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. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t. 1 Further, there’s a second level digital divide 2 that’s emerging in the classroom. Providing professional development to support teachers’ effective use of technology in classrooms.

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Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

But in our powered-by-technology world, we can harness technology to augment teacher capacity and ensure students acquire the skills needed for a productive and fulfilling future. There are pockets of inspiration and excellence where students and teachers are leveraging technology to solve complex problems, work with big data sets, connect across borders, access experts, collaborate with peers, and engage in compelling projects.

Chaos Learning: Classroom vs Online?

My Island View

We have the technology! Educators at every level have strived to use the technology to collaborate in finding solutions and methods to help themselves and their students through this mess. By experiencing the use of technology in learning, the teachers are as much students as the younger people they are charged to teach. The greatest problem exposed is the digital divide caused by the economic divide. It is not a passive exercise.

COVID-19, academia, and the big push online: an update

Bryan Alexander

” Campus emergency plans and exercises seem to be being updated and tested. My readers know that the digital divide means unequal access to bandwidth, which can limit use of video and large files. For example, according to the data aggregated by Worldometer : If this data bears out – or, more importantly, if most people believe and act upon it – then we could see efforts to enroll senior citizens become more digital.

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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.

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

EdTechTeam

Cross-posted from Digital Promise Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching JULY 26, 2017 | BY KAREN CATOR In 2014, I wrote – The problem with education in America is not the lack of excellence. But in our powered-by-technology world, we can harness technology to augment teacher capacity and ensure students acquire the skills needed for a productive and fulfilling future. Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise.

Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

A Principal's Reflections

To date, these statistics are: 140 million+ lessons delivered, 500 million+ exercises done, and 6+ million unique visits per month. Next challenge: we have to bridge the digital divide for kids @irasocal: There are few bigger frauds in American than Sal Khan #NSBAconf Khan Academy is not a silver bullet that will fix education and improve achievement as a stand-alone entity. Change education reform educational technology Flipped Classroom Khan Academy Opinion

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. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights. Turns out — and not really a surprise — the cost of the digital devices was minor compared to the cost of the websites and webtools required to meet goals.

What Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

For almost a century, technology enthusiasts have promised that new innovations can democratize education. Even when online learning is free, people with greater financial, social, and technological resources are better able to take advantage of these new opportunities. Technologies that truly democratize education should disproportionately benefit the students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access high-quality learning experiences. By John Hansen and Justin Reich.

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