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. remotelearning COVID19 Digital Leadership re-entry remote learning

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Using ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

As educational systems are rebuilt after the disruption of the global pandemic, a new relief fund is providing aid to districts to address trauma, learning acceleration, the digital divide, and much more.

Using the ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

As educational systems are rebuilt after the disruption of the global pandemic, a new relief fund is providing aid to districts to address trauma, learning acceleration, the digital divide, and much more.

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.

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Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

Edsurge

And while systems might not continue to operate as 100 percent virtual schools in a post-COVID world, better access to learning technology is no longer negotiable in this increasingly-digital world. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

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

Edsurge

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.

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

ExcelinEd

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Waterford.org also provides families with laptops and internet service, helping reduce the digital divide that would have prevented many low-income kids from logging on. Hadley said the program’s usage guidelines are in line with what’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Should Remote Learning Be an Option, Even After the Pandemic?

Graphite Blog

For both students and teachers, online learning has come with a lot of challenges, from the digital divide and technology access to mental health impacts , or a lack of essential school and community supports. If so, what guidelines might be necessary?

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

ExcelinEd

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.

Why So Many Are Behind with Remote Learning

The Innovative Educator

They chose not to figure out ways to bridge the digital divide for the most vulnerable families and students. They choose to let strict guidelines in federal and state regulations be the reason to halt learning for everyone. We could have been focused on closing the digital divide. We could have provided the resources to support a digital education.

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.

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

TeacherCast

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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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open ‘As Soon As Possible’

MindShift

It gives us an opportunity to really address that digital divide once and for all and provide the long term needs. If schools don’t have the physical space to meet that guideline, it’s not going to happen. Is that guideline going to change? President Biden’s new Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, hit the ground running Wednesday. Just one day after being sworn in, Cardona traveled to his hometown of Meriden, Conn.

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.

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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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.

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

edWeb.net

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.

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.

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. Here they are: As part of our Lego Creation Station Community, we have a few guidelines that you must agree to: Share Be willing to create and build with another student. Yet you can go so much further with this digital duct tape."

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!

EdTechSandyK

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.

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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

Hack Education Weekly News

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.