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

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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.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

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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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The Universal Laptop Program Helping One State Narrow the Digital Divide

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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.

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

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My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”. billion Emergency Connectivity Fund, which allows schools to apply for funds to pay for home broadband and devices for their students. Our world is digital literacy now.

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

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

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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. According to Pew Research, 79 percent of surveyed middle and high school teachers report allowing students to access homework online with 76 percent allowing students to submit assignments online. Bridging this divide expands the customer base for their services and the rest of the digital economy.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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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.

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

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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.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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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.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

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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.

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

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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. Education Technology Surveys ResearchA whopping 98 percent of U.S.

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

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Since before the pandemic, Benjamin Skinner has been researching broadband access and how lack of home internet impacts students’ ability to do online work. What no one talks enough about is that “we have a digital divide right within suburban and urban areas as well,” he said.

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.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

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

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Now adding to that list is one of the most thorough efforts—a new survey from Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund , a nonprofit that provides grants to education technology and innovation efforts. 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.

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.)

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

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This issue constitutes a new civil right; the right to digital equity; the right to connect to needed resources — anywhere, anytime. In 2014, nearly 75 percent of school systems surveyed did not have any off-campus strategies for providing connectivity to students at home and after school. E2D, Eliminate the Digital Divide , a non-profit organization has been formed, and together, their collective impact is making strong headway.

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

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Educators and digital equity advocates have tried a number of solutions to close the so-called “homework gap,” from deploying mobile hotspots to getting help from local businesses , but the problem has persisted. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

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

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During a forum hosted by public policy think tank New America to discuss this new data, Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting FCC Chairwoman, called the homework gap “an especially cruel” part of the digital divide that existed long before the pandemic. It has been digitized.

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

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And while systems might not continue to operate as 100 percent virtual schools in a post-COVID world, better access to learning technology is no longer negotiable in this increasingly-digital world. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

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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A Strada Public Viewpoint survey released in June found that Black and Latino students are more likely than white students to have changed or canceled their education plans because of the pandemic. It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education.

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?

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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Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning. Their family does not have a computer or broadband internet at home, so the siblings have to take turns sharing their mom’s phone to access online lessons. The digital divide.

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The Friday 4: Your weekly ed-tech rewind

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Read on for more: Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide? 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. According to Pew Research, 79 percent of surveyed middle and high school teachers report allowing students to access homework online with 76 percent allowing students to submit assignments online.

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. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

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

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The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student. When we started all of this, it wasn’t because we wanted to get broadband in every classroom,” Marwell said. “We We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”.

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

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The Miami-Dade school district, for example, adopted a plan back in 2012 to close the digital divide. But more work needs to be done to shrink the digital divide. This story was produced as part of the nine-part series “Are We Ready?

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Case Study: Chicago Connected

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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.

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

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The superintendent in Lincoln, Nebraska, says a district survey this past fall found that 10% of parents liked remote learning – pandemic or not. The digital pivot made some districts solve preexisting tech gaps. Federal funds help narrow the digital divide.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

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Common Sense Education provides digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities with a goal of empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Free resources include ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites, designed to help teachers find and use the best digital tools for their classrooms. The organization also organizes the Speak Up survey each year. Organization: Digital Promise.

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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

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includes reading challenges, craft projects, and games where students can earn digital badges online. . Digital book loans have skyrocketed, with children’s e-book checkouts more than doubling since the COVID-19 closures began, according to a report from NPR.

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.

As School Year Approaches, Parents and Educators Struggle with Uncertainty

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At the same time, districts are surveying parents and teachers to find out if they are willing to go back at all. Nicol Turner Lee, an expert on educational technology and digital divides at the Brookings Institution, is in frequent consultation with districts around the country.

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. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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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. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. The school district is working to raise money for more computers and technology training, hoping to better prepare its students for an increasingly digitized economy. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.