Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

JotForm Reports–A Fresh Way to Energize Remote Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s JotForm’s new Report Builder. Besides their core forms builder, they offer a PDF Editor ( here’s my review of that ) to enable students to work remotely offline without WiFi or internet access, JotForm Cards to make collecting data easier than the typical digital form ( here’s my review ), and easy summer camp (or after-school camp–or any type of camp) registration ( here’s my review ). Now, they’ve introduced Report Builder.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Providing access to technology is important but not a complete solution when it comes to getting rid of systemic disparities caused by issues like income inequality, geographic isolation, or discrimination.

New Reporting Metrics in ST Math

MIND Research Institute

New Reporting Structure. This new reporting structure appears to reflect the school structure with data starting with the individual student, and rolling up to the teacher, to school site administrators and coaches, and on up to district administrators, including curriculum specialists.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students. Eighty-eight percent of U.S. school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. K-12 News online learning Technology access

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Proof Points: Black college enrollment sharply down during Covid summer of 2020

The Hechinger Report

College attendance among Black students dropped a whopping 8 percent during the summer of 2020, compared with the summer of 2019, according to the first “ Stay Informed ” report published in September 2020 by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

Redesigned Cloud Portal to Safeguard Student Internet Access


Since 2016, there have been over 353 reported cyber incidents in K-12. This number from K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has increased by 20 since the last time we referenced the Cyber Incident Map.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If If we can’t get every student access, that’s going to exacerbate the gaps even more.” Some students will have had no education access for up to six months. Five weeks into the shutdown, many students still lacked access to necessary technology.

Spotty internet access for rural students limits achievement

eSchool News

Technology and internet access for rural students in some parts of the U.S. is unreliable at best, and this limited access could adversely affect their learning. Rural students are less likely than non-rural students to claim that their home internet access is “great” (36 percent versus 46 percent). Rural and non-rural students also have differing access to devices at school and at home. Featured on eSchool News IT Management internet access rural schools

DEN Trend Report: 8/16/17

Discovery Education

Benefits of online assistance, according to, can range from flexible schedules, personalized approaches, affordable high-quality instruction, empowering techniques, expert assistance and access to a variety of subjects. Dive Brief: As personnel costs tend to increase when most school district budgets do not, administrators are looking for ways to reduce personnel without affecting educational quality, District Administration reports.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. A panel commissioned by the mayor recently released a report calling for schools to mirror the demographics of their surrounding neighborhoods and to implement principles of culturally responsive education as a way to combat the city’s persistent achievement gap. Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. “It’s Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Instant Access to Data Gives Schools New Power

eSchool News

Coupled with drastic funding cuts and an uncertain future for the return to in-person learning, the need for quick-access information is more critical than ever. With decentralized access to usable data, departments throughout a district can easily access the details most valuable to them.

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Report warns of need for identity, access management tech

eSchool News

CoSN report delves into ways that identity and access management can strengthen student security. As school districts nationwide increasingly turn to digital content, the need for robust identity and access management technologies is growing. This, as well as the benefits of these resources and their current uses nationwide, is the focus of CoSN’s EdTechNext report, Identity and Access Management: Fundamentals for Securing Student Data and Privacy.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

Last week Checker Finn and Rick Hess published the first in a series of reports at American Enterprise Institute on the promise and pitfalls of social emotional learning (SEL) in both policy and practice. In turn, we risk leaving out a critical ingredient: not just students’ ability to interact and develop as social creatures, but also young people’s access to relationships and networks in the first place. The pitfalls of championing skills over access.

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. Of particular concern are low-income students, older students, black and Hispanic/Latinx students, and students from rural areas, all of whom face particular barriers to access and success even when on campus.

EdTechTeam Impact Report-Mexico


EdTechTeam Mexico is also a Chromebook Reseller and offers a program called ImpactoEDU , which is designed to develop key competencies in students: problem-solving, information analysis, decision making, creativity, collaborative learning, and communication (through access to devices, curated applications, and professional development). The post EdTechTeam Impact Report-Mexico appeared first on EdTechTeam. Chromebooks EdTechTeam Mexico Impact Report

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The data also makes it evident that low-income households – especially our black and Hispanic families – make up a disproportionate percentage of the 5 million families without access. For more on how your district can support students’ at home access, visit

EdTechTeam 2017 Impact Report


The team works toward a vision of the future where students become compassionate citizens who understand that they can solve real problems in the world, and where their education and access to technology make this possible. The post EdTechTeam 2017 Impact Report appeared first on EdTechTeam. Community Featured Impact Report Professional Development

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. As EdSurge recently reported , there are a growing number of marketplaces where educators can access teacher- and district-created content.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

The biggest danger that higher education faces as a sector, though, is the loss of gains that we have made over the past 20 years in access to a college education — with all of the accompanying benefits to individuals and our entire society — for first-generation and minority students. Half of Latino students and 42 percent of Black students reported having changed or canceled their plans, compared to 26 percent of white students. This story about access to U.S.

