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Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

School officials in the seaside town scrambled to purchase enough devices for all their students to learn online last year after the pandemic hurtled kids out of buildings. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

Ramos, used to texting quickly, was able to do simple assignments online, so at first her schoolwork was very easy. We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. RELATED: A parent-led effort to close the digital divide.

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The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital 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. to tackle the broadband affordability gap.

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

The Hechinger Report

That means we must prepare now for the potential that colleges and universities that swiftly shifted to online instruction as the pandemic swept through the country and forced campuses to shutter will have to continue, and even ramp up, those efforts in September.

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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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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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Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

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. He added that there needs to be better measures of reporting broadband data.

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Congress is cutting the funds that could have closed the homework gap

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. million broadband connections, according to the FCC.

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Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

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. It has been digitized.

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School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

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FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

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School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. Congress Joint Economic Committee reported that nearly 12 million children lived in homes without a broadband connection, but the problem made few headlines.

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School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. Congress Joint Economic Committee reported that nearly 12 million children lived in homes without a broadband connection, but the problem made few headlines.

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Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. More recent studies show that the summer is a pivotal period for student learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We What Experts Say We Need for Distance Learning.

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

eSchool News

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.

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Partnerships in Oakland and New York City Aim to Leave No Home Left Offline

Education Superhighway

In our work to close the broadband affordability gap for the 18 million U.S. Local leaders can make an immediate impact on the digital divide in their community by launching an Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) awareness campaign. Learn more.

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

Edsurge

Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. Students and families who are considered under-connected are those who have internet access and devices in their home, but not at a caliber or quality sufficient for smooth and consistent online learning.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. 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.

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

Edsurge

Clearly, remote learning is here to stay, at least for the next few months. In recognition of that reality, a new report has outlined “10 ways to make online learning work,” covering a range of best practices.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. In Arizona, the House Education Committee introduced HB2421 , a bill allowing for schools to create distance learning courses.

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

The Hechinger Report

Her high school had recently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to distance learning. The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families.

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Equity Isn’t Just About Technology. It’s About Supporting Students and Families.

Edsurge

And research indicates that students from low-income backgrounds could fall further behind their peers if learning stops too long and the country sinks into recession. But the term doesn’t just mean equipping students with the same devices and broadband access.

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29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. That’s why district leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative.

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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. Surveying 3,210 teachers, 1,163 principals, 1,219 district administrators and 2,696 students across the country, the report offers one of the most comprehensive looks at their attitudes toward digital learning tools and how they use them. That’s music to the ears of industry leaders who have funded and built many of these digital tools.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

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. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM

Edsurge

Her boldest claim: That her administration would close the digital divide by 2020 with 100 percent of American families having the "option" of quality broadband. She pledged that her administration would commit $10 billion in federal funding toward students enrolling in “promising new programs—such as nanodegrees, accelerated learning programs for computer coding, career and technical training, certificates for “specializations,” and online learning.”

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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

MindShift

They posted it to the library’s YouTube channel as part of their new summer programming, the majority of which is taking place online due to COVID-19. . Learn. , all of which is happening online. Learn.” Louis Public Library have moved completely online.

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65 ways equity, edtech, and innovation shone in 2022

eSchool News

Not surprisingly, many of this year’s Top 10 focused on innovative ways to engage students, digital resources, and online and hybrid learning strategies related to post-pandemic teaching. And now, we head into our third year of learning during a global pandemic.

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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

Diablo Unified School District in California, one of the biggest changes and challenges was her district’s sudden switch during the summer from a return to schools to going entirely online at the start of the new school year. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. " Tagged on: July 23, 2017 Education Division Strategic Plan | National Governors Association → NGA's Education Division has a new strategic plan (2017-2020), which includes a focus on personalized learning. Enter personalized learning (PL)."

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School During the Pandemic

MindShift

Few people would tell you that online kindergarten was a good idea, or frankly even possible. The number has fluctuated as cases rise across the country, but throughout this fall pandemic semester, between 40% and 60% of students have been enrolled in districts that offer only remote learning, according to a tracker maintained by the company Burbio. And even in hybrid districts, some students have been learning remotely, either part or full time.

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Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Do you co-learn with a classroom across the globe? See you online!