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

Edsurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. The future belongs to the connected--and the Digital Equity Act aims to connect us all.

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.”.

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.

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

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

eSchool News

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. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology a student uses, so much as what the student is encouraged to do with it.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

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. Installing hotspots to fire up learning.

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

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.

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.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Building the Digital Dream.

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".

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

EdTechTeam

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. Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise.

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? Learn more.

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.

Mind the gap!

Learning with 'e's

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. 2014 fote conference from Steve Wheeler Digital Learning Futures: Mind the gap!

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

eSchool News

Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? In the middle of one of Miami’s poorest and toughest neighborhoods, there is a computer lab with free wireless internet for Liberty City residents who would otherwise go without the technology.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

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

eSchool News

The research from Common Sense, which examines media use by kids ages 0-8 and is the third installment in an ongoing series that tracks media and technology use, also uncovered an increase in the amount of time children spend with mobile devices–48 minutes, up from just five minutes in 2011.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

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.

Using Technology to Support At-Risk Youth

Educator Innovator

million non-dominant students comprise nearly half of the school population, and many of them are underserved by their school systems, particularly when it comes to technology use. After the school day and school year ends, disparities in access to technology are further compounded.

3 essential ingredients for making Edtech work in the classroom: leadership, PD, and ongoing support

FETC Converge

During the 2015-16 school year, I visited schools across the nation to see how technology can transform teaching and learning. The “digital divide” is still very real. Uncategorized classroom technology digital learning digital tools technology initiativesThe changes I’ve seen have been exciting, meaningful, and more often than not, challenging to get right.

Inclusive Innovation: Designing for Equity

Digital Promise

Who doesn’t want all students to access and participate in powerful learning opportunities? It is particularly interesting to examine why the ubiquity of innovation and technology has not managed to level the playing field. The word “equity” inspires good feelings.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows. We are proud to unveil the K-12 New Learning Experience Platform,” said Stephanie Weeks, Vice President of K-12 Strategy for Blackboard.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

A National Push for More ‘Active Use’ of Technology in Learning

Educator Innovator

In its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Department of Education emphasizes model approaches to digital learning. The new plan lays out model ways of using educational technology in the nation’s classrooms, with a focus on equity and active use.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

Thanks to — or because of — technology change happens at a faster rate than ever before, and education makes no exception. But any of what currently happens in edtech couldn’t be possible without the driving passion for education and technology of people. E-learning

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4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The Digital Equity Initiative.

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. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

Our digital future 5: Artificial Intelligence

Learning with 'e's

Now, I have written about AI on several previous occasions, and I also feature an entire chapter on its applications to learning and development in my new book, Digital Learning in Organisations. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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. Students were excited about learning. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. This year, Digital Promise has proposed a record 15 (!) Advances in technology and hardware have reinvigorated interest and experimentation in immersive video. Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning. Bridging the Digital Divide with Anytime/Anywhere.

8 ways schools can become truly Future Ready

eSchool News

Advice for districts seeking to become better at digital teaching and learning. The backbone of the project is a short pledge superintendents take confirming their commitment to enlightened digital learning and advocacy (about 2,000 superintendents have signed it so far).

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology.

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?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. Even when these benchmarks are hit and every school can boast a fiber connection, it won’t be nearly enough to close the digital divide. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning.

New Report Highlights How Close Are We To Closing the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

Since EducationSuperHighway began, creating digital learning opportunities for all children has motivated us to ensure that digital equity is a nationwide reality in our education system. Why Digital Equity Matters.

A Call to Action: How Governors Can Solve the School Connection Crisis

Education Superhighway

A new school year means new opportunities, ambitious learning goals, and heightened prospects for kids, but for millions of our nation’s students, those opportunities come with an asterisk. High-speed broadband equalizes educational opportunity and accelerates learning.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. 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. Technology Leadership.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students.