How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City. When schools closed in mid-March, Kansas City was confronted by the region’s deep digital divide. million in funds to provide 1,528 laptops, tablets, and devices, as well as 869 hotspots for local students.

Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

The Hechinger Report

BRUNSWICK, Maine—Like many school districts, Brunswick School Department in Maine suddenly has a lot more laptops and tablets to manage than it planned for. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”. Our world is digital literacy now.

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A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Two students who received laptops because of a parent-led effort to close the digital divide for Spanish-speaking families in Clark County, Nevada. Gurr asked group members if they had a laptop. Some sent money donations, while others sent laptops directly.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.

Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide. District Management Featured on eSchool News IT Management digital divide family

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

Edsurge

As of December 2020, the number of students impacted by the digital divide has narrowed to 12 million. today, “the digital divide predated the coronavirus pandemic and will persist beyond it if stakeholders do not seize the moment,” they write.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

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. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

Edsurge

The state of Connecticut thinks it may have found a straightforward solution to the problem: Give every student in grades K-12 a laptop and pay for their internet. The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.”

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

Edsurge

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. Together we can close the gap on the digital divide.

New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

The Hechinger Report

Rory Kennedy examines the gaps computer and internet access between wealthy and impoverished schools in her latest documentary, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”. Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. How long has the “digital divide” been on your radar?

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

Edsurge

Along the way, we focused on five areas that we felt were necessary to serve our community of young people: Mitigate the Digital and Connectivity Divide Access to computers and a dependable internet connection is critical to delivering any form of online learning.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

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. Most debates center on choosing the best classroom hardware to bridge the gap: ‘Should we try to get a laptop on every desk? The subtler, but no less harmful, digital divide is between the students who are empowered to be creators and problem solvers with technology, and those who aren’t.

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.

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

NPR Learning and Tech

It was 15 years ago that Maine began the first, and still the only, statewide school laptop program. Experts worry that an attempt to bridge the digital divide might have widened it. Image credit: Eric Diotte for NPR

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

Created in partnership with the education non-profit Digital Promise , Teacher Training Pathways will help teachers become more efficient and effective in delivering technology-integrated instruction. To learn more about Verizon’s Digital Inclusion efforts, visit CitizenVerizon.com.

Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., nearly one in 10 families (9%) do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home. Newsline connectivity digital digital divide divide global internet leadership mobile Software solutions

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

The Hechinger Report

This longstanding digital divide for learners of all ages has morphed into a divide that is keeping these vulnerable students offline during a critical period. Digital Divide Digital Education Higher Ed News Opinion digital education online learning Technology access

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

One of the more glaring issues was the vast digital divide that still exists in many places, especially the United States. Every day I see new articles highlighting the millions of dollars; in some cases, spent to either begin to close or eradicate the digital divide.

PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures

The Hechinger Report

Nearly half of low-income districts distributed paper packets of worksheets to families while more than three-fourths of wealthier school districts distributed everything digitally. This digital divide had enormous consequences for what instruction meant.

Study highlights plight of students with only one device at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. The report, “ The Digital Divide and Educational Equity ,” looks at the 14 percent of ACT-tested students who said they had access to only one device at home. 28 percent of students who have one device at home say that device is provided by their school–40 percent of those students have a laptop and 31 percent have a smartphone. •

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. The devices, paired with school laptop computers, give students online access outside school hours for homework. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiAt Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library.

The Device Conundrum - 1:1 vs BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. It is tough to argue the potential impact of either program that is implemented diligently and with a focus on learning that will not result in the enhancement of essential skills sets that our students need to succeed in today''s digital world.

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Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

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Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Previously via laptop computers, but more recently via mobile devices. 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?

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide. To get around the problem of the perceived 'digital divide' the school also provides laptops and other tools for children who don't have their own personal device. mobile phones education digital divide schools learning cell phones BYODMobile learning is on the rise.

MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

More Verbs

It’s easy to walk into a big box store or search eBay and look at some of the inexpensive tablets and laptops that are available, then look at the per-pupil cost of a MLTI and think that it could be made less expensive. The first misunderstanding is that MLTI simply buys a laptop or tablet for each student. ” It is true, MLTI has helped close the digital divide. But there are two digital divides. This first one is the Digital Access Divide.

Tools and strategies to make remote learning click for all students

Neo LMS

While there are video and audio tools that help bridge the physical distance, your communications strategy needs to include cognizance of the digital divide and your students’ access to these tools. Read more: 6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. Milton Area School District in central Pennsylvania, for example, found that purchasing laptops and tablets for students was not enough to prepare them for virtual instruction.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. Milton Area School District in central Pennsylvania, for example, found that purchasing laptops and tablets for students was not enough to prepare them for virtual instruction. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. Milton Area School District in central Pennsylvania, for example, found that purchasing laptops and tablets for students was not enough to prepare them for virtual instruction. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas.

How K?12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. Milton Area School District in central Pennsylvania, for example, found that purchasing laptops and tablets for students was not enough to prepare them for virtual instruction. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. Milton Area School District in central Pennsylvania, for example, found that purchasing laptops and tablets for students was not enough to prepare them for virtual instruction. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas.

12 Websites for Digital Books 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. Usually, that meant desktop computers, iPads, and laptops, either in small groups or 1:1. International Children’s Digital Library.

OPINION: Here’s why chronically underfunded HBCUs are needed now more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Second, we’ve taken ownership of the digital divide at the institutional level. Like many colleges, we’ve created a laptop loaner program to meet the needs of both on- and off-campus students by providing year-long access to reliable, new devices.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

In its announcement, Sprint called the effort “the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access.” ” Sprint already addresses the digital divide though programs including the White House’s ConnectED and ConnectHome, My Brother’s Keeper and other efforts. Sprint Corp.