Report: States not making the grade on report cards

eSchool News

States are failing to effectively communicate essential information to families, educators, and communities about how their schools are doing, a new report finds. The report, Show Me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action , released today by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), finds that states are not meeting basic expectations for producing report cards that are easy to access and understand for all community members.

Broken system: Child care subsidies ensure low-quality, limit access

The Hechinger Report

Credit: Photo: Lillian Mongeau/Hechinger Report. Credit: Photo: Lillian Mongeau/Hechinger Report. Ultimately, by offering the poorest families insufficient financial assistance to access excellent child care and by denying help to millions more low-income families who can’t afford such care, the federal government is effectively lowering the quality of child care available to a huge segment of the American public. Credit: Photo: Lillian Mongeau/Hechinger Report.

Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work


Here is the full report.) Uneven access to devices makes getting assignments a challenge. About 1 in 5 students said it is “sometimes” or “never” easy to access assignments and classwork remotely. Not surprisingly, those who rely on cell phones to do so report having the hardest time. Having the technology necessary to access online learning opportunities isn’t enough. Teachers report overwhelmingly using their LMS—but few other educational technology programs.

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EdTechTeam Impact Report- Emerging Markets


In East Asia, lower pricing options are used to make it easier and more affordable for teachers to access events in areas that don’t have a lot of opportunities. The post EdTechTeam Impact Report- Emerging Markets appeared first on EdTechTeam. Google for Education Impact ReportThe Emerging Markets team served 3,061 educators in 22 countries in 2017.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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In the wake of a global pandemic, healthcare coverage ? access to care

The Christensen Institute

Insurance doesn’t help when it’s still virtually impossible to access timely care. The Institute of Medicine defines access as “the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best possible health outcomes”. For coverage to make a difference, people need to be able to access the level of care that makes sense for them, at a point in time when that care is most effective. access to care appeared first on Christensen Institute How do we address COVID-19?

“Free college:” Why offering access to something broken does not make it better

The Christensen Institute

But what the promise of free college fails to consider, as The Hechinger Report astutely notes , is not just whether it expands access to those who need it most, but also whether a narrow solution to tuition cost ignores the more critical question of value. Expanding access. Funneling dollars toward programs that truly expand access, and then placing graduates in jobs that have a high ROI, could be a better strategy than simply offering free tuition.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

A lot of our kids don’t have internet access,” said Coe, who knows students who routinely head to the library or the town’s McDonald’s to get online. For students who don’t have online access, we’re happy to be able to provide this,” said Seeta Pai, executive director of education at WGBH.

Affordability and Accessibility in EdTech

Omega Notes

A survey conducted by Morning Consult in July 2018 consisted of 1,651 current and former college students, which revealed that paying for course materials was the second most reported source of financial stress, second only to paying for tuition. That same survey reported that nearly 70% of the students had to get jobs in order to afford their class resources, more than 40% had to apply for loans, and more than 30% had to enroll in fewer classes than they wanted.

Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review


Justin Reich and Mizuko (Mimi) Ito have recently published a report entitled From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies. The report is available for download without monetary charge and without collection of your personal data. Additionally, it is free of overt advertising from technology vendors which is a welcome relief from some of the other reports we have reviewed recently. The report is not striving for universality.

2019 Report Highlights Best Practices for Driving Broadband Connectivity and Access for Students


“In order to provide personalized learning experiences for students to best prepare them for college and careers, and to compete in a global economy, all schools need access to reliable, high-speed broadband," said SETDA's incoming Executive Director, Candice Dodson

Can ‘Equity-Based Pricing’ Make Edtech Products More Accessible?


He added that the disruption caused by the pandemic, “which disproportionately affects low-income learners and communities of color, combined with the increased demand for our product,” spurred his team to explore ways to make its product more affordable and accessible. That has been a bone of contention for researchers at the Technology for Education Consortium, a nonprofit that has published reports on the discrepancies in what districts pay for technology.