Although States and Districts Have Acted Swiftly, More Is Needed to Close the Digital Divide, a New Analysis Finds

Education Superhighway

Now a follow-up report by BCG, Common Sense, and EducationSuperHighway analyzes relevant case studies and highlights best practices for closing the K–12 digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, titled Connect All Students: How States and School Districts Can Close the Digital Divide , is designed to serve as a guide for states and school districts, and as a tool for state and federal policymakers, businesses, philanthropies, and nonprofits.

PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

The Hechinger Report

A meta-analysis of 39 studies of children’s picture books finds that children score better on comprehension tests after reading a paper book than after reading a digital book. Digital picture books have been a godsend during the pandemic.

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The newest threat to health equity: digital access

The Christensen Institute

This reality brings the digital divide into a harsh light. What is the digital divide? The digital divide is the gap between those with consistent broadband internet access and the digital literacy to understand technology, and those without.

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". 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.

10 Tips for Piloting Technology in Schools

eSpark

Successful tech pilots enhance learning, build excitement around new initiatives, and subject classroom technology to rigorous, data-based testing. Launching classroom technology in schools can accomplish many goals; some tools are used to improve test scores and prepare students for postsecondary success, while others help educators to raise literacy rates and decrease the number of students reliant on RTI programs. Ready to launch a technology pilot?

12 Websites for Digital Books Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. This site provides thousands of digitized books, audio recordings, DVDs/CDs from the public domain (or out-of-copyright).

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. In this way students can use technology, or not.

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Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

The digital divide. Some days, the device’s download speed seemed to function at a crawl. North Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said the digital divide has hampered the ability of families to navigate the crisis.

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

There will be people on your list, those who live life on the opposite side of the digital divide, who miss these messages just because of how they’re delivered. It straddles the digital divide between those with the tech-infused family and those who feel pretty plugged in just having a phone. It doesn’t ask parents to understand apps or text messages or stuff that has to be downloaded and activated.

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Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. Access to the internet and digital resources is now easier than than just a few years ago. Download the post image.

How Google Docs Improves Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

It operates in the cloud so there’re no download foibles, pesky maintenance, or expensive yearly upgrades. The end result is a learning tool that is powerful, robust, scalable, and because it’s free, is the equitable solution to so many concerns over education’s digital divide. Not only do they get their writing projects completed, they understand intuitively that technology has contributed to their higher order thinking processes.

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Meeting the Educational Challenges of COVID-19 Together

MIND Research Institute

Digital Divides and the COVID Slide. Over the past several years, progress has been made with regard to the “digital divide,” the gap between students who have access to technology and those who do not. When school is online, the digital divide grows greater.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion. Yet, the fact remains that too many students still scrounge for the vital internet access their classmates (and technology-enamored school reformers) take for granted. Angela Siefer, director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, on the homework gap.

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights. Turns out — and not really a surprise — the cost of the digital devices was minor compared to the cost of the websites and webtools required to meet goals.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. We must allow our students to use their gifts and skills to make and create using technology the teacher may not even be familiar with.

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

MindShift

They say the heart of the job right now is getting students connected with school and keeping them that way — both technologically and even more importantly, emotionally. The digital divide is still big and complex. We don’t really know, and that’s a problem, says Nicol Turner Lee, director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. “That rural Internet divide is real.

Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

The company also announced today availability of the Celly Android App for free download on Google Play. “We With the relentless barrage of emails, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+ notifications we all receive on a daily basis, a simple, short, and concise text message cuts through all the noise of our digital lifestyles,” said Shawn Carrié, member of the Occupy Wall Street’s Tech Ops Working Group. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Hopefully we have advanced technologically and culturally in that time, but some of the problems we experience then are still with us today. 1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones. 5) Pedagogy supporting mobile learning is generally mixed and/or blended for many, with resources available inside classrooms, but also beyond the classroom, downloadable from a variety of platforms and providers.

What New Research on Young Kids’ Media Use Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

Introduce digital citizenship skills early. The Digital Divide Is Shrinking, but Still Exists Today there’s a 22 percentage-point gap in high-speed internet access at home between kids in lower- and higher-income households (74 percent versus 96 percent for high-speed internet), which is down from a 50 percentage-point gap in 2011. Subscribe to our weekly Digital Classroom newsletter

Big Rich Mt. Olympus: Legendary Drama!

The Daring Librarian

Challenge: Limited Technology, Time, & Maximize Engagement A simple shared library book cart loaded with World Book Encyclopedias, pulled mythology books, a MentorMob playlist (embedded below), a Wikipspaces page , and a few MacBooks can = meaningful mythology research! or the online version, or my adapted & transformed downloadable "old skool" pencil & paper version. When technology is limited, how do you transform high tech options into low tech products?

5 Tips to Become a Google Certified Innovator

Shake Up Learning

Google describes the program as: “Candidates for the Google for Education Certified Innovator program are selected based on their professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, their innovative use of technology in school settings and their potential impact on other educators. is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download).

Makerspace Starter Kit Updated

The Daring Librarian

Remember, you can date new technology (or innovation) you don't have to marry it ! Download the HUGE Poster size for free from my Fickr Gallery. Yet you can go so much further with this digital duct tape." Face Drive is a crazy, first-of-its-kind feature that uses facial recognition technology to drive the ball. Download the High Rez or poster version of this for your class or Makerspace.

Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Notes from TCEA 2012 Presentation by Eanes ISD Tech Group and Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology, Eanes ISD Presentation posted at: edtech.eanesisd.net/tcea Research Behind BYOT 2011 Horizon Report K12 Edition - Published every year. Publicizes key trends and challenges and predictions for adoption educational technology. Support of the technologies we use are becoming more cloud based than server based. We used to hear about the digital divide.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. It’s not that paying for a piece of technology will treat you any better, mind you.). But new technology hasn’t made it easy.