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The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

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In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Education Research

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

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The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.” But even that wasn’t enough to completely close the divide, says Doug Casey, the executive director at the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, who heads the home broadband part of the program.

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Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Technology is transforming education, the change is as inevitable as that which the printing press brought to education. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue. Digital Divide 2.0.

Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

Edsurge

It’s a harsh and disastrous reality that is wreaking havoc on families, local economies and the education system. Digital divide is a term used to describe the gap present in society between those who have access to the internet and technology and those who don’t.

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. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth. There is no doubt that digital technology is changing every aspect of life from how we communicate to the way we learn.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. The fear was, and is, that technology might cause achievement gaps between rich and poor students to grow if it’s easier for rich kids to use educational software, practice computer coding or learn about the world online. And it’s a divide in how the technology is being used.”

Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., The devices allowed them to access their remote learning from home and ensured that some of our most vulnerable students could continue with their education in the same way as all other students.

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

What you need to know: As the nation faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, and schools continue to grapple with uncertainty and closures, Verizon is providing additional support and remote learning resources for educators, students and parents.

Texas Education Agency and Verizon enable distance learning for 18.9M students in 16 states

eSchool News

For students across Texas and around the country, bridging the digital divide and providing reliable Internet connectivity that enables distance learning for students without Internet access are among the top priorities for state governments, school districts, teachers and parents alike.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. iPads in Education Wiki 16. Mobile Learning Integration 17. iPad in Education Resources Worth Exploring 20. i Educational Apps Review 23. The Mobile Native 26. The Mobile Learner 27. Going Mobile 28. Mobile Learning 29. Mobile ESL 31.

#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive. Hopefully we have advanced technologically and culturally in that time, but some of the problems we experience then are still with us today.

CoSN 2015: Education’s Role in the Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Future

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The world of education IT is on schedule to reach a tipping point, where the availability and affordability of mobile devices could completely reshape the way we learn. But will educators take that momentum and turn it into true change or go back to the old ways, powered by new technologies? Mobile Apps Mobile Device Management Mobility Wi-Fi

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The Equity Gap and Digital Divide Creates a Disconnect for School Districts.

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. Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Recently he has been working with the McArthur Foundation on how young people''s adoption of technology changes the way they live and learn. Previously via laptop computers, but more recently via mobile devices. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. How can we leverage the peer culture in education?

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

Best Practices with Mobile Tech: #adjunctchat Tuesday, July 15

Connecting 2 the World

Mobile Technology is here to stay. Many of us may try to resist integrating mobile technology into our classrooms. What are some ways in which mobile technology has changed the classroom? Students have access to information on their mobile devises which can broaden the curriculum. Another advantage is that higher education students can be sent out of the classroom to learn, observe, and experience what they are learning in context.

Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

Edsurge

Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. As one of the researchers explained, you can’t fully understand how families are experiencing digital inequity if you only talk to those reachable through the internet.)

The Pandemic Will Leave More Students Unprepared For College. Developmental Education Must Help.

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Nearly 20 million students were projected to attend an institution of higher education in the United States during the fall 2020 semester, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. As a result, states started defunding developmental education.

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

Educational Technology Guy

It is free to use (standard text messaging rates apply though) and anyone with a mobile phone or access to the web can use it. The new service allows users to build instant mobile social networks, called "cells" using text messages, QR Codes, email, web or the new Android App. Anybody with a mobile phone can join a cell in seconds and instantly share secure group messages, polls, reminders, notes, and topic alerts. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Discuss Education with Dr. P.A. Mathew.

Linways Technologies

Mathew is an inspiration for every educator out there. Dr. Mathew has taught more than 10,000 students in premier institutions like Christ University, Bangalore, Symbiosis, Pune, and Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Cochin, in his career spanning more than 15 years.

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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It’s a problem that many educators have been grappling with for years, but one that has been exacerbated—and made more public—by COVID-19: Many students lack sufficient internet connections at home to be able to complete their schoolwork. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. The grant will fund a pilot program providing 1,500 tablet computers, preloaded with educational content, to families in Georgia who are enrolling in Cox Communications’ Connect2Compete discounted internet service program. Digital Learning and Tools Funding Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. Several books I have read recently on new and emerging technologies provide a healthy balance. They eulogise about the benefits, and are circumspect about the dangers of technology. Yet few acknowledge that many members of society are still technologically peripheral. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored.

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the future of learning and technology. In my previous blog post I examined the debate about whether we are becoming more intelligent or less intelligent as a result of our prolonged and habituated uses of technology. Many commentators express concern about the negative impact technology may have on our ability to think critically, construct knowledge and read/research more deeply.

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom. The infusion of innovative learning systems and computerization into educational settings promises to create significant change in the near future. With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology.

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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. That was one frustrating situation Jean Tower recalls encountering when she started as director of technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough , Massachusetts, about six years ago. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?”

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

"Technology won't replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who don't" This was just one of the contentious and thought provoking statements made at Learning Through Technology this week in Glasgow. Both events had several common threads, including the new roles of education professionals, the impact of technology on education and the ways students are appropriating new tools to support their learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

Johnson also didn’t want her children to go through the next two months with no educational tools beyond the worksheets she’d picked up from the Greenville Public School District and limited access to online materials through Kentiona’s phone, shared between the four of them.

The Social Institute Unveils Curriculum for 4th Graders on SEL

eSchool News

Surveys reveal the average age kids get cell phones is ten years old, and exposure to mobile devices begins at a much younger age. As a team of digital natives, we bridge the digital divide between students and adults by offering a comprehensive curriculum and school presentations.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

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The report is the work of the COVID Collaborative, a coalition of education, health and economic experts, written by the former directors of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

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. would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top New

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education. If you look at data from the National Center for Education Statistics, you can see steady gains made between 2000 and 2018. But the benefits of a higher education are not simply economic.

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. Educators sign up with a Teacher account and then set up classes and accounts for students. International Children’s Digital Library.