How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it.

Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”. But, he adds, ”We really found early on that home broadband is our priority and has to be the priority for closing the digital divide.”. Our world is digital literacy now.


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PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures

The Hechinger Report

Preliminary results from a new survey of school districts confirm what many parents learned through the Zoom grapevine. But the amount of time was not the only difference, according to a recent survey: the type of instruction students received also diverged dramatically.

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PROOF POINTS: 10,000 student study points to kindergarteners who may become heavy screen users

The Hechinger Report

Researchers at Penn State analyzed 10,000 students and found that kindergarteners in low-income families and Black kindergarteners of all incomes had a higher propensity to be heavy users of technology by the end of elementary school.

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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.

Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

The Hechinger Report

While studying this digital divide, Skinner, an assistant professor of higher education and policy at the University of Florida, noticed that conversation around the issue is often presented as an urban-rural divide.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

In a spring survey in California, nearly one-third of Spanish-speaking families said that they could not understand the distance learning information sent home by their children’s schools.

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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. A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie. Today Northborough and Southborough public schools have a much faster connection via fiber optic lines—35 Mbps up/down speeds at the elementary and middle schools and 150 Mbps at the high schools.

OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers

The Hechinger Report

A survey we conducted this spring of 575 low-income families with preschool age children found that 30 percent of parents were “very worried,” and another 47 percent were “somewhat worried,” about how school closures will affect their children’s learning and social skills development.

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Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

The organizations collaborated to articulate 10 principles for reopening that include listening to students, closing the digital divide, addressing basic needs, moving away from one-size-fits-all instruction and evaluation and creating an inclusive curriculum.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

The superintendent in Lincoln, Nebraska, says a district survey this past fall found that 10% of parents liked remote learning – pandemic or not. The digital pivot made some districts solve preexisting tech gaps. Federal funds help narrow the digital divide.

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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. It would be another month before Mississippi lawmakers and the state superintendent of education discussed the possibility of using a federal emergency relief package to purchase digital devices and hotspots for students.

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Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

ClassTag surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. More than half of those surveyed teach in public schools (66 percent) and more than half are elementary school teachers (60 percent). If digital access is a challenge, check out these practical ideas that can be implemented without any tech.

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.

COLUMN: Endangered public schools need federal leadership more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, has also asked for more federal funds , to close the digital divide and help low-income students most seriously affected by school closings.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA.

State Spotlight: Texas’ Student-Centered Response to COVID-19


A llow s elementary schools the flexibility to add additional instructional days (up to 210 days); . Since Texas schools closed in March , the TEA has continued implementing new programs and providing resources focused on four key goals: designing new school models ; innovating special education instruction ; bridging the digital divide ; and assessing anticipated learning loss. . Bridging the Digital Divide. With 5.4 million?students

Make Parents Comfortable with Tech for a Successful 1:1 Program

EdTech Magazine

Like other K–12 school districts around the country, you’re closing the digital divide — making sure your students have access to technology that paves the way for their future successes. According to CoSN’s 2017 infrastructure survey of district tech officials , 40 percent of respondents said their school systems already offer one device per student, and 43 percent expect to reach that threshold within three years.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Nearly a third of high school students surveyed reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to the CDC.

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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. 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. Organization: Digital Promise.

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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. Perhaps a digital learning journal could be employed to promote reflection. In a Blended Learning Environment the physical and digital classroom become integrated.

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. Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Relationship over reproach: Fostering resilience by embracing a trauma-informed approach to elementary education. Online and Digital Instruction.

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. On one of these towers, the Albemarle County schools have hung base stations that link to broadband internet beamed up from the roof of a nearby elementary school. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Read more about the Digital Divide.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. By all accounts, developing technological skills will continue to be crucial in an increasingly digital world.