Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

Digital Promise

Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected


In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. When schools closed last March, roughly 16 million U.S.


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Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide


Ned Lamont, a former telecom mogul who founded Campus Televideo, a company that provided cable to college campuses. The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.”

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. However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage. Affordable home access is a key component of achieving success in today’s digital world.

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

4 Lessons Educators Can Teach Companies Amid Remote-Learning Shift

Marketplace K-12

In this new instructional environment caused by the coronavirus outbreak, educators are worried about screen time, the digital divide and more. The post 4 Lessons Educators Can Teach Companies Amid Remote-Learning Shift appeared first on Market Brief.

Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., As the world shifts to more digital interactions, Kajeet makes it possible to connect all people and things and to empower users to use these connections for good.

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

Created in partnership with the education non-profit Digital Promise , Teacher Training Pathways will help teachers become more efficient and effective in delivering technology-integrated instruction. To learn more about Verizon’s Digital Inclusion efforts, visit

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

The Hechinger Report

Nearly half of low-income districts distributed paper packets of worksheets to families while more than three-fourths of wealthier school districts distributed everything digitally. This digital divide had enormous consequences for what instruction meant.

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


It’s a longstanding national crisis, often referred to as the “digital divide,” which at Kapor Capital we identify as one of the cumulative barriers across The Leaky Tech Pipeline. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide.

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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).

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The Equity Gap and Digital Divide Creates a Disconnect for School Districts.

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.

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

eSchool News

To support digital inclusion, Kajeet will provide one year of free internet connectivity hardware and patented Kajeet® managed service to equity-focused organizations. Kajeet remains laser-focused on closing the digital divide, and this grant program is another step in our journey.”.

Salesforce Doubles Down With $100M Fund for Education and Other ‘Impact’ Investments


For its second impact fund, Salesforce is doubling the size of its pockets to support start-up companies working to solve problems in education, workforce training and climate science, and to create economic opportunities for minority and underrepresented populations.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Finally, you’ll learn traditional best practices and digital solutions available to students to offset some of the anxiety they’re experiencing. Online and Digital Instruction.

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Emeritus Expands into K12 through Acquisition of iD Tech Bringing Equitable STEM Education to Adults and Youth Globally

eSchool News

The companies will bring expert instruction in STEM fields to individuals worldwide,with a shared goal of bridging the STEM opportunity gap. iD Tech is dedicated to bridging the digital divide and is committed to gender diversity.


A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

The Hechinger Report

In Washington state, where Navas is the director of the Equity in Education Coalition (EEC), many families either didn’t know how to access the tech support provided by districts and companies like Apple, or didn’t feel comfortable because of language barriers.

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. In its announcement, Sprint called the effort “the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access.” Sprint Corp.

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.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?


And while systems might not continue to operate as 100 percent virtual schools in a post-COVID world, better access to learning technology is no longer negotiable in this increasingly-digital world. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies


As you consider how to communicate your digital needs to your state's board of education, these four essential steps will help you stay organized: 1. Creating an itemized budget may require some research and preliminary conversations with edtech and software companies.

Karma Is a $10M Series A for This Startup That Helps Learners Break Into Tech


That’s the premise behind why investors are betting on companies like Career Karma , which helps people find reskilling opportunities in technology fields. But also people that have created $100-billion dollar companies. The labor market took a generational hit in 2020.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now


This quick move to emergency remote teaching has left educators scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools, online resources, and apps to continue their teaching at a distance. Butash is right in pointing out the risks involved in this quick shift to using digital technologies.

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.

Education Stimulus Funding: The Who, What, and Why

There are opportunities here for assessment companies. Districts must use the money on evidence-based programs that help stem learning loss, close the digital divide, and address social and emotional learning needs. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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. Cox Communications strives to develop and support initiatives that enhance education through innovation and technology, bridge the digital divide, and encourage environmental responsibility in an effort to strengthen cities, businesses and future generations. Collaboration. Community. Social Responsibility.


Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If Karen Cator, CEO of the nonprofit Digital Promise.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in California, Pennsylvania and Louisiana


Cross-Sector Partnership to Bridge the Digital Divide in California . To address inequities in student access to computers, technology tools and connectivity, companies, business leaders and philanthropists in California are providing internet access and C hromebooks to hundreds of thousands of households across the state. N on-digital purchases, such as paper, postage or transportation of materials; and .

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.

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COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlight in New York, Florida and Free Internet Access


Bridging the Digital Divide. Also, many communities , including Palm Beach in Florida , are partnering with local companies to get more than 11,000 digital devices into the hands of students who need them to participate in online classes, as reported by WPEC on March 20. .

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. Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access. There’s also a new kind of class divide when it comes to tech.

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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.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Students need around-the-clock digital protection: It’s clear that a significant number of incidents are happening when educators aren’t actively watching what students are posting online. security surveillance cameras, digital record keeping, etc.)

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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. “We are proud to extend our support of EveryoneOn through this grant, providing families with increased access to the tools necessary to compete in today’s digital world.”