How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.”.

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

Edsurge

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.

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 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.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. By and large, English learners aren’t thriving under distance learning.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

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

ED Surge

The pandemic has dragged on, prompting colleges to ricochet back and forth on mask mandate policies and rules about holding classes in person versus online. Shifting practices regarding grades may inspire students to take risks and study for the sake of learning.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

Neo LMS

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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Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

and Puerto Rico have closed all public schools, with few teachers prepared to move to a virtual learning environment and even fewer parents ready to homeschool their children. At this unprecedented moment, it is crucial for parents/caregivers and teachers to work together on a plan for students to continue their learning experiences at home. And, what do teachers need to help them develop remote learning plans, while still attending to the social and emotional needs of each student?

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Surveying 3,210 teachers, 1,163 principals, 1,219 district administrators and 2,696 students across the country, the report offers one of the most comprehensive looks at their attitudes toward digital learning tools and how they use them. That’s music to the ears of industry leaders who have funded and built many of these digital tools.

How Long Should a Remote School Day Be? There’s No Consensus

Edsurge

Each week, Ann Vinson ticks off the items one-by-one on the voluminous remote learning checklist her school requires. In traditional classrooms, time is constant while learning is variable. In online classrooms time is variable, while the learning is constant.

Should Remote Learning Be an Option, Even After the Pandemic?

Graphite Blog

For both students and teachers, online learning has come with a lot of challenges, from the digital divide and technology access to mental health impacts , or a lack of essential school and community supports. Make a copy of the Are There Benefits to Distance Learning?

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.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Equity Isn’t Just About Technology. It’s About Supporting Students and Families.

Edsurge

And research indicates that students from low-income backgrounds could fall further behind their peers if learning stops too long and the country sinks into recession. Schools also play an important role in boosting at-home learning among families.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Social-Emotional Learning.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School During the Pandemic

MindShift

Few people would tell you that online kindergarten was a good idea, or frankly even possible. The number has fluctuated as cases rise across the country, but throughout this fall pandemic semester, between 40% and 60% of students have been enrolled in districts that offer only remote learning, according to a tracker maintained by the company Burbio. And even in hybrid districts, some students have been learning remotely, either part or full time.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Online Grade Portals.