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. The future belongs to the connected--and the Digital Equity Act aims to connect us all.

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

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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.

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

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The Miami-Dade school district, for example, adopted a plan back in 2012 to close the digital divide. But more work needs to be done to shrink the digital divide. This story was produced as part of the nine-part series “Are We Ready?

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

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Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Common Sense Education provides digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities with a goal of empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Free resources include ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites, designed to help teachers find and use the best digital tools for their classrooms. The organization also organizes the Speak Up survey each year. Organization: Digital Promise.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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,