When a dollar and a dream isn’t enough

The Hechinger Report

From that dilemma was born the idea for a self-brewing canister, styled like the metal water bottles you see everywhere, and the start-up OurGlass, a company that produces tea brewers for people on the go (or for those who don’t want to die in their video game for tea).

5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

You kow, we haven’t closed that digital divide quite yet. But I also can track that data. You know, there’s nothing wrong with a little “Sanford and Son” with a title in the middle of the video– not only to divide concepts, but again, to make them laugh, draw them in.

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Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

Sprint, headquartered in suburban Kansas City, said students would receive limited LTE data service and unlimited slower service as well as free phone and text service during their four high school years. Sprint Corp.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

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.

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3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

Edsurge

The “digital divide” is still very real. At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide. In some schools, digital tools are driving new models of teaching and learning, ones where technology helps teachers personalize learning so each student can learn at his or her own pace—whether a grade level behind or a grade level ahead of classmates.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” In December, the district won a $15,000 grant from Cellcom, a local cellphone company. The following three resources can help students and families realize the powering of digital learning at home.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

For schools considering 1:1 initiatives, Bring Your Own Device or other digital rollouts, ensuring that students have access to a high-speed internet connection outside of the school building is key. Access to the internet and digital resources is now easier than than just a few years ago.

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

Last week, President Obama announced that the My Brother’s Keeper initiative would be partnering with Sprint Corporation to bring tablets, smartphones, and four years of data service to students who lack internet access at home.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

Basically, these invisible airwaves transmit bits of data—maybe a little like how Mike Teavee was zapped into pieces and transported from one place to another in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Even when these benchmarks are hit and every school can boast a fiber connection, it won’t be nearly enough to close the digital divide.

Three Things to Think About Now that Net Neutrality Rules Are Reversed

Leadership Lounge

District IT departments have so much data on hand about speeds, content, even searches being made on their network. Many providers lately have been heavily involved in the fight to close the digital divide.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

If parents or others get sensitive student data when they shouldn’t because of apps teachers have installed and manage themselves, they and their employers could be liable, according to CIPPA, COPPA, FERPA and other regulations. A digital divide between teachers hurts students.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

There is a concern that without net neutrality, broadband providers would give fast speeds to companies that can pay for it, and slow speeds for those who can’t. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

What does the Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for Schools?

My Paperless Classroom

This means that as an end user you could enjoy the same data speed if you were playing minecraft or if you were researching the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.” is one of the nation’s leading experts in E-rate and is passionate in her work to close the digital divide.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

And, given the scope of privacy and security issues dominating the news (with experts now arguing that we’ve lost control of our personal data , allegations of nation states weaponizing informatics , and ISPs clawing back consumer privacy protections ), we ignore the implications of these ethical dilemmas on schools and students not at our own risk but at their own risk. It revolves around a Montessori-like curriculum and bills itself as a hybrid tech company and education startup.

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Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

There is a concern that without net neutrality, broadband providers would give fast speeds to companies that can pay for it, and slow speeds for those who can’t. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

Successful classroom technology should challenge and support every type of learner without widening the digital divide that’s often found in low-income and rural districts.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

And, given the scope of privacy and security issues dominating the news (with experts now arguing that we’ve lost control of our personal data , allegations of nation states weaponizing informatics , and ISPs clawing back consumer privacy protections ), we ignore the implications of these ethical dilemmas on schools and students not at our own risk but at their own risk. It revolves around a Montessori-like curriculum and bills itself as a hybrid tech company and education startup.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. In 2018, ENA joined forces with a company who share ENA’s same vision and passion for delivering excellence—CatchOn.

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism

Edsurge

Big data, open spaces, employability, utilizing maker movements, balancing innovation and accountability, privacy, collaboration, closing the digital divide, personalized learning, and navigating the hostile political climate were just a few of the concerns the audience members brought up. K-12 schools seeking to innovate must move away from creating ‘coding boot camps’ to more lessons on computational thinking and data analytics.

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

Marketplace K-12

The offer, announced by Sprint and its foundation, also includes 3 gigabytes per month of high-speed LTE data, and then unlimited data at 2 GB speed after that. history to bridge the digital divide.”. The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap.

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

Doug Levin

Education Department is asking schools and districts to take measures to protect data and reinforce IT systems, and if any schools were victimized, to contact the agency’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center for help. Tagged on: July 21, 2017 A complex web of factors influence children’s commercial media literacy | LSE Business Review → If they don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data? Summer.

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Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

There is a concern that without net neutrality, broadband providers would give fast speeds to companies that can pay for it, and slow speeds for those who can’t. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Education

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

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion.

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

The laptops provide access for students in a community where, he says, even a cellphone data plan cannot be taken for granted. Here the digital divide for access is now almost zero,” Porter says of his Chromebook program.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Edsurge

Women entrepreneurs made up more than a third of the presenting companies. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company. One of its investments announced this week is in Aula , a London-based company that just closed a $4.2

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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