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. Technology is in fact changing the way we view schools, teaching and learning.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. I have made no secret of the fact that I think technology, when used correctly, is hugely advantageous to enhancing student learning. But are we creating a digital divide in education?

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3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Edudemic

There’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. 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. The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.

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

This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. 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.

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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. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. A different ‘digital divide’ has emerged.

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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. Educators led energizing sessions on integrating technology.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

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. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. Technology Leadership. Organization: Digital Promise.

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition).

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

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition).

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

Edsurge

That’s just one way technology in education can fail to serve some students. 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: How do you think kids’ relationship to technology has changed, if at all, over the years you’ve been studying it? Education Technology EdSurge Podcast Community

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.” I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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

Doug Levin

I think a lot about the future of technology and its potential impacts on students and the K-12 education system (intended and unintended). While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition). Pretty much everything that is NOT covered by the edtech trade press.

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

Doug Levin

I think a lot about the future of technology and its potential impacts on students and the K-12 education system (intended and unintended). While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition). Pretty much everything that is NOT covered by the edtech trade press.

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‘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. Education Technology Events Community

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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.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

I also want to consider that, with or without a President Trump , education technology also might make things worse, might also contribute to these ongoing inequalities – and not simply because many in ed-tech seem quite eager to work with the new administration. Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly.

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

Edsurge

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. 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.

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. Who do you hope will benefit from your district’s new classroom technology? Ready to launch a technology pilot?

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.

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. Edtech is always changing. Edtech trends come and go. Top 10 edtech people to watch in 2018. You know the saying “The only constant is change”.

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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. Mr. 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. Uncategorized broadband networks edtech K-12 makerspaces new technologies

5G for Education Is Finally Here. First Stop? Cleveland.

Edsurge

In addition to hosting a public K-8 charter school, the former factory was recently outfitted with augmented and virtual reality stations, 3D printers and interactive screens in preparation for Saturday’s announcement: that it’s the first school in the country equipped with 5G wireless technology.

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of evidence to make educators reflect upon their use of technology. This week I came across a post by Larry Ferlazzo that asked educators to provide their response to why EdTech has over-promised and under-delivered. So what is the biggest problem in EdTech?

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?

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

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Technology used to target UAE’s cheating students | The National → "We were saying technology helps students cheat, now, we’d say it’s helping them understand unethical behaviour better than ever."

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

EdTech Magazine

Inequities in student access to reliable internet service and personal technology are not insurmountable. 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: How are you solving the digital-equity problem?

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. Through this work, we see powerful examples of innovation across education — from students creating their own virtual reality (VR) films, to researchers working with technology developers to improve edtech efficacy, to educators rethinking their own professional development with the use of micro-credentials.

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms. To make the best use of the technology, and to try to give every student a comparable digital learning experience, teachers need professional development, says Kim Buryanek, associate superintendent of Sioux City Community School District in Iowa. Buryanek recently talked with EdTech about how her district is tackling the challenge of digital equity one teacher and one mobile hotspot at a time.

How One Teacher’s Simple Experiment Rekindled a Love of Learning

GoConqr

This is certainly the case when it comes to bridging the tech divide in the classroom, where on one side you have traditionalist teachers, on the other side the tech-savvy students. Bridging the Digital Divide. Better Teaching Requires Better Technology.

Celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the NEO Blog

Neo LMS

From gamification to digital citizenship to PD for teachers to classroom robots and everything in between, the 102 posts that have been published on the NEO Blog in the last 12 months covered oh so many subjects related to education technology and e-learning for educational institutions.

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My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

On the one hand, the program marks an encouraging effort to close stubborn digital divides between rich and poor students. As excitement about the power of technology to educate children swelled, schools obliged, cramming technology into their existing classroom models.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

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. For those of you who have been integrating technology for a while, some of these may seem obvious.

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