How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City.

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

Digital Promise

As a result, Verizon Innovative Learning recently received the 2021 Halo Award for Best COVID-19 Initiative from Engage for Good. Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

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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. The post A parent-led effort to close the digital divide appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

The U.S. needs billions to close the digital divide

eSchool News

As Americans close out one year of pandemic-related school disruption and head into a second, the digital divide remains a daunting challenge for K-12 public school systems in most states.

Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

Is there a digital divide in our schools? 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. According to Mary Beth Hertz, who is an art/ technology teacher in Philadelphia, there is an entertainment vs empowerment divide.

3 Priorities in Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. Here is what they learned You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Kent School District in Kent, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Kent in February, 2015.

How Datacasting Can Help Bridge the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Census Bureau’s December 2020 Household Pulse Survey, 658,719 households with children in public or private school lack internet access — a detrimental situation when kids across the nation are still engaged in remote learning.

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

Edsurge

In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. When schools closed last March, roughly 16 million U.S.

K–12 Leaders Can Work with Local Governments to Address the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

The digital divide is an unrelenting problem in K–12 districts across the country. Students lack the connectivity and devices they need to succeed, and educators are struggling to provide meaningful learning environments without these tools.

Why I’m optimistic about bridging the digital divide

eSchool News

While administrators have gone above and beyond to address students’, parents’ and teachers’ needs when schools shifted to remote learning, it has become clear that districts were not prepared to deliver solutions that would ensure every student could embrace remote and online learning.

WANRack commits to closing the digital divide

Education Superhighway

Over the past eight years, WANRack has worked with schools and communities to close the digital divide and ensure students have access to digital learning in every classroom, every day. With the increasing use of technology as a tool for learning, students and teachers need more than basic connectivity. With that in mind, WANRack announced their continued commitment to unlocking digital learning opportunities across the country.

Why School Bus WiFi is Growing in K-12

Kajeet

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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. Creating learning communities of parents.

When the digital divide is made worse by a pandemic

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. As if that’s not bad enough, the COVID-19 crisis, which forced students across the globe to learn at home while schools closed physical operations, made inequities even more apparent.

How Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning

Kajeet

The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes.

Fall Semester is Here. Now What?

Kajeet

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Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

This year you can look forward to ever-more interesting news and views on the hot ed-tech and e-learning topics currently doing the rounds of academics, pedagogic experts and teachers across the globe. 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.

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

Edsurge

Today, when strong internet connectivity is all but required for learning, such gaps can serve as insurmountable barriers to learning. 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.

Closing the Digital Divide: 5 Digital Literacy Strategies to Help Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Digital literacy skills are critical for adult learners to fully participate in our digital society. Mockingbird Education’s infusion teaching strategy helps adult learners become confident digital citizens by following a three-step process: explicit teaching of the skill, immediate practice, then reflection on how the skill can be used in a learner’s own life. Adult Learning Blog Educators

A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

EdTech Magazine

When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution.

Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide. The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

How do we use, integrate, and engage learning with the newest technology? How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Here at Schuylerville Central School District, we have been working to close this gap using professional development, class activities, and administrative support to make sure what we are doing fosters learning for our students.

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

Edsurge

As the pandemic unfolded, our team at SMASH, a nationwide summer residential program for STEM education serving students of color, had to move an established, 17-year program into a virtual learning environment. As STEM educators, we believe in the power of learning and iterating.

Is Classroom Technology Really Narrowing the Digital Divide? [Quiz]

Edsurge

Take our quiz, and see what you learn! Education Technology Technology Trends Technology Tips Student Success Teaching & Learning Diversity and EquityAs schools strive to make information accessible to all students, technology provides great solutions. At the same time, it often presents its own set of challenges to overcome. So, the question remains, is technology in the classroom a hindrance or an opportunity? Having trouble viewing? Click here to see the quiz full screen.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Tomorrow's Learners

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth. There is no doubt that digital technology is changing every aspect of life from how we communicate to the way we learn.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social, says Matt Britland. The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social. And teaching and learning are certainly moving in this direction. I have made no secret of the fact that I think technology, when used correctly, is hugely advantageous to enhancing student learning. Blog digital divide edtech

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?

IT Challenges Schools Face

Kajeet

IT will continue to play an increasingly important role in how teachers teach and how students learn. Digital Learning Technology Insight Digital Divide WiFi for Students distance learning IT

Conquering the digital divide at school–and at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. Related content: Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. New research from ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning shows that underserved students with access to only one electronic device in their home may find it difficult to complete schoolwork. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide.

Here’s how family tech nights help close 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.

Building Social Connections Through Virtual Learning