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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.”.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Building the Digital Dream.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? Learn more.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide".

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. When McClary joined the district as the manager of educational technology in 2014, progress was less than stellar.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

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. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. The bird’s-eye results: 65 percent of teachers say they use digital learning tools every day; 87 percent report using them at least a few days each week.

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Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

Edsurge

boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools. Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. on Thursday, at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference.

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

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

Mission Accomplished: EducationSuperHighway Announces Closure of the K-12 Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Ninety-nine percent of America’s schools now have high-speed broadband connections capable of providing enough bandwidth to enable their students and teachers to use technology in the classroom. million teachers in 83,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. Students were excited about learning. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

Education Superhighway

A new school year means new opportunities, ambitious learning goals, and heightened prospects for kids, but for millions of our nation’s students, those opportunities come with an asterisk. High-speed broadband equalizes educational opportunity and accelerates learning.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Technology Leadership.

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New Report Highlights How Close Are We To Closing the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Since EducationSuperHighway began, creating digital learning opportunities for all children has motivated us to ensure that digital equity is a nationwide reality in our education system. Why Digital Equity Matters.