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. Cox Communications is one example.

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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The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

Edsurge

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.

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.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

For example, younger makers can turn to DIY , a safe online community for kids to discover and learn new skills. For example, Jack Andraka , who as a High School sophomore, discovered a test for pancreatic cancer through reading science research he found online.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

For example, younger makers can turn to DIY , a safe online community for kids to discover and learn new skills. For example, Jack Andraka , who as a High School sophomore, discovered a test for pancreatic cancer through reading science research he found online.

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 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

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.

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.

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

There is a lower cost in using short-term debt rather than going out and getting a high-interest lease with a [laptop] vendor, for example,” says Bart Hildreth, a professor at Georgia State University who studies municipal finances.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

In Connecticut, for example, public schools as well as other organizations receive broadband services from the CEN. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

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

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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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. We provide some kind of example that you can survive outside that system” of federal aid. Morning yoga, evening karaoke.

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Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Less Confident in Ed-Tech Skills, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. For example: These teachers are far more likely than their less-confident counterparts to report daily use of digital curricula, learning management systems, and parent communication tools. .

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Black preschool children, for example, are 3.6 Take, for example, ProPublica ’s article on Donald Trump’s son-in-law and “consigliere”: “ The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard.”). Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Digital polarization.

Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution?

MindShift

Despite the lack of dedicated tech tools for ELLs, some teachers have taken to repurposing various apps and other digital resources in creative and useful ways that help their students acquire the language. English Language Learners are a growing yet underserved segment of the U.S.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

It also treats “ed-tech” primarily as a product built by engineers, not for example, constructed through the practices of educators or students themselves – problems with education are, in this framework, engineering problems. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. What will happen to encryption , for example?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. ” Via Fast Company : “Want to Fight Inequality?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. “In the Leeds offering, for example, each course certificate will cost £59 and there are five taught courses; the sixth assessment course, which leads to 10 credits, is priced at £250 – making a total cost of £545 – which will also cover access to online library content,” The Guardian reports. (It’ll Education Politics.

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NBC's censoring of the Olympics: Social media and lost opportunities

Connecting 2 the World

While I understand the marketing decisions NBC made due to income from cable companies (trying to get their numbers up so they can charge cable companies higher viewership fees), NBC does not understand that viewers without cable are now frustrated and do not want to watch the Olympics. Cable companies and production companies have learned that viewers want alternatives and individualization (viewing on demand) in their viewing habits.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

For example, a graduate with an associate’s degree in accounting may be competent for recording inventory, but not creating a company’s tax return. Crossing the digital divide safely and trustingly: How ecologies of learning scaffold the journey. Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out how to include my word graphics into blogger and since I don't have a lot of time to figure it out, it will just have to be left out of this post.