New ISTE Book: How to Close the Digital Divide for Students

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A 2016 survey of 1,200 parents revealed that while 94 percent of families are connected to the internet, 23 percent access it on mobile devices, 26 percent share a single computer and 20 percent experienced loss of internet service due to lack of payment

Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

Is there a digital divide in our schools? This is an important question that has to be addressed by the leaders in school districts throughout the nation. 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.

How to Close the Homework Gap. Together.

Kajeet

In recent years, there have been amazing strides to close the Homework Gap that exists between school-age students who have broadband Internet access and those who do not. There’s still a lot of work to do to not only narrow but close the Homework Gap, once and for all.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

No child should have to go to such lengths just to do homework, and every child should have easy and affordable access to the Internet and the opportunity that access brings. Cox sets a good example of what needs to be done by the highest levels of corporate leadership.

Maine’s Statewide Laptop Program Boosts Tech Access, but Digital Divide Persists

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom computers can’t boost student outcomes if educators don’t know how to use them innovatively. Classroom Digital Content Hardware Notebooks

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

eSchool News

For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology a student uses, so much as what the student is encouraged to do with it.

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

Neo LMS

More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning. But these pioneers have to be prepared for both success and failure.

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Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]

Neo LMS

In the last week’s post I promised to address exactly 10 BYOD concerns that keep schools reluctant to allowing students to use their mobile devices in the classroom. I invite you to check them out again. BYOD can lead to network overload.

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How to Address Digital Equity

techlearning

The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. Below is an executive summary of the most recent update to its Digital Equity Initiative Toolkit.

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. The panelists were a true joy to plan and present with.

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5 things districts are doing to close the homework gap

eSchool News

Despite a brighter spotlight on digital equity, gaps still remain, including the troubling and persistent homework gap–but a newly-relaunched digital equity toolkit aims to highlight the important work districts across the nation are taking to address equity differences.

5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Five Ways to Flip Your Classroom.

How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

MindShift

And the more I thought about it, I realized that this was an equity access issue that ran even deeper than the digital divide. “I tried to take one computer science class in college, but I felt completely disengaged,” he said. Getting ready to present @ White House!

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Overall, more than 39 million students enjoy bandwidth speeds to support digital learning. But the report stresses there is still work to be done to connect more than 2,000 schools that lack fiber connections.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

From temp teachers to entire school districts, more and more educational staff debate about or seriously consider the adoption of BYOD in their instruction. But when students are allowed to bring their own devices to school, these can become valuable learning tools.

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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.

Celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the NEO Blog

Neo LMS

But since November 17 is a Saturday this year and we’re not talking about the celebration of a toddler’s birthday but about that of a blog, the NEO team decided to do something special about it today! So take a look at this process of bridging the digital divide, using a step-by-step model.

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4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

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. A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access.

Editor's Note: New Rules for Schools

techlearning

While it may be an unfortunate reality that disturbed people will post threats to schools online, there may be hope going forward that their actions won’t mean lockdowns or other disturbances to the school day. Be sure to look for highlights in the coming months.

The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

How will a changing economy redistribute jobs and economic growth in the United States? Its thesis is that we’ll probably see urban areas that are economically growing now continue to do well, while a large chunk of America will stagnate or fall behind.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

Thanks to — or because of — technology change happens at a faster rate than ever before, and education makes no exception. How to know which is which? There is no right answer to that, but keeping an eye on the right people can’t hurt. Who else would you add to it?

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Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. They self-organized readings and key points to examine.

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3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum. We’re looking forward to DLAC20!

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of evidence to make educators reflect upon their use of technology. This week I came across a post by Larry Ferlazzo that asked educators to provide their response to why EdTech has over-promised and under-delivered.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. We must come together on the common ground of education as pivotal to the creation of a robust democratic society.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race. We knew we wanted to help them visualize the journey ahead. Ready to Commit.

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

The best method to reach them is with a short, pithy message that’s informative and easy to access. DialMyCalls is a quick, intuitive approach to sending messages to large (or small) groups in exactly the way they are comfortable getting them: on their phones.

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The term This term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Educate to Innovate ). STEM to STEAM ).

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

MindShift

And, the average amount of time our smallest children spend with those handheld devices each day is skyrocketing too: from 5 minutes a day in 2011, to 15 minutes a day in 2013, to 48 minutes a day in 2017. To see more, visit [link

Developing a Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Classrooms

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It suggests that the vast majority of students have access to broadband capabilities. The goal of Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to equip every school in the country with high-speed broadband by 2018 at speeds greater than 100 Mbps. Given the current rate of implementation, however, that timeframe looks to be delayed. Beyond internet capability, not every student has access to a laptop or tablet necessary for most ed-tech tools.

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

TeacherCast

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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New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

Edsurge

That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes. In addition to that hour of TV, kids are spending about 48 minutes on a mobile device. When a screen is tiny, it’s hard to co-view.”

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Older makers can use Make: DIY Projects for inspiration, ideas, and how-tos.

Digital Citizenship: From Compliance to Moral Imperative

Leadership Lounge

The June 1 deadline is rapidly approaching for school districts to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) so they can receive E-rate funding. The program has become an essential way for schools to pay for technology infrastructure maintenance.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. We must come together on the common ground of education as pivotal to the creation of a robust democratic society.

Making Sense of the Common Sense Census

Gaggle Speaks

We were talking about how Gaggle and Common Sense Education could work together to draw attention to the need to teach Digital Citizenship and further protect students when they use school- or district-provided technology.

Rufus Glasper to Community College Leaders: “Online is Not Evil”

Edsurge

Rufus Glasper, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, wants leaders to start thinking differently about that. EdSurge sat down with Glasper earlier this month at the ASU+GSV Summit, as part of our Thought Leader Interview series to talk with him on the future of education, what challenges community colleges will face. We have moved to an expanded mission in some ways. No one wants to be place-bound now. I think the conversation needs to change.

Advancing Equity in Education Through Wifi

MIND Research Institute

What does equal access to high quality education look like? Students need online access to conduct research projects, use educational apps and access homework, while parents need to receive important communication from their school and teachers through the web.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.