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

The Hechinger Report

Ramos knew there were many kids like her, eager to keep up with school but lacking the technology to do so. We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. Technology was the lifeline to information.”.

A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Two students who received laptops because of a parent-led effort to close the digital divide for Spanish-speaking families in Clark County, Nevada. Imagine what it is for Hispanic families that don’t speak English and … don’t have the technology.”.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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

The Hechinger Report

As the district prepares to reopen for full in-person learning on August 30, teachers are attending training sessions and figuring out just what role technology will play in their classrooms. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide


The debate really centers around the how and why implementing technology can help our students. How do we use, integrate, and engage learning with the newest technology? How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

Kajeet Awards $550,000 To 22 Organizations for Purchasing Connectivity Solutions That Drive Digital Inclusion in Education

eSchool News

To further the mission of closing the Digital Divide for students across the United States, each grant recipient will receive up to $25,000, which they may use for any combination of Kajeet Education Broadband solutions, including WiFi hotspots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks and routers.

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

The Hechinger Report

A new study suggests that this sort of technology overuse doesn’t just pop up during adolescence. We haven’t really known who are the kids at risk for being frequent users of these technologies as they grow up,” said lead researcher Paul Morgan, a professor of education at Penn State.

Study 111

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Nearly half of low-income districts distributed paper packets of worksheets to families while more than three-fourths of wealthier school districts distributed everything digitally. This digital divide had enormous consequences for what instruction meant.

OPINION: Why Black families have found some benefits in distance learning

The Hechinger Report

In my work as an elementary school teacher and principal, too often I saw teachers and administrators struggling to serve Black families. Distance learning dramatically closed the digital divide because these tools became a necessity to attend school.

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.

Three Examples: Elementary Charters Instructing Young Children at a Distance


To wrap up this unusual National Charter Schools Week , we have been thinking about some of our youngest and most vulnerable learners: students attending elementary grades. This is exactly why the digital divide is so damaging during the current pandemic.

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies


The need for new K-12 classroom technology has never been greater. In this situation, teachers need technology tools that allow them to provide the same high-quality experience for students learning at home and in person. Before you purchase new technology, create a detailed plan.

OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers

The Hechinger Report

In a randomized field experiment, we gave parents an electronic tablet with a preloaded digital library. The most effective way to do that is through technology. With social distancing measures in place, technology’s role is crucial.

3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity

eSchool News

Across the nation, school districts are investing in one-to-one computing programs and supplying digital devices for their students to use as learning tools. While these tools can be very empowering, giving each child a device isn’t enough to close the digital opportunity gap that exists between students of varying economic means. We want to make sure all of our students, even those from the poorest homes, can contribute to our digital future.

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.

10 steps for bringing connectivity home

eSchool News

This fall, Cypress-Fairbanks (TX) Independent School District is particularly excited about welcoming back 150 of our underserved elementary, middle, and high school students after they’ve enjoyed their first full summer of district-sponsored Wi-Fi. District Management Featured on eSchool News IT Management connectivity at home digital divide equity Internet connectivity

10 Tips for Piloting Technology in the Classroom


Successful tech pilots enhance learning, build excitement around new initiatives, and subject classroom technology to rigorous, data-based testing. At the end of the school year, your district should come away with a clear understanding of the value of technology in the classroom.

iPad 52

OPINION: Students need more computer training for our increasingly digital world

The Hechinger Report

From work to school to home, digital technology is everywhere. Given its growing influence, students must be equipped with computational thinking skills to genuinely connect and contribute to our digital world.

Technology and Innovation as Paths to Educational Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and, in many ways, worsened the digital divide and other inequitable aspects of America’s education system. Culatta, Chief Executive Officer of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); and Dr. Michael T.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

During a forum hosted by public policy think tank New America to discuss this new data, Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting FCC Chairwoman, called the homework gap “an especially cruel” part of the digital divide that existed long before the pandemic. It has been digitized.

OPINION: Post-pandemic, our schools and communities can and must do more to support one another

The Hechinger Report

Yes, they educate the next generation, but they also provide key social and digital functions that serve and support entire communities. Each hub would also make the social and digital benefits of school buildings more widely available to the entire neighborhood.

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for 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. Here are a list of sites that offer digital books for kids to adults: Bookopolis. International Children’s Digital Library.

OPINION: Here’s why chronically underfunded HBCUs are needed now more than ever

The Hechinger Report

They typically come from K-12 school systems that lack resources like state-of-the-art learning technology, curriculum and student supports. Second, we’ve taken ownership of the digital divide at the institutional level.

Report 108

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. 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.

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

The Hechinger Report

After a moment of disruption – of major disruption – the conditions are ripe for accelerating innovation,” says Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education. “We The digital pivot made some districts solve preexisting tech gaps.

Report 109

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.

Report 114

10 Tips for Piloting Technology in Schools


Successful tech pilots enhance learning, build excitement around new initiatives, and subject classroom technology to rigorous, data-based testing. Launching classroom technology in schools can accomplish many goals; some tools are used to improve test scores and prepare students for postsecondary success, while others help educators to raise literacy rates and decrease the number of students reliant on RTI programs. Ready to launch a technology pilot?

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

Schools’ struggles to engage English learners’ families during the pandemic partly stem from another pre-pandemic inequity — gaps in access to digital learning devices and the internet. Elementary to High School Opinion English language learners online learning Parents Personalized Learning

Report 100

Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

The significant shifts in adapting to remote learning involve how time is used, providing flexible pathways, ensuring there is regular feedback and the purposeful use of digital tools when appropriate. Keep in mind that some rely on technology, while others don't.

How Can We Close the Digital Learning Gap This School Year?

Digital Promise

My daughter is entering her third year of college, and I have three sons in elementary schools; my youngest starts first grade in a few weeks. Last year, my predecessor, Karen Cator outlined ways in which we can finally close the Digital Learning Gap. appeared first on Digital Promise.

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. This site provides thousands of digitized books, audio recordings, DVDs/CDs from the public domain (or out-of-copyright).

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

More than half of those surveyed teach in public schools (66 percent) and more than half are elementary school teachers (60 percent). In some cases, immense challenges such as digital equity and limited parental support at home have had to be addressed and overcome.

Using ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

Using the ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

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.

Rolling Out Across Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

For the 52 Cohort 6 schools that are just beginning their VILS journey, rollout is the beginning of new learning opportunities that are not possible without technology. Watch FOX19’s coverage of the Cincinnati rollout event: Jewel, a student at Sayler Park, served as a new correspondent for Verizon Innovative Learning in this video: Both schools in Glendale Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, rolled out earlier this month.

iPad 146

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Rising fourth graders listen as a teacher reads a book at an elementary school summer program in Silver Spring, MD. Our widespread foray into distance learning is forcing teachers to optimize technology.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

The former might still edge out students already impacted by the nation’s digital divide or who are without adult supervision. Coronavirus and Education K-12 Mississippi Solutions achievement gap Curriculum Mississippi newsletter Rural schools Technology access

Report 102

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. We must allow our students to use their gifts and skills to make and create using technology the teacher may not even be familiar with.

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.