Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures


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. Digital divide: facts and figures.

Digital Divide


Is there a digital divide in our schools? Before we get into the importance of the digital divide in schools, what is the digital divide? A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to Mary Beth Hertz, who is an art/ technology teacher in Philadelphia, there is an entertainment vs empowerment divide.

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7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide


How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Each week I post a new question that our connected teachers have posted on a shared Google Doc and the students record a video explaining how to solve the problem. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide.

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Ray Allen Foundation Gifts Computer Lab to Miami-Dade Middle School to Help Bridge the Digital Divide. I want to say thank you for your accomplishments and your efforts to close the digital divide,” Bulnes told Allen. We partner with Microsoft, we partner with Google to make a lot of different form factors, such as desktops and laptops, that roll out in schools districts,” said Shealy. Google+.

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

eSchool News

Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. cities, Google Fiber, which provides an internet connection speed of up to one gigabit per second (1,000 Mbit/s), is attempting to reduce the size of the homework gap. Google’s strategy.

How Google Docs Improves Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Google Docs is a free word processing program that does 99% of everything a student will ever need to do when writing. What isn’t included as part of the Google Docs program tool can be augmented with mostly free third-party add-ons, extensions, and apps. Embed Google Docs.

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Google Champions Teacher Tech Training with New Program

EdTech Magazine

By Wendy McMahon The partnership between Google, Digital Promise and EdTechTeam seeks to solve the digital divide around professional development. Management Professional Development Training

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide".

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu


Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc? Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

A Science Fair Revolution: Putting the Trifold on Trial

The Daring Librarian

The products of this conversation (Google doc, Wallwisher, wiki, & Slideshare) will generate layers of sharing, producing, and value. Diane Cordell digital divide digital shift educon science fair projects tim holt

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5 Tips to Become a Google Certified Innovator

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Tips to Become a Google Certified Innovator appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 5 Tips to Become a Google Certified Innovator. Wanna be a Google Certified Innovator?! What is the Google Certified Innovator Program? Research Other Google Certified Innovators.

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. Video Courtesy of Redwood City School District.

#BacktoSchool List Begone. Google Chromebooks Are the New Kid in Town

The Innovative Educator

If you're still talking about the digital divide, you haven't heard about Google Chromebooks. Say "Goodbye back to school list" and "Hello Google Draw, Docs, Sheets, Calculator, and more." intelchromebooks Google in Education Chromebooks are not only affordable, they actually save schools, districts, and families money. Chromebooks are only about $225 and last for about three years. That's $75 a year.

Change Needed Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

A Principal's Reflections

As a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, one of my responsibilities is to help provide practical strategies for accomplishing change in the digital age. Change Future Ready Schools Google Cardboard ICLE LEGO Makerspace Model Schools Conference

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]


BYOD deepens the digital divide. Even when schools provide for these students — like making them beneficiaries of a BYOD funding program, or letting them check out a device from the school’s library — the digital divide doesn’t disappear completely.

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4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives


The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The Digital Equity Initiative.

Mark Bauerlein on Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

He came on the show in January of 2010 to speak with us about his other book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

This is leading to an emerging “second level digital divide” in US schools, fueled by differences in how technology is utilized to advance teaching and learning. To close this divide, we must fully support educators with the skills and tools they need to power up the learning environment. With generous support from Google , we are launching the Dynamic Learning Project, a pilot with 50 U.S.

OPINION: Online homework is a problem for 5 million families without internet at home

The Hechinger Report

Related: New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’. These assignments, like most made by your teachers, must be emailed or dropped into your teacher’s cloud-based Google classroom by 11 p.m. . Imagine you’re in high school.

Advancing Equity in Education Through Wifi

MIND Research Institute

The so-called digital divide widens as soon as their students walk out the door. (To What if we told you that a tire shop in Las Vegas was standing at the front lines of the battle to close the digital divide? Here’s a primer on creating your own Google Map.).

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

EdTech Magazine

Each student has a brand-new laptop and has easily mastered Google Classroom and the other educational apps you carefully chose for them. 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. Make Parents Comfortable with Tech for a Successful 1:1 Program. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:28.

Experts Weigh in on Key Considerations for K–12 1:1 Programs

EdTech Magazine

At the Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership Institute , schools looking to successfully plan a training program should give teachers plenty of time to work with the tech, stick with a few specific initiatives and have a clear vision educators will be able to follow. .

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

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby


Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? Google Classroom for assignment submission, Twitter for homework notification. A digital divide between teachers hurts students.

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Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching


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. Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise.

Deep learning

Learning with 'e's

This week I read an article that documented the recent partnership between futurist Ray Kurzweil and Google''s Larry Page. What will happen to the social and cultural divides that currently separate us across the globe?

Are educational videos leaving low-income students behind?

The Hechinger Report

Neuman at New York University, conducted an in-depth study published in April 2018 of 100 of the most popular videos that claim to be “educational” and stream over Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and Google Play. Related: Technology overuse may be the new digital divide.

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Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

A Principal's Reflections

As the site increased in popularity it caught the eye of Bill Gates and Google with an end result being over 4 million in funding. While attending the NSBA Annual Conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Sal Kahn’s keynote on Sunday. Khan is the creator of Khan Academy.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Building the Digital Dream. The Impact of Digital Dreamers.

Subscribe to Blogs: Let the Information Come to You

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

She described The New Digital Divide in great detail, but the one idea that encouraged me to start this blog can be found in her description of the difference between "Those who know who to get info to travel to them vs. those who don’t." You will be walked through the steps of adding the blog to a familiar personalized page you may or may not have already created, or you can take my suggestion and choose to add the blog to a Google Reader page.

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

Doug Levin

“I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions. The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge. " says Google Family Link manager Saurabh Sharma.

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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. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Read more about the Digital Divide.

Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model


As textbook giants shift to all-digital products that integrate homework, students are essentially forced to buy digital materials from publishers to turn in their assignments. Students Seek Workarounds Some students have sought ways around buying digital homework systems.