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. “Access to hardware is less of an issue,” said Kevin Clark, director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

8 Key Focus Areas for Developing a Re-Entry Plan

A Principal's Reflections

During the crisis, we have seen digital leadership strategies embraced and innovation take hold despite roadblocks. Additionally, the digital divide is wider than many perceived. Flexible and Innovative Schedules for Social Distancing There is no guarantee that when schools re-open that social distancing guidelines will be relaxed. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just recently released guidelines for schools that can be found in this decision tree.

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30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide. Check any guidelines provided by your state DOE. Some educators might develop low or no tech lessons, while others concentrate on the digital experience. Take advantage of opportunities to promote regular and digital citizenship.

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State Spotlight: Governor Ivey Supports Alabama’s Rural and Struggling Students Through CARES Act Funds


Alabama is using its CARES Act funds to bridge the digital divide, improve remote learning opportunities and offer intensive academic supports. In addition, Alabama is directing $10 million to equip all school buses with Wi-Fi capabilities to increase internet connectivity and $4 million to improve remote learning opportunities by providing digital textbook and library resources for all students.

State Spotlight: Arizona Students, Educators Receive Strong Support from Governor Ducey’s CARES Act Plan


However, each state governor and state education agency has the flexibility to direct funds to prioritized programs and needs within federal guidelines. In addition to $40 million to expand broadband in rural communities through infrastructure investments to bridge the digital divide, the AZCares: Flexibility And Funding For Schools And Families plan provides a roadmap for ensuring Arizona students receive a quality education, including: .

How Long Should a Remote School Day Be? There’s No Consensus


In an effort to provide more definitive answers, districts, schools and a handful of states have begun issuing guidelines on shaping the school day into something both manageable and productive for students. Variable Guidelines Still, some things are a given, Rice says. To that end, a handful of state boards of education have issued a patchwork of guidance in their digital learning plans, specifying the number of hours of schoolwork appropriate for each grade level.

State Spotlight: Virginia’s CARES Plan Invests in Students’ Academic and Emotional Needs


However, each state governor and state education agency has the flexibility to direct funds to prioritized programs and needs within federal guidelines. In addition to $27 million for devices and internet to bridge the digital divide and $10 million towards early childhood education, the Commonwealth’s plan outlines several further initiatives aimed at education support and recovery, including: Expand Virtual Learning.

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report also provides families with laptops and internet service, helping reduce the digital divide that would have prevented many low-income kids from logging on. Families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (an income no higher than $52,400 for a family of four) qualify to sign up. Hadley said the program’s usage guidelines are in line with what’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

Carranza said New York City is making arrangements for students in poverty to get the devices and internet support they need – a critical issue with the gaping digital divide between wired, well-equipped districts and others that lack resources. Social distancing guidelines will mean fewer playdates and group activities, along with concerns about isolation and boredom. The halls inside Bothell High School in Bothell, Wash. stand empty.

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


A digital divide between teachers hurts students. And be in compliance with state, provincial and/or federal guidelines. If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach. You likely didn’t get training on how to be an IT guru. Which is why it’s so wonderful that some teachers are doing as much as they are when it comes to figuring out technology in their classrooms.

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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.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students. A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet.

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. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal. Now, in an effort to narrow the digital access gap, school leaders and community partners have devised a bevy of creative, albeit short-term, solutions. Having that digital backbone made the switch to distance learning nearly seamless — academically, at least. “We’re

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion. This issue constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity,” concluded a June 2017 report on the “homework gap” from the Consortium for School Networking. Angela Siefer, director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, on the homework gap.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day.

Makerspace Starter Kit Updated

The Daring Librarian

but after a couple months of a wasted materials (ex: uncompleted duct tape raincoats that ended up in a sticky ball) and some messy LEGO behavior, I realized we did indeed need a few guidelines. Yet you can go so much further with this digital duct tape."

Digital school strategies

Learning with 'e's

One of the most important digital divides to overcome is the technophobia divide - the wills and the will nots. What do you think are the key elements schools need to address in a digital strategy? Anti-cyberbullying guidelines, e-safety and acceptable use policies – all of these are important, but the best way to formulate them is to get teachers and students together around the table to discuss the best ways forward.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology. But we have too many teachers, even new teachers fresh out of college, with no idea how to utilize digital tools to increase student learning. Below are digital learning tips that any teacher can use in their classroom. When you are planning a digital learning experience, be goal oriented!

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Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!


Digital media literacy continues to rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. We used to hear about the digital divide. One participant in the session noted it''s easier to catch kids cheating digitally because the evidence is on the device. It includes usage guidelines and possible consequences.


Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. We also know that other school districts across the country are in the midst of trying to incorporate technology to enhance learning, and to close the so-called digital divide — to ensure all students have access to an Internet-enabled device. Digital Education K-12 News

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Hack Education

The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. Also off campus, not on-: “ Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide.” From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” “ Digital Redlining, Access, and Privacy ” by Chris Gilliard and Hugh Culik. Education Politics.


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Via The New York Times : “ Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students.” Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” ” Via Education Dive : “ Digital ed tech pricing library brings transparency to procurement.” Education Politics. “How higher education made President Trump ,” according to Jeffrey Selingo.