Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

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. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps I thought it would be useful to sketch in some background on how technology is actually being used in classrooms across the US, in an effort to create some necessary context.

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Bridging the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Curriculum Management MobilityBy Ryan Petersen Innovative schools are working to turn things around for underserved students.

Is Classroom Technology Really Narrowing the Digital Divide? [Quiz]

Edsurge

So, the question remains, is technology in the classroom a hindrance or an opportunity? As schools strive to make information accessible to all students, technology provides great solutions. At the same time, it often presents its own set of challenges to overcome. Take our quiz, and see what you learn! Having trouble viewing? Click here to see the quiz full screen. Education Technology Technology Trends Technology Tips Student Success Teaching & Learning Diversity and Equity

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

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. Digital divide: facts and figures. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country. A focus on the technology needs of modern schools and a commitment to collaboration will close help us continue to close the digital divide.

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. The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school.

Here’s how family tech nights help close the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

Smartphones have been around for 10 years now, but in education, the shifts are vastly different within our classrooms. How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways. He became the classroom expert and started helping others.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. 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. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

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

EdTech Magazine

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.

We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap.

Edsurge

First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. School districts across the country are upgrading networks and integrating more classroom technology, and smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous across socioeconomic lines. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide. Previously, the digital participation divide seemed to revolve around access time.

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

eSchool News

For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. Most debates center on choosing the best classroom hardware to bridge the gap: ‘Should we try to get a laptop on every desk? The subtler, but no less harmful, digital divide is between the students who are empowered to be creators and problem solvers with technology, and those who aren’t.

Canada’s Digital Divide: How Wide is it and Can it be Solved?

Kajeet

An infographic on “ Technology in the Classroom ” created by Nelson, an educational publisher in Canada, revealed 71 percent of students feel positively about technology in the classroom.

Maine’s Statewide Laptop Program Boosts Tech Access, but Digital Divide Persists

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom computers can’t boost student outcomes if educators don’t know how to use them innovatively. Classroom Digital Content Hardware Notebooks

As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Data Center Management Network Monitoring Professional Development TrainingBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Annual survey finds that low-income school districts are still lagging behind their peers.

Schools bridge the digital divide

FETC Converge

Ensuring all students have equal access to educational technology—both in the classroom and at home—often requires innovation. Uncategorized digital resources digital toolkit Educational technology Open Education Resources school administratorsEducators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community. Read more at District Administration.

Announcing the 2018 Kajeet Homework Gap Grant!

Kajeet

In 2018, Kajeet will be awarding 15 Homework Gap Grants to school districts in need of providing safe, filtered Internet solutions to connect students outside the classroom. Homework Gap Digital Divide WiFi for StudentsKajeet has officially opened our 2018 Homework Gap Grant!

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide. Ray Allen, a retired basketball player in his 40s who last played for the Miami Heat in 2014, was visiting the school on behalf of his Ray of Hope Foundation , not to scout the next great ball player, but to bring a gift: a classroom computer lab outfitted with modern technology. Our classrooms still look the same as when most of us adults went to school,” said Allen. “I

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Ex: travel If you are a crappy teacher with bad classroom management who sits at their computer checking email all day, don''t do BYOD. Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help. We can no longer depend on textbooks for accurate information.

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school. But the number of pupils with fast connectivity starts to dwindle as they move away from their K-12 hubs—and the divide deepens even further when issues like socioeconomic status, income, and race are taken into account.

Texas Education Agency and Verizon enable distance learning for 18.9M students in 16 states

eSchool News

For students across Texas and around the country, bridging the digital divide and providing reliable Internet connectivity that enables distance learning for students without Internet access are among the top priorities for state governments, school districts, teachers and parents alike.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. During the conversation, I could sense the frustration teachers feel when they stand before classrooms where large number of students barely have a home to go to in the evenings, much less their own technological devices to bring and use within school.

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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. 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.

5 things districts are doing to close the homework gap

eSchool News

Despite a brighter spotlight on digital equity, gaps still remain, including the troubling and persistent homework gap–but a newly-relaunched digital equity toolkit aims to highlight the important work districts across the nation are taking to address equity differences.

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families. “Ask any teacher, Do they use internet in the classroom? I think of the homework gap as the new digital divide, but I think it’s a divide that’s within our power to bridge and fix.”

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

Indiana Jen

What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? Limited access to the internet or other resources is what we often call the “ Digital Divide ;” it often impacts students who are low-income, especially those in rural areas. What can educators do on an individual level to support students who are on the other side of the digital divide?

Chaos Learning: Classroom vs Online?

My Island View

The greatest problem exposed is the digital divide caused by the economic divide. Zip codes still determine quality of education even more in a digital system. There are many drawbacks in digital systems that were less of an obstacle in face-to-face environments. Getting to kids of large families with only one digital device in the family is a big issue. Giving individual time to each student digitally is another problem that needs to be addressed.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

Not long ago, mobile devices were considered perfect for any past-time activity, and had no place in the classroom. There are plenty of concerns about implementing BYOD in the classroom, which makes many educators unwilling to plunge in this still new pool.

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BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. My fellow panelists were: Jessica Herring , 7th Grade English teacher and practitioner of BYOD in the classroom at Benton Middle School outside of Little Rock, Arkansas Dr. Tim Clark , Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia.

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Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

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. The activity falls short, but not because of an inherent problem with the program or its application in the classroom. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. By Heidi Moore.

Close the Digital Learning Gap: How One District Tackled Tech Disparity in the Classroom

Edsurge

In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. Promethean: How did Palmdale Schools double down on digital for its students?

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. Think of these 21st Century kids entering 20th Century classrooms. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc?

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

It was inevitable that the mobile phone would be brought into the classroom, with or without 'permission'. There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide. Some teachers have no strong views about BYOD, but for those who are actually implementing BYOD in the classroom, there are claims of positive outcomes. Mobile learning is on the rise.

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms. To make the best use of the technology, and to try to give every student a comparable digital learning experience, teachers need professional development, says Kim Buryanek, associate superintendent of Sioux City Community School District in Iowa. Buryanek recently talked with EdTech about how her district is tackling the challenge of digital equity one teacher and one mobile hotspot at a time.