Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

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One key problem prevalent in many low-socioeconomic communities around the nation—like San Antonio, which now has the highest poverty rate of the country's 25 largest metro areas —is the digital divide. Sadly, the war on poverty does not appear to have an end in sight.

Moving a Summer Program to the Virtual World — While Closing the Digital Divide

Edsurge

Teaching is the art of developing students to think critically for themselves and to work with others to create solutions and advocate for their ideas. For those working in education, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink how we engage with young people.

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PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

The Hechinger Report

A meta-analysis of 39 studies of children’s picture books finds that children score better on comprehension tests after reading a paper book than after reading a digital book. Digital picture books have been a godsend during the pandemic.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

We all want American life to return to normal as quickly as possible, and hope that the fall will see students walking across college campuses again. But we have to gird ourselves for the possibility that might not happen. The Class of 2020 is graduating from a distance.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

Edsurge

Clearly, remote learning is here to stay, at least for the next few months. In recognition of that reality, a new report has outlined “10 ways to make online learning work,” covering a range of best practices.

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. Success stories , like Forsyth County Schools from Georgia, Katy ISD from Texas, or Fairfax County Schools from Virginia, get to the ears of teachers and principals everywhere. But these pioneers have to be prepared for both success and failure. E-learning K-12

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OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. It’s critical that we attend to the full range of lessons the pandemic offers.

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

The suburban Seattle school is part of the Northshore School District, which closed earlier in March and has since paused its online learning program. (AP How to homeschool” is trending on Google. It’s going to be difficult for a lot of families.”.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

How Schools Are preparing – and Not Preparing – Children for Climate Change,” reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. How Forest Fires Are Prompting California to Rethink Strategies.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

A year into leading the March for Our Lives rallies in Arizona, where calls for stronger gun control fell mostly on deaf ears, Induja Kumar, 17, and her fellow student organizers decided to try something different. A lot of us became desensitized to really horrible things.

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AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them. The goal is for our computers to make humanlike judgments and perform tasks to make our lives easier, but if we’re not careful, our machines will replicate our racism, too.

COVID-19: Creating a new education reality

eSchool News

And with that, so did the shift from in-school instruction to online learning, which brought to light very complicated issues and inequities. Related content: 4 possible COVID-19 learning realities.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

In others, schools use PBS’s “Nova” program to help teach science. Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. Public Schools offer on-demand online tutoring sessions.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With education turning on the technology skills of students and teachers, its important to gain a rudimentary understanding of foundational technology. I mean the basics of how to use the tech tools that are driving learning. Address the digital divide.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

Yet, their greeting to one another carries a message about what truly makes them heroic: “ Kasserian Ingera.” Translation: “And, how are the children?”. Vast numbers of teachers, administrators, students, and their families and caregivers had to quickly pivot from their typical routines to having students take their work home due to the widespread impact of COVID-19. Bridging The Digital Divide. Nurturing Our Communities Online.

From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education

Neo LMS

Since the beginning of the school shutdowns, there have been debates about the effectiveness of online learning. Many education experts have offered ideas on how to improve what was, in essence, an emergency service for which the majority of teachers were not prepared.

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are now using a hybrid classroom model, with some students attending virtually and others in person. Some relief came in 2020 through the CARES Act with an initial $13 billion allotment to K-12 schools.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. It hasn’t been easy for them to say the least. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning.

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education

Neo LMS

While it’s important to discuss what is happening right now, we’ve had enough time to also think about the future. As usual, these things are hard to predict and nobody has a definite answer. Online learning is student-centered by default, having its own advantages and pitfalls.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

Edsurge

Libraries are temporarily closing their doors due to coronavirus—like so many other institutions in the wake of a growing pandemic. And like schools and colleges, they are trying to move operations online as much as they can. It’s figuring out how to get people online.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

Edsurge

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, educators across the country and around the world have been tasked with shifting to emergency remote teaching—a move from in-person to remote classes made necessary by pressing circumstances. choosing which tools to use to display their understanding).

Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

Edsurge

With school plans for the fall focused less on reopening and more on resuming remote learning, the mixed experience with online instruction from the spring offers many lessons for how district leaders can better prepare for this next go around.

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29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

When we posted our 2020 predictions on January 1 last year, we–along with the majority of the world–definitely didn’t anticipate the curveball that was (and continues to be) the global COVID-19 pandemic. What can we take from this when we return to our classrooms?

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Why So Many Are Behind with Remote Learning

The Innovative Educator

Toltemara / Shutterstock Despite the fact that any state or district can run their own virtual learning program, until now, many never offered this as a public school option to families. K12 online school began offering their full-time virtual school to states in 1999. In districts across the United States, many families haven’t had the freedom to choose this option. For example, Washington state banned virtual learning.

How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

MindShift

On a recent summer day, librarian Lyn Hunter posted a video to YouTube on how to make a weather thermometer using a straw, rubbing alcohol and a bottle. And we put it on YouTube to make it as easy as possible to access.” . Learn. , Learn.”

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. Students without reliable access to the internet face a distinct disadvantage in their education. The so-called digital divide widens as soon as their students walk out the door. (To

Putting Interrupted Learning Back on Track

edWeb.net

Will online learning continue? And then the bigger question: How far behind did students fall? These few months of interrupted education call for a rethinking of how students learn. Practicing equitable learning approaches that work from learners’ strengths.

Discuss Education with Dr. P.A. Mathew.

Linways Technologies

From serving as the head of the commerce department of Christ University, Bangalore, and the director of FISAT, Cochin to being an edupreneur, the journey of Dr. P.A The greatest learning has been to realise that change is endemic to human life.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. How do I facilitate PBL in blended learning environment?”. Welcome to the Future!

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Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, was concerned about how that could happen safely. “I I go to a school with over 2,000 kids that walk through the door every single day,” she said. How is one nurse going to be responsible for all of those kids?”.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 and 29 Combined Edition). So why do I still want schools to use them? Summer.

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Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements?

What New Research on Young Kids’ Media Use Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

The newest wave of the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight (also conducted in 2011 and 2013) shines a spotlight on the increasing presence that devices and media have in young kids’ lives. We dive in here to consider a few of the key findings and what they mean for teachers. For educators, the rise of mobile media in homes presents us with an important role to play for kids and families. Introduce digital citizenship skills early.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. PANGUITCH, Utah — Both before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom. Some kids come to log extra time on class projects.