Smartphone Learning

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Mobile technologies have changed over the years: from the early PDAs, Blackberrys and feature phones with texting capability and cameras, to tablets and eReaders to the ubiquitous smartphones of today. According to the ECAR 2016 Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology , 96% of undergraduate students now own a smartphone. Smartphones have clearly emerged as the mobile technology of choice, while the tablet, eReader and wearable technology ownership has dropped off.

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


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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The Internet of Things in K-12


billion in 2018, while Statista estimates that there will be close to 31 billion connected smartphones, wearables, smart watches, cars, and other devices by the end of 2020. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Data and TrendsFrom smart toys and clothing to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our lives, and its influence and reach are only going to keep expanding.

Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap

eSchool News

This is the chasm between the homes with and those without access to quality broadband. In both rural and urban settings, many students are obtaining their wi-fi signals using smartphones as hotspots at a rate that isn’t sustainable for their cellular plans. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News internet Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top NewsA new program is helping students connect to devices and internet after the last bell. The achievement gap.

Poor internet access hinders Hispanics’ educational success

eSchool News

Hispanic Americans are not meeting the economic, educational, and healthcare successes of other ethnic group peers due to inadequate broadband internet access, according to a recent study by The Hispanic Institute. Next page: Can smartphones increase the opportunity for internet access? Broadband and internet News Top News New report offers recommendations to help Hispanic communities access better resources, opportunities.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. Devices available through the project are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hotspots. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband NewsSprint Corp.

What's the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

A new survey on mobile learning from Project Tomorrow shows that today's schools are relying increasingly on students having experience with devices like smartphones and tablets to engage in modern curriculum. Classroom Digital Content Mobile Broadband Mobile Device Management MobilityFrank Smith Mobile devices are more prevalent in K–12 classrooms than ever.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. There is no quick fix to addressing accessibility and broadband internet access is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity.

Texas district upgrades fiber optic network

eSchool News

CFISD is building a 100G network with the vision of providing students and staff ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ broadband access so they can easily interact and collaborate with peers and engage in distance learning initiatives. ” IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsNew 100G high-capacity network will support 128,000 students and staff across Houston.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. Students who get a smartphone can also use it as a hotspot, and for unlimited calls and texts in the United States, while on a Sprint network. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

For many Americans, going without broadband internet would be like giving up water or electricity because it’s a means to their livelihood. Specifically, over nine million children don’t have broadband at home.

Tools and strategies to make remote learning click for all students


don’t have a broadband connection and don’t own a laptop or computer. This means some of your students may only be connecting to your lessons through smartphones and data plans.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access


And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. A separate Pew Research Center survey found that 17 percent of adults access the internet exclusively through smartphones. Emergency online teaching. Remote delivery of instruction. Or just plain online learning.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

These rural districts face the four significant challenges: broadband access, funding, people, and understanding the “why.” Broadband access has become more critical in the last year and a half than ever before.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

During the pandemic, many districts have addressed this gap by handing out personal hotspot devices (similar to routers) or smartphones, or provided mobile Wi-Fi on school buses to kids lacking internet.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

According to the latest survey data from the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults have broadband internet at home. About 17 percent of adults access the internet from home through a smartphone only.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades. The number of devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones your network is supporting. Through an annual application process, school districts can request funding for the infrastructure and implementation of broadband and Wi-Fi.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

EdTech Magazine

Kajeet ’s ConnectEdNow campaign , announced in June, aims to make broadband access more affordable by providing students with portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices, a $200 mobile device subsidy and discounted data plans from Verizon , T-Mobile and other LTE providers. Broadband access still is limited in some rural areas. Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap? eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:15.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Pew research suggests just 24 percent of US adults with less than a high-school diploma have home broadband access, while further Pew research indicates 95 percent of U.S. We typically hear that while most learners own smartphones, they are “only” using them for things like social media and text messaging. Tasks such as using a smartphone to find the answer to a simple question—say, “What famous person was born today?”—provide

Low Tech? No Problem. Here are 3 Alternative Ways to Help Distance Learning Happen.


According to a 2019 Pew Research Center report, 96 percent of adults own a cell phone and 81 percent own a smartphone. And some corporations have designed higher education and workforce training micro-courses intended for smartphones.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide


For instance if you only have one laptop with broadband access that requires a teacher sign-in, then look at designing project-based learning modules with teams of students where online research is simply one component of a larger project. Your matrix may reveal that many of your students have passable hand-held devices like smartphones that could assist with their homework assignments.

Digital Divide


According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of American homes have internet and broadband access. How do we assist those students who don’t have internet access to obtain the proper access to broadband? Today, most students have smartphones, partially due to accessibility; with cellphone providers providing unlimited data for cheaper prices than ever before, the access is there. Is there a digital divide in our schools?

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective


She shares one computer with her family of five, lacks home internet access and uses a smartphone to connect online. Only 60 percent of these families had access to computers or broadband internet at home. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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Nova Launches National Youth Science Communication Initiative: Nova Science Studio

eSchool News

NOVA Science Studio, which will engage students remotely during the 2021 school year, includes workshops on storytelling, interviewing, filming, and editing, among other areas, and focuses on using devices like smartphones as the primary tool for shooting and editing. As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Bush called for universal broadband access in America by 2007. Home broadband is increasingly a must-have for education.

Digital Equity: Investigating the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

My goals for the work-study program were to find out: how innovative school districts and governments are undertaking digital-equity strategies that connect homes and locations outside of school to enable learning; new financial models that could be deployed to connect low-income families to broadband networks; and the importance of new partnerships with community foundations, governments, and nonprofits working with school systems to address digital inequities.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

Some students — and their parents — may have smartphones with adequate speed and data plans, allowing students to connect to the phone as an Internet hotspot for their laptops or Chromebooks. But families who are 23 percent below the median income level and 33 percent below the poverty line are under-connected, having mobile-only access (smartphones) and constrained connectivity due to service interruptions and/or too many users for a single device.

Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


households with less than $30,000 in income have broadband at home. We provide a service that allows educators to communicate with students and their families on any cell phone, even if they don’t have smartphones or internet access.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

When asked about the hurdles that happened due to schools closing on March 13th, 2020, all four presenters agreed that broadband, not devices, challenged their districts to provide equitable access to learning no matter their districts’ geographic location or demographics. By Eileen Belastock.

Education Is the New Healthcare, and Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing


Today, 95 percent of teenagers have access to a smartphone, and the average teen is now spending more than 7 hours per day on their screens , including over 1.5

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Addressing Technology Addiction In Your Kids

Georgia Test Prep

All of this wonderful technology—smartphones, broadband internet, social media, and so on—came to us at a time when we were already relatively mature. Kids these days have it way different from how we had it.

Tools That Help English Language Learners Online and In Person


are more likely to have smartphones than traditional computers or broadband internet at home than white adults. Heather Bradley is an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she teaches adult ESOL students.

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


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. But time with tablets and smartphones is triple what it was in 2013. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and inexpensive tablets, the mobile device gap has all but disappeared. A whopping 98 percent of U.S.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.