How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

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. The post How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide appeared first on Digital Promise.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

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. According to a 2014 blog post from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, “Forty-one percent of America’s rural schools couldn’t get a high-speed connection if they tried,”— where a high-speed connection is defined as offering speeds of 10Mbps or higher.


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How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries


Libraries are temporarily closing their doors due to coronavirus—like so many other institutions in the wake of a growing pandemic. But what does it mean for librarians to serve patrons without a library ? EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. Without adequate broadband, of course, even the latest or most promising digital tools are useless. By Heidi Moore.

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

The bilingual (English/Spanish) mobile-first digital tool was informed by what parents say they need and developed by leading content experts. Organizations and coalitions including Learning Keeps Going , Tech for Learners , Google , and Digital Promise have also compiled lists of resources from various education organizations as well as available edtech products. Bridging The Digital Divide. It also includes digital access and quality online learning opportunities.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources


While she learned to navigate and understand the value of her library’s network of databases, she knows that many kids don’t even know what a database is. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

First, districts need to address the digital divide/homework gap in meaningful ways. Another aspect of the digital divide includes teachers. edWeb Blog education policy equitable learning equity leadershipBy Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

State Spotlight: Governor Ivey Supports Alabama’s Rural and Struggling Students Through CARES Act Funds


Alabama is using its CARES Act funds to bridge the digital divide, improve remote learning opportunities and offer intensive academic supports. In addition, Alabama is directing $10 million to equip all school buses with Wi-Fi capabilities to increase internet connectivity and $4 million to improve remote learning opportunities by providing digital textbook and library resources for all students. Blog COVID-19

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]


BYOD deepens the digital divide. Even when schools provide for these students — like making them beneficiaries of a BYOD funding program, or letting them check out a device from the school’s library — the digital divide doesn’t disappear completely. Also, they’ll need to know the notions of digital citizenship, and discourage one another from any act of cheating when they do have their phones on them.

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Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom


What is left to do is to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and make it easy for them to flag, block and report any inappropriate online materials or behaviour. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship. Myths No 3: BYOD will deepen the digital divide. If schools allow students to bring their own devices to class, do they really deepen this digital divide?

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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. edWeb Blog back to school distance learning district budgets education funding

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights. Turns out — and not really a surprise — the cost of the digital devices was minor compared to the cost of the websites and webtools required to meet goals.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.” There needs to be secure, robust, and reliable networks that provide access to digital content as technologies evolve, and in many districts another growing concern is equitable access, both in and out of school. In 2010 the FCC appointed her to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. edWeb Blog broadband broadband access SETDA state leadership

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. appeared first on CUE Blog.

A National Push for More ‘Active Use’ of Technology in Learning

Educator Innovator

In its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Department of Education emphasizes model approaches to digital learning. The most obvious addition to the plan is its focus on the “digital-use divide.” In 2010, when the department published its last National Ed Tech Plan, the phrase “digital divide” usually meant unequal access to devices like laptops and high-speed internet, a severe disparity. Educator Innovator Blog #edtech #edtechequity #techquity

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit. appeared first on CUE Blog.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. Tagged on: March 31, 2017 The Digital Divide: A Quarter of the Nation Is Without Broadband | Time → Politically, the persistence of the digital gap defies logic. Blog EdTech News News newsThis week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In Blog EdTech News News newsI’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Hip Hughes on episode 155 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You kow, we haven’t closed that digital divide quite yet. However, if you want to sign up for Edpuzzle, use this link as it will give your school access to the 50,000 curated video library on Edpuzzle.

Makerspace Starter Kit Updated

The Daring Librarian

Three years ago I shared with you what I was buying to boost our Makerspace area using four empty Library study carrels that no longer held desktop Macs. Our MHMS Makerspace How it works: Kids can come in before school, during lunch, or when they've finished their work to explore, craft, and create in the Library Media Center. Because, I found that bananas in the library spoil pretty fast! Yet you can go so much further with this digital duct tape."

November 7 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Welcome to week four of this new weekly blog post / email, including the round-up of the week''s news and podcast with Audrey Watters. ANNOUNCEMENTS The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference was a huge success, and all of the session recordings are posted on the site! Audrey is a writer for the NPR education technology blog MindShift , for the data section of O’Reilly Radar , and for the Edutopia blog.

Big Rich Mt. Olympus: Legendary Drama!

The Daring Librarian

Challenge: Limited Technology, Time, & Maximize Engagement A simple shared library book cart loaded with World Book Encyclopedias, pulled mythology books, a MentorMob playlist (embedded below), a Wikipspaces page , and a few MacBooks can = meaningful mythology research! Make sure they initial content for attribution & ownership) Have them trade "papers" or walls to make blog comments, join groups, draw pictures, etc.

Got Charge? Giving Kids the Power!

The Daring Librarian

I've discovered that the mix of the digital divide, possible turbulent home lives, and general teenage forgetfulness results in a loss of power. A few years ago, I was inspired by what I saw during a visit to the Hillwood High School Library in Nashville with the ISTE Board of Directors to support our BYOD pilot program and our kiddos by giving them a place to recharge their devices in school. blog post. 3 Times the Charm?

Social Media Revolution for School Librarians: Keynote Resources for CASL

The Daring Librarian

Check out the Sqworl group : thoughtful ideas, brilliant blogs, and musings for change agents (and my MASL & CASL keynote) cause I''m too lazy to take notes! One last important thought and something I''m gonna blog about in more detail soon! A new digital divide going on: - Those who know how to “think” about search vs. those don’t. You and your library are already, let the world see it!

EduCon: Daring Conversations

The Daring Librarian

Last year I blogged about EduCon from my couch whilst the snow piled up outside around me and I vicariously enjoyed & participated in this innovative concept for an exchange of ideas. Creating a 24/7 Library through blogging, wiki web resources, & Twittering Librarians can up their web presence and promote their practice to the community.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” ” The University of Oregon is seeking the emails of professor William Harbaugh , who operates the blog UOMatters, and his correspondence with the media. ” Via Education Dive : “ Digital ed tech pricing library brings transparency to procurement.” Education Politics.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Before I turn to the President-Elect’s campaign promises and potential education and computer technology policies, I want to note that this Presidential election was influenced by digital technologies in ways that make the “ digital masterminds ” who supposedly helped Obama win re-election pale by comparison: Hacks – perhaps by Russia – of the Democratic National Committee. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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,