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.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

Edsurge

Connected Nation bases the analysis in its “Connect K-12 2020 Executive Summary” on FCC E-Rate application data for the 2020 federal fiscal year. Nonprofit Common Sense has released a new survey and companion analysis about the 0-8 year-old set.

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Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. Students now interview authors across the country via Skype and access books that match their interests and reading levels on e-readers. By Heidi Moore.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

And while systems might not continue to operate as 100 percent virtual schools in a post-COVID world, better access to learning technology is no longer negotiable in this increasingly-digital world. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student. We believed if we had connectivity in every classroom, that would give every teacher the opportunity to take advantage of digital learning.”. There is still a digital divide in classrooms based on what technology is being used and how.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

billion increase in E-rate funding over the last 18 months. This issue constitutes a new civil right; the right to digital equity; the right to connect to needed resources — anywhere, anytime. In 2014, nearly 75 percent of school systems surveyed did not have any off-campus strategies for providing connectivity to students at home and after school. internet IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband COSN digital equity homework gap k12 schools

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

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. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”. By that measure, EBS has fallen well short of its promise, according to some digital-access advocates.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

In a nutshell, CIPA requires that schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding “block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).” Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Opportunities for authentic digital literacy instruction arise when students access social networking sites in educational settings. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.