Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

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As a result, Verizon Innovative Learning recently received the 2021 Halo Award for Best COVID-19 Initiative from Engage for Good. Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

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Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City.

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Colleges Are Providing Tech to Students to Shrink the Digital Divide

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But administrators realized that the problem they were trying to treat—the digital divide—was less like a mild cut and more like a deep wound. Education Technology Technology Trends Digital Learning in Higher Ed Textbooks and Course Materials Higher Education

The Universal Laptop Program Helping One State Narrow the Digital Divide

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As a result many states have reintroduced virtual and hybrid learning options as new COVID-19 cases continue to soar. It is worth remembering that the digital divide is not an all or nothing phenomenon. Experiences of digital access exist along a continuum.

Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

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School officials in the seaside town scrambled to purchase enough devices for all their students to learn online last year after the pandemic hurtled kids out of buildings. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”.

Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

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One key problem prevalent in many low-socioeconomic communities around the nation—like San Antonio, which now has the highest poverty rate of the country's 25 largest metro areas —is the digital divide. Together we can close the gap on the digital divide.

How to Achieve Powerful Digital Learning

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The abrupt transition to remote learning was a shock to our national education system. Districts, schools, educators, and families scrambled to get plans in place for distance learning. Verizon Innovative Learning Schools were prepared for the shift to distance learning.

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With the increasing use of technology as a tool for learning, students and teachers need more than basic connectivity. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country.

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.”. Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. How long has the “digital divide” been on your radar?

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

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The digital divide and the opportunity gap. At DeKalb County School District in Georgia, we set out to create a plan that narrows the digital divide our students are facing at school, in the community, and at home. By providing our students with the digital technology needed for modern learning, we’ve started closing the opportunity gap caused in part by digital and technological inequities. Installing hotspots to fire up learning.

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

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For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. The subtler, but no less harmful, digital divide is between the students who are empowered to be creators and problem solvers with technology, and those who aren’t. Since students today live in a digital world, digital citizenship is one of the most important lessons schools can teach.

How Can We Close the Digital Learning Gap This School Year?

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Last year, my predecessor, Karen Cator outlined ways in which we can finally close the Digital Learning Gap. Digital learning also strengthens each teacher’s ability to meet the needs of each student, regardless of whether they are in the classroom or at home.”

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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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 Others spend long hours studying in the computer labs at the Doña Ana Community College Hatch Learning Center, adjacent to the high school. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

Savvas Learning Company Teams Up with EveryoneOn to Provide Free WiFi to 100 Families to Support Digital Learning at Home

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Savvas enables teachers to better connect with students by helping to close the digital divide. EveryoneOn.org is a nonprofit that works to connect low-income families to affordable Internet service, computers, and other digital resources.

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

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These learning scenarios support the development of skills such as critical thinking, inquiry and research, creativity, problem solving, designing and collaboration. They help students develop a sense of agency, the ability to harness technology, and support learning lifelong and lifewide. This is leading to an emerging “second level digital divide” in US schools, fueled by differences in how technology is utilized to advance teaching and learning.

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

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What you need to know: As the nation faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, and schools continue to grapple with uncertainty and closures, Verizon is providing additional support and remote learning resources for educators, students and parents. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

A Reflection on Digital Learning Day

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On February 5, 2014, educators and students around the country participated in Digital Learning Day (#DLDay). Afterschool Alliance Digital Is Educator Innovator Blog Edutopia Hive Learning Network KQED Education Mozilla Webmaker National Writing Project YALSA #DLDay #make4dlday access connected learning digital citizenship digital divide digital learning day digital literacy equity

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

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Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum. Thankfully, over the past several years, federal, state and local leaders have worked to tackle the digital divide, which has results in 98 percent of school districts now meeting minimum connectivity goals.

Digital learning is helping this school close achievement gaps

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There’s a widening technology achievement gap for minorities, despite blacks and Hispanics having more interest in learning computer science. Today, 99 percent of the students at Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) are on a free lunch program. Related content: How our district is narrowing the digital divide. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide. The eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide is here!

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

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Cross-posted from Digital Promise Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching JULY 26, 2017 | BY KAREN CATOR In 2014, I wrote – The problem with education in America is not the lack of excellence. These learning scenarios support the development of skills such as critical thinking, inquiry and research, creativity, problem solving, designing and collaboration. You can learn more about the Dynamic Learning Project here.

Close the Digital Learning Gap: How One District Tackled Tech Disparity in the Classroom

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In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. Promethean: How did Palmdale Schools double down on digital for its students?

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

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As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

School Boards: 7 Steps to Supporting Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

As digital learning transforms education across the country, how can board members ensure that their policies and budget decisions support digital learning opportunities and the robust infrastructure needed to support it? The infrastructure must facilitate students having ubiquitous access to broadband so that they are learning skills for tomorrow but not hindered by with dial-up speeds from the past. Learn more.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide. The post Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Throughout this month, the FCC will encourage particular focus on issues surrounding digital access in America’s rural communities. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students. The meeting will address policies aimed to bridge the digital divide. The post Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

LearnPlatform Launches National EdTech Equity Dashboard to Improve Visibility of Digital K-12 Engagement and Gaps Across U.S.

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The real-time view provides the most comprehensive look at digital learning disparities. For the first time, national daily edtech trends are aggregated and visible to understand and identify digital learning disparities.

The Pandemic’s Lasting Lessons for Colleges, From Academic Innovation Leaders

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Shifting practices regarding grades may inspire students to take risks and study for the sake of learning. Recognition that the digital divide prevents academic progress has prompted colleges to do more to connect students with tech tools.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

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The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. Public Schools, digital equity and access to technology at home is a very real problem. By Charles Sosnik.

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

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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". Digital Equity Action Toolkit Students without home access to high quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize the full power of digital learning.

Mind the gap!

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I have several horror stories I could tell about how asking questions in class ended up in ridicule for the child and a subsequent ''switching off'' from learning - but I won''t go down that road today. 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. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

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Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide. Researchers are learning that not all access to technology is equal. Next page: What researchers and educators say about technology and the digital divide.

Stunning: Research shows intense spike in children’s media use

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Next page: Has the digital divide between high- and low-income families closed?). Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News News Research TechnologiesNew research has unearthed a dramatic increase in the number of young children who have their own tablet device–42 percent compared to 1 percent in 2011.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

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Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. “The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R.

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week this week!

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Internet safety, online communication, digital footprint, strategic searching, copyright and fair use–these days, “tech skills” encompass so much more than simply learning to type and download files. Across all content areas and grade levels, teachers are now addressing the digital citizenship skills kids need to be safe and responsible online. For Digital Citizenship Week this year (Oct. Tips for teaching students with Autism about digital citizenship.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

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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.”

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t. 1 Further, there’s a second level digital divide 2 that’s emerging in the classroom. Impacting family literacy, with a focus on addressing the digital divide through digital literacy and ready access.

What Are the Implications of Distance Learning?

Education Superhighway

Distance learning is often discussed in the context of higher ed and adult education, but its relevancy in K-12 education is growing. Department of Education’s most recent study of the topic, the percentage of public school districts whose high school students took distance learning courses rose from 30 percent in 2002 to 53 percent in 2010. One concern about distance learning is that it could diminish the very real value students get from in-person guidance from teachers.

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

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Despite claims that technology is negatively affecting learning schedules, edtech is a valuable tool for students. That’s because edtech solutions, advanced research, practical assessments, and improved communication give them maximum control over their learning.

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