PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures

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This early report represents a 19 percent response rate so far and includes data from nearly 500 districts across 49 states and covers a wide range of both urban and rural regions. When researchers diced the survey data up by income, they discovered less than a half hour difference in school time between low- and high-income districts. This digital divide had enormous consequences for what instruction meant.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ready or not, digital transformation has come to education. Here’s some current context for technology in education : Just over 4 out of 5 schools (82%) primarily use digital tools to communication with parents (while 18% use analog methods like letters and phone calls). A significant majority of parents (76%) prefer digital communication when it comes to schools (and most—81%–say they’re satisfied with those communication methods). Address the digital divide.

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Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


But a staggering number of families lack access to the digital tools required for learning at home. For schools across the country, there is a digital chasm. Source: Pew Research Center Companies like ours are currently experiencing unprecedented demand.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

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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. “Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in the company’s announcement Tuesday. Sprint Corp.

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). Another analysis by digital divide expert Kathryn Finney found that black women-led start-ups comprised less than .2 Andre Perry Columnists Higher Ed News Business Data and research STEM Technology access

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. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide. Most of the cable companies are providing free access, but parents might need education about these opportunities. What education can be delivered on cell phone hot spots… keeping limited data in mind?

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


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.

Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work


Baker’s experience was reflected in the results of a survey sent by BrightBytes, an education data company, from April to June 15. The data was then sent to Baker’s team at UPenn for analysis. Source (for all charts in article): BrightBytes survey Such findings are not surprising to Baker, who notes that they reaffirm the existence of the “ digital divide ,” or unequal access to technology across different communities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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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. However for many students there is a struggle to provide that access at home so they can access those digital resources away from the classroom. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

5G for Education Is Finally Here. First Stop? Cleveland.


By supporting schools in low-incomes areas and helping them access high-quality learning technology, the program aims to increase equity and close the digital divide in education. The company landed on Breakthrough because of its existing technology infrastructure, district leadership support and proximity to Cleveland, which Verizon announced in the spring would be one of 30 cities getting access to 5G before the year was up. The company’s goal is to connect 100 U.S.

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. We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”. There is still a digital divide in classrooms based on what technology is being used and how.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side


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. We’re witnessing waves of technology skepticism and dread, with multiple Facebook debacles , the publication of new critiques about the negative impacts of tech giants, and rising concern about privacy in an age of growing big data and AI. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access.

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. According to Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure, the company aims to complete distribution to 1 million low income young people within five years.

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. The educational landscape is now littered with cyber or virtual schools because ed tech companies promised that they would reach hard-to-educate as well as black and Latino students and create efficiencies in low-funded districts.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. And a recent article in EdSurge, “ Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access ,” shared several more ideas that districts, government agencies, and telecommunications companies have advanced. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha


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. After a license is obtained, schools can partner with a telecom company to provide broadband service to homes. But Windhausen also theorizes—as others have—that the FCC wants telecom companies to use the 2.5

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


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. So if the system doesn’t work as planned, the company can be held accountable to make it right. Teachers adopting tools willy-nilly don’t have any clout individually with software companies.

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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. If these companies are truly dedicated to ensuring access for all students, they might be willing to work with districts to give them the fast lanes for discounted prices.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Perhaps a digital learning journal could be employed to promote reflection. Data collection for planning. Data collection for planning.

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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. But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

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.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

One example is, if a large company wanted to get content online and target to more viewers, they could pay a significant sum to ensure their content was accessible, while the worry is, if net neutrality is reversed, is that smaller organizations, schools, and nonprofits would lose out on access to viewers because they couldn’t afford to get their content into the hands of viewers. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Educatio

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. With the ruling this week from the US supreme courts we could see ISPs charging companies and content providers more to have upload access to the Internet. No one knows for sure, but I would bet this is really bad news for that digital divide we are always fretting about.

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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Teachers use high and low-tech means to reach English Language Learners during coronavirus crisis

The Hechinger Report

Administrators at Dorchester School District Two in suburban Summerville, South Carolina, were well aware of the digital divide when they decided to give students both paper and online resources after shuttering schools because of coronavirus. percent of all school-age children in the fall of 2016, the last year for which such data is available.

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


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. When each student is being met on his or her level with engaging, scaffolded digital content, teachers have more time to work with high needs or disinterested students who might benefit from additional support and attention.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

One example is, if a large company wanted to get content online and target to more viewers, they could pay a significant sum to ensure their content was accessible, while the worry is, if net neutrality is reversed, is that smaller organizations, schools, and nonprofits would lose out on access to viewers because they couldn’t afford to get their content into the hands of viewers. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Educatio

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. In 2018, ENA joined forces with a company who share ENA’s same vision and passion for delivering excellence—CatchOn.

Net Neutrality: What's Happening in DC?

Leadership Lounge

One example is, if a large company wanted to get content online and target to more viewers, they could pay a significant sum to ensure their content was accessible, while the worry is, if net neutrality is reversed, is that smaller organizations, schools, and nonprofits would lose out on access to viewers because they couldn’t afford to get their content into the hands of viewers. CONNECT WITH US: Website | Center for Digital Education. Facebook | Center for Digital Educatio

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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.” Dr. Abshire pointed out that the challenges for today’s district leaders include protecting students’ data and other information, filtering content, and establishing acceptable use policies for students and teachers. is one of the nation’s leading experts in E-rate and is passionate in her work to close the digital divide.

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


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.

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. A 2015 Pew Research Center report revealed that the disconnected included 5 million households with school-aged children, who either couldn’t afford home broadband or lived in rural areas avoided by for-profit internet companies.

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

In this majority-Latino school of 1,100 students, 84 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a federal measure of poverty, school principal David Porter says making the devices readily available is a significant part of an effort to develop digital literacy for students who might otherwise be left behind. The laptops provide access for students in a community where, he says, even a cellphone data plan cannot be taken for granted.