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

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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. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Education Research

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

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

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Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

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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

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

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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. Technology is transforming education, the change is as inevitable as that which the printing press brought to education. Digital divide: facts and figures. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

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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.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to auction off part of the wireless spectrum reserved for education. It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

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. Whether it’s used for homework-assignment web searches, streamed video tutorials, educational apps or collaborative multimedia projects, fast internet at home is rapidly turning into a necessity for America’s students. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

#LearningIs mobile

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Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive. 1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones. Significant problems include a lack of broadband connectivity in various parts of the world.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

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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. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

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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. would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top New

Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

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Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. As one of the researchers explained, you can’t fully understand how families are experiencing digital inequity if you only talk to those reachable through the internet.)

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

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Kajeet, a provider of safe mobile student internet connectivity, has launched its 2016 campaign to highlight the “real action heroes” in school districts working to close the Homework Gap for their students. As part of the campaign to celebrate educators and administrators, Kajeet created four Homework Gap Heroes to help champion the cause. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

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The Internet Broadband Expansion for Minnesota Students grants help provide students with the high-speed internet connections needed to complete homework and access other online learning opportunities. The funding also will be used to purchase wireless hotspots, data cards, and other mobile broadband devices that students will be able to check out for use at home. Too many Minnesota students are on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

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Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. The grant will fund a pilot program providing 1,500 tablet computers, preloaded with educational content, to families in Georgia who are enrolling in Cox Communications’ Connect2Compete discounted internet service program. ” Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999.

The elephant in the room

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Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored. Some even talk about the 'digital dividend', which to me sounds very much like a neat side step around the main issue. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture. Not everyone can participate in the digital society. Lack of broadband infrastructure.

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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It’s a problem that many educators have been grappling with for years, but one that has been exacerbated—and made more public—by COVID-19: Many students lack sufficient internet connections at home to be able to complete their schoolwork. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. Findley educators and staff distribute food and supplies to families. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

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It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education. If you look at data from the National Center for Education Statistics, you can see steady gains made between 2000 and 2018. But the benefits of a higher education are not simply economic.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Johnson also didn’t want her children to go through the next two months with no educational tools beyond the worksheets she’d picked up from the Greenville Public School District and limited access to online materials through Kentiona’s phone, shared between the four of them.

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

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To support digital inclusion, Kajeet will provide one year of free internet connectivity hardware and patented Kajeet® managed service to equity-focused organizations. Kajeet remains laser-focused on closing the digital divide, and this grant program is another step in our journey.”.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

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The report is the work of the COVID Collaborative, a coalition of education, health and economic experts, written by the former directors of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

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Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. But Parkland school leaders are taking proactive steps to improve digital equity. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district?

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

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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. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52% of teachers in more affluent schools. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. Mobile Beacon.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. Read part 1 , part 2 (about audio) , part 3 (about video) , and part 4 (about mobile tech in education). When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

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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.” For those preparing to take on the challenge, Digital Promise can provide guidance and help planning for each step along the way. The digital divide has been bridged, and every learner now has access — at school and at home.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

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education system. and globe accelerate toward the use of renewable energy to fuel power grids, there is an acute pressure to build an educated workforce and a knowledgeable public who will understand and support these changes. Tara Ketner, Director of Client Success, Aperture Education.

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Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

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And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.

Case Study: Chicago Connected

Education Superhighway

With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the philanthropic community, and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) recognized a historic opportunity to eliminate broadband accessibility as a barrier to digital learning.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

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The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements? By Robert Low.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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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. In 2016, I took this belief a step further with the introduction of the Digital Dreamers program, a $30 million technology overhaul for the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), the third-largest school district in Georgia. Building the Digital Dream.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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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. Related: Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?