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Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. 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. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student. We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”. There is still a digital divide in classrooms based on what technology is being used and how.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

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. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal. This disparity in home computer and internet access, dubbed the “homework gap,” was a slow-burning problem for most districts in the days when schools were in session and students could get online at libraries, after-school programs, coffee shops and other community gathering spots.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. We’re doing everything we can,” says Mr. Norton, as the seniors in the library close their balky laptops and head to class. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.” Siegler: “ The End of the Library.”