Path to Digital Equity: Why We Need to Address the Digital Divide with Solutions Around Adoption

Digital Promise

Simultaneously, every learner and community is equipped with connected devices, learning content, digital literacy skills, technical support, and a reliable, high-speed internet connection. Skills in digital use and digital literacy among learners and communities can support adoption.

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Satellite Broadband Is Expanding. Can That Reduce the Digital Divide?

ED Surge

During the pandemic, broadband access became more pressing than ever for education, as schools and colleges suddenly shifted most teaching online. And that sudden shift exposed inequities in who has access to broadband.

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The U.S. needs billions to close the digital divide

eSchool News

As Americans close out one year of pandemic-related school disruption and head into a second, the digital divide remains a daunting challenge for K-12 public school systems in most states.

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How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it.

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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. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.

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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.

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The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Most of these households, he said, “have infrastructure available at their home but they just can’t afford to sign up for a broadband service.” In 43 states, that affordability gap accounts for the largest share of the digital divide, according to the EducationSuperHighway report.

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The Universal Laptop Program Helping One State Narrow the Digital Divide

Edsurge

And one, Mississippi, has made important strides in closing the digital divide through a pandemic response plan that took each school district’s unique needs and challenges into account. It is worth remembering that the digital divide is not an all or nothing phenomenon.

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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. Digital divide: facts and figures. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

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The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

Edsurge

In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. When schools closed last March, roughly 16 million U.S.

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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.

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A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

EdTech Magazine

When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution.

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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. The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.” The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We

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Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes. Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

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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 that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country. A focus on the technology needs of modern schools and a commitment to collaboration will close help us continue to close the digital divide.

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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.

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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.”. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”. Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. How long has the “digital divide” been on your radar?

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Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

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. However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage. Affordable home access is a key component of achieving success in today’s digital world.

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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.

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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.

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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. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded. According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise.

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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. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

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Kajeet Awards $550,000 To 22 Organizations for Purchasing Connectivity Solutions That Drive Digital Inclusion in Education

eSchool News

To further the mission of closing the Digital Divide for students across the United States, each grant recipient will receive up to $25,000, which they may use for any combination of Kajeet Education Broadband solutions, including WiFi hotspots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks and routers.

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3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. 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. percent of American households with school-age children currently have broadband access at home. This will certainly help diminish the data divide that we face today.”.

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High-speed internet is a basic necessity–not a luxury–when it comes to learning

eSchool News

The digital divide–the gap between people who have access to modern information and communications technology and those who do not – is a major issue. million Americans lack home broadband access.

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FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families. subsidy to broadband, wireless, or a bundled voice and internet package. The Commission took a first step toward improving digital equity for students at home,” he said in a statement.

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OPINION: How targeted federal action could finally chip away at the broadband racism faced by Black students

The Hechinger Report

Pandemic-era lockdowns put an unmistakable spotlight on digital equity — particularly for K-12 students. But nowhere is the digital divide larger than in the Black rural South. In some cases, attacking costs most effectively may require public ownership of broadband networks.

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Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

Edsurge

The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. That Broadband Gap Bar? schools had high-speed broadband connections. A different nonprofit, Connected Nation, has picked up EducationSuperHighway’s broadband baton.

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Kajeet to Bring Next-Gen Private 5G to Schools & Students Across America in Partnership with Google Cloud

eSchool News

The goal of the partnership is to help transform the future of education by: Connecting the unconnected students and communities with high-quality wireless Internet and Close the Digital Divide once and for all. MCLEAN, Va.–(

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Kajeet Announces Launch of 2022 Homework Gap Grant Program for K-12 Schools and Districts, Colleges and Universities, and Public Libraries

eSchool News

At Kajeet, we believe internet access is a basic human right and are fully committed to efforts aimed at closing the digital divide,” said Daniel J. and Canada lack home broadband access, putting a staggering number of school-aged children at a serious learning disadvantage.

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NTIA NOFO Prioritizes Broadband Affordability Gap and Connecting Unserved Households in MDUs

Education Superhighway

Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released three Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program ($42.5 As part of the launch, the U.S.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. Opponents of the measure say that it strikes a blow to rural broadband access, particularly for homes, and thus misses a crucial opportunity to help close the homework gap. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

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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.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

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Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?

eSchool News

How K-12 school districts can help extend broadband access to their surrounding communities. When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.

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New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”.

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Savvas Learning Company Teams Up with EveryoneOn to Provide Free WiFi to 100 Families to Support Digital Learning at Home

eSchool News

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Savvas enables teachers to better connect with students by helping to close the digital divide. EveryoneOn.org is a nonprofit that works to connect low-income families to affordable Internet service, computers, and other digital resources.

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Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiAt Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library. The devices, paired with school laptop computers, give students online access outside school hours for homework.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide.

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