what IT tools and solutions might work for them – as well as how to leverage the technologies that they already have access to.

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? And we must not assume that all of our students have access to the internet at home.

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.

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.

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.

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

eSchool News

For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology a student uses, so much as what the student is encouraged to do with it. The subtler, but no less harmful, digital divide is between the students who are empowered to be creators and problem solvers with technology, and those who aren’t.

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

The newest threat to health equity: digital access

The Christensen Institute

For instance, things like income, access to transportation, and childcare availability affect patients’ ability to receive care in-person. For example, telehealth reduces one of the biggest barriers to accessing healthcare: cost. What is the digital divide?

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Studies have shown that low SES students test scores go up 30% when they have access to mobile devices. Access is a basic right in our country. Surveys show low SES schools tend to have less access to technology and teachers integrate devices like cell phones at far lower rates. Gives them access to knowledge that other students might experience in person. Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs

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.

"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: 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.

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.