Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

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. Bridging this divide expands the customer base for their services and the rest of the digital economy.

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. I want to say thank you for your accomplishments and your efforts to close the digital divide,” Bulnes told Allen. Acer isn’t stopping at touch screens — the company is looking ahead to emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality for the education market. “We He's a writer, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all-around digital guy

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

Edsurge

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’s goal is to connect 100 U.S.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

“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.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

A blogger , speaker, author, technology advocate and prominent voice in social media, Rafranz Davis aims to bridge the digital divide in schools. He knows pedagogy isn’t something to be forgotten in any digital endeavor. You know the saying “The only constant is change”.

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Partnerships Highlight: Cox Communications and STEM Education

MIND Research Institute

As a technology company, we know the value of STEM education, and are thrilled to support MIND and the 2016 Math Fair. Collaboration. Community. Social Responsibility.

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

The Hechinger Report

Kids from black and Latino communities — who are often already on the wrong side of the digital divide — will face greater inequalities if we go too far toward digitizing education without considering how to check the inherent biases of the (mostly white) developers who create AI systems.

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 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.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

After a license is obtained, schools can partner with a telecom company to provide broadband service to homes. He points to Desert Sands Unified, a rural California district that used its license to partner with a local telecom company to provide home service.

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

According to Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure, the company aims to complete distribution to 1 million low income young people within five years. On the one hand, the program marks an encouraging effort to close stubborn digital divides between rich and poor students.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

Edsurge

Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet. While most schools in the U.S.

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

Leadership Lounge

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.

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

TeacherCast

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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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The sharing culture that marks the maker movement carries over into maker technology companies in that they often make their software and hardware open source. Originally published at [link].

Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

Edsurge

As textbook giants shift to all-digital products that integrate homework, students are essentially forced to buy digital materials from publishers to turn in their assignments. Students Seek Workarounds Some students have sought ways around buying digital homework systems.

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 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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A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The sharing culture that marks the maker movement carries over into maker technology companies in that they often make their software and hardware open source. Originally published at [link]. https://www.thinglink.com/scene/575147870160683008.

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

The company has developed a number of sophisticated software programs and mobile apps designed to encourage greater customization in education. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom.

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We must not shut low-income students out of computer sciences

The Hechinger Report

I tell her about what I do and how my company addresses society’s need to educate citizens for millions of unfilled jobs — in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs, as well as jobs in computing. Idit Harel.

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).

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.

?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 Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Peer deals generally require districts to do a bit of research into what other districts are paying, either by asking around or through price transparency tools, such as EducationSuperHighway’s Compare & Connect or the Universal Service Administrative Company’s open data platform.

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.

Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM

Edsurge

Her boldest claim: That her administration would close the digital divide by 2020 with 100 percent of American families having the "option" of quality broadband. She also hopes to facilitate the training of 50,000 computer science teachers over the next ten years by engaging private sector companies, increasing federal aid and supporting a wider array of professional development programs.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

San Francisco financial advisory firm Dale Scott & Company sees enough of a demand for this type of short-term debt that it has even trademarked a term for the debt offerings it promotes, branding them as Ed-Tech Bonds. The divide we still have is in the three Rs,” he acknowledges.

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

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

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. The company and its foundation also say they will raise money through special events, and donation of devices, and other activities. Sprint’s leadership wanted to marshal its resources behind “one cause that really made sense for us a company,” he added.