Bridging the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

By Ryan Petersen Innovative schools are working to turn things around for underserved students. Classroom Curriculum Management Mobility

3 Priorities in Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Kent School District in Kent, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Kent in February, 2015. Here is what they learned

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Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

Is there a digital divide in our schools? Before we get into the importance of the digital divide in schools, what is the digital divide? A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to Mary Beth Hertz, who is an art/ technology teacher in Philadelphia, there is an entertainment vs empowerment divide.

Closing the Digital Divide: 5 Digital Literacy Strategies to Help Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Digital literacy skills are critical for adult learners to fully participate in our digital society. Watch this recorded webinar to see infusion techniques for teaching five key digital literacy skills: decoding, meaning making, using, analyzing, and presentation of persona.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

The Hechinger Report

Rory Kennedy examines the gaps computer and internet access between wealthy and impoverished schools in her latest documentary, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

But are we creating a digital divide in education? The Digital Divide, or the digital split, is a social issue referring to the differing amount of information between those who have access to the Internet (specially broadband access) and those who do not have access.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise.

Engage Parents as Partners to Close the Digital Divide

Edutopia

Photo Credit: ©Hero Images/500px Suzie Boss Digital Divide As a homegrown solution, schools aren't waiting for federal funding. Instead, they are enlisting parents as partners to help close the digital divide

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We

As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Annual survey finds that low-income school districts are still lagging behind their peers. Classroom Data Center Management Network Monitoring Professional Development Training

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school. This will certainly help diminish the data divide that we face today.”.

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide".

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help.

Maine’s Statewide Laptop Program Boosts Tech Access, but Digital Divide Persists

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Digital Content Hardware NotebooksBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom computers can’t boost student outcomes if educators don’t know how to use them innovatively.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. Having a BYOD policy would seem to perpetuate the divide between the tech-haves and tech-have-nots. Instead, I think we must do what Marc Prensky argues which is to find ways to "Bridge and eliminate this digital divide" and provide digital access to our students.

How to Make a Technology Bus

Kajeet Extracurricular

Students in neighboring school districts lack access to the same digital tools and digital literacy programs as NPS students. And NPS Director of Educational Technology Jay Salerno stepped in to improve digital equity. Mobile Broadband Ed Tech Inspiration Digital Divide SmartBu

Who uses computers for math drill and practice? [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thought I’d make a slide out of one my favorite digital equity reports. Shockingly similar digital divide findings from 1998 and 2013. www.edtechresearcher.com/2013/06/shockingly_similar_digital_divide_.

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3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality.

Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes. Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity

eSchool News

Across the nation, school districts are investing in one-to-one computing programs and supplying digital devices for their students to use as learning tools. We want to make sure all of our students, even those from the poorest homes, can contribute to our digital future.

New Grant to Help Schools Close the Homework Gap

Kajeet Extracurricular

Educators are quickly incorporating digital learning into classroom pedagogy because they understand the power these resources bring to the learning experience. Homework Gap Digital Divide SmartSpotThe Homework Gap Grant is now closed.

How Much Data Does a Student Need?

Kajeet Extracurricular

This is not a simple question, but it is an important one that is addressed in the CoSN Digital Equity Toolkit. Mobile Broadband Digital Divide SmartSpot 1 to 1 WiFi for StudentsTo close the Homework Gap , just how much data does a student need?

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Mind the gap!

Learning with 'e's

In online/digital learning environments, my own research has shown that the gap can be amplified or reduced, depending on a) the skill of the teacher b) their attitude and c) how the technology is being used. 2014 fote conference from Steve Wheeler Digital Learning Futures: Mind the gap!

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide. mobile phones education digital divide schools learning cell phones BYOD

Connecting Rural Students

Kajeet Extracurricular

Homework Gap Digital Divide Personalized LearningIn rural America, 39 percent of households do not have access to high-speed Internet, which equates to 23 million people, according to the FCC 2016 Broadband Progress Report. Urban areas experience much higher connectivity, with only four percent of people without access to fast Internet.

How Latino Families Use Educational Content and What That Means for Communities

MindShift

Big Ideas Digital Tools digital-divide English language learning featured full-image latino play Learning more about how Hispanic-Latino families use educational content can help inform the development of content, policy and tools. [[ This is a content summary only.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways. Schuylerville uses the Units of Study Writer’s Workshop program and our students creating digital storybooks based on their narrative writing.

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? What can educators do on an individual level to support students who are on the other side of the digital divide?

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families.

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide.

Helping Close the Digital Divide with Google for Education

District Administration

Innovative programs can help all students access the latest technology. District Administration Custom Publishing Group. A common challenge with district technology initiatives, particularly BYOD or 1-to-1 programs, is equity of access—ensuring that all students can utilize the same technology, regardless of their socioeconomic status

What Do Low-Income Parents Think of Education Tech? [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A survey offers an inside look at whether the digital divide expands into opinions. Classroom Digital Content

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu

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Schools bridge the digital divide

FETC Converge

Uncategorized digital resources digital toolkit Educational technology Open Education Resources school administratorsEnsuring all students have equal access to educational technology—both in the classroom and at home—often requires innovation. Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community. Read more at District Administration.

Google Champions Teacher Tech Training with New Program

EdTech Magazine

By Wendy McMahon The partnership between Google, Digital Promise and EdTechTeam seeks to solve the digital divide around professional development. Management Professional Development Training

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

NPR Learning and Tech

Experts worry that an attempt to bridge the digital divide might have widened it. It was 15 years ago that Maine began the first, and still the only, statewide school laptop program. Image credit: Eric Diotte for NPR

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiAt Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library.