Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Tomorrow's Learners

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. Unfortunately a by-product of the digital age is the “digital divide”.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

But are we creating a digital divide in education? The Digital Divide, or the digital split, is a social issue referring to the differing amount of information between those who have access to the Internet (specially broadband access) and those who do not have access.

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3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

It’s a longstanding national crisis, often referred to as the “digital divide,” which at Kapor Capital we identify as one of the cumulative barriers across The Leaky Tech Pipeline. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide.

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Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? What can educators do on an individual level to support students who are on the other side of the digital divide?

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. These divides, in turn, can lead to unequal educational access.

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BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu

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It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

The typical edtech conference buzzes with gadgetry, infrastructure and new ways to engage students. But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? Ken Shelton (African American Educator and Tech Strategist): I have had the opportunity to attend, speak at and even keynote a lot of conferences—particularly edtech ones—over the years. When meeting with strangers at a large edtech conference, racism isn’t the first issue that people address.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Common Sense Education provides digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities with a goal of empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Free resources include ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites, designed to help teachers find and use the best digital tools for their classrooms. Organization: Digital Promise.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. is one of the nation’s leading experts in E-rate and is passionate in her work to close the digital divide.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 and 29 Combined Edition). Many want technology firms to do more, but they are divided on how to balance free speech and safety issues online. EdTech News News newsSummer.

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Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

In some cases, immense challenges such as digital equity and limited parental support at home have had to be addressed and overcome. If digital access is a challenge, check out these practical ideas that can be implemented without any tech.

Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech

Edsurge

Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine who studies how young people use technology, says it’s not necessarily because the teachers or the people making edtech tools have bad intentions. EdSurge recently sat down with Ito at the Intentional Play Summit to get her thoughts on equity in edtech, creativity and how kids’ relationship to technology has changed over the years. Imagine you’re an elementary school student.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Working Towards Equity with Edtech.

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism

Edsurge

Edtech gatherings that attract more than 1,000 attendees, such as LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries Conference last week in Boston, are usually echo chambers of hubbub and hoopla about technology’s potential to transform education. Yet throughout the two-day gathering of entrepreneurs, researchers and educators, keynote speakers urged attendees to curb their enthusiasm, and evaluate the edtech landscape with a sense of cautious optimism.

3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

Edsurge

The “digital divide” is still very real. what makes the difference between using edtech to supplement the classroom experience and using it to transform learning? At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide. But in other schools with similar access to digital tools, students are using them in very different ways—to do the same kinds of worksheet-like activities that were once done on paper.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

Edtech is always changing. Edtech trends come and go. But any of what currently happens in edtech couldn’t be possible without the driving passion for education and technology of people. Top 10 edtech people to watch in 2018.

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

FETC Converge

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

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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Austin district CTO on why schools should plan even farther ahead

FETC Converge

Kevin Schwartz talks about assessing new technologies, the digital divide, makerspaces and potential policy changes from Washington. Uncategorized broadband networks edtech K-12 makerspaces new technologiesMr. Schwartz has spent much of his 20-plus year career as a CTO and technology leader looking as far off into the future as he can. Read more at EdScoop.

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education

Neo LMS

There’s no secret that a digital divide is creating barriers between students and learning. It’s also important to have a coherent digital strategy that everyone can get behind. Read more: 6 Building blocks for a successful edtech strategy.

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

The bilingual (English/Spanish) mobile-first digital tool was informed by what parents say they need and developed by leading content experts. Organizations and coalitions including Learning Keeps Going , Tech for Learners , Google , and Digital Promise have also compiled lists of resources from various education organizations as well as available edtech products. Bridging The Digital Divide. appeared first on Digital Promise.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition). Maybe we're not afraid: on Edtech's inability to imagine the future | Long View on Education → So, what issues should edtech be talking about instead of scared teachers and content creators? Pretty much everything that is NOT covered by the edtech trade press. This is ALSO true for edtech. Blog EdTech News News news

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Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

Here is an excerpt: " Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition). Maybe we're not afraid: on Edtech's inability to imagine the future | Long View on Education → So, what issues should edtech be talking about instead of scared teachers and content creators? Pretty much everything that is NOT covered by the edtech trade press. This is ALSO true for edtech. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge. Tagged on: March 16, 2017 States Struggle to Bridge Digital Divide | US News and World Report → Digital exclusion is a growing problem in the United States – about one-fifth of Americans don’t have internet access at home, according to 2015 U.S.

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How K–12 Schools Monitor Attendance During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

After all, they’ve had a lot to figure out — from finding ways to bridge the digital divide to ensuring student security and privacy online. MORE ON EDTECH: Learn how K–12 schools are bringing elective classes online.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. But Parkland school leaders are taking proactive steps to improve digital equity. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district?

On the Money: A Look at IT Leaders’ Budget Concerns

EdTech Magazine

Educators had to quickly adopt creative, and sometimes unfamiliar, ways of teaching and working from a distance, while existing issues like income inequality and the digital divide were pushed further into the spotlight. The coronavirus pandemic has changed education as we know it.

How K–12 Schools Monitor Attendance During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

After all, they’ve had a lot to figure out — from finding ways to bridge the digital divide to ensuring student security and privacy online. MORE ON EDTECH: Learn how K–12 schools are bringing elective classes online. With the rapid transition to remote learning, it’s been a trying time for many school districts across the country. Another major challenge is maintaining student attendance.

How K–12 Schools Monitor Attendance During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

After all, they’ve had a lot to figure out — from finding ways to bridge the digital divide to ensuring student security and privacy online. MORE ON EDTECH: Learn how K–12 schools are bringing elective classes online. With the rapid transition to remote learning, it’s been a trying time for many school districts across the country. Another major challenge is maintaining student attendance.

How K–12 Schools Monitor Attendance During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

After all, they’ve had a lot to figure out — from finding ways to bridge the digital divide to ensuring student security and privacy online. MORE ON EDTECH: Learn how K–12 schools are bringing elective classes online. With the rapid transition to remote learning, it’s been a trying time for many school districts across the country. Another major challenge is maintaining student attendance.

How K–12 Schools Monitor Attendance During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

After all, they’ve had a lot to figure out — from finding ways to bridge the digital divide to ensuring student security and privacy online. MORE ON EDTECH: Learn how K–12 schools are bringing elective classes online. With the rapid transition to remote learning, it’s been a trying time for many school districts across the country. Another major challenge is maintaining student attendance.

Q&A: Steve Langford on Equalizing Student Access to the Web and Tech

EdTech Magazine

School districts can improve digital equity through investments, partnerships with businesses and national grants, says Steve Langford, CIO of Beaverton School District in Oregon. Langford recently talked with EdTech about the challenges of the digital divide and practical ways to overcome them. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district? EDTECH: How are you solving the digital-equity problem?