Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families

Edsurge

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.

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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Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

We must continue to provide access to software, online libraries and educational videos. However, teachers haven’t maximized the use of technology during the summer or the regular school year because districts and cities haven’t made the hardware and software as accessible as textbooks.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

If one of the characteristics of the maker movement is democratization of related tools, software, and techniques, then efforts need to focus on the education institutions that serve children (school, libraries, museums, after-school programs) especially underrepresented and underserved children.

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

TeacherCast

A digital divide between teachers hurts students. Teachers never have to put students in classes or manage parent contact information themselves when software is connected to district systems. If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Specific software programs track and influence the delivery of educational material, grading, and insight sharing.

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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. On Amazon, the book alone sells for $148 without the MindTap software.

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.

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.

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.

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

Doug Levin

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? Tagged on: July 21, 2017 Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school | The Economist → Reformers are using new software to “personalise” learning: How well the model will work when it spreads is unclear. Summer.

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School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

million for the Chromebooks, software licenses and the infrastructure needed to maintain them. “In Here the digital divide for access is now almost zero,” Porter says of his Chromebook program. The divide we still have is in the three Rs,” he acknowledges.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits.

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.

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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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

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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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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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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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.

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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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

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. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Education Technology and Digital Polarization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Techcrunch : “ Holberton gets backing from more industry executives as it looks to scale its software engineering school.” No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. Now he’s launching a new company – and of course it’s ed-tech.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. Via e-Literate : “Experience Economy: Enterprise software view into persistence and future of LMS market.” Short-term-jobs-for-students company Student Pop has raised $3.4 It’s not clear from its self-reporting if it’s also raised money from the Chinese company TAL Education which it describes as a new partner “central to the deal.”)

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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. Cognitive divergence and shared mental models in software development project teams.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Also via Edsurge : “How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cornell University has announced that it is ending its contract with Nike , saying the athletic apparel company was unwilling to sign a ‘standard’ agreement pledging to follow a code of conduct for its workers, a code developed and endorsed by many colleges and universities.” Tutoring company Clark has raised $2.2

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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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. Also off campus, not on-: “ Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide.” From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8

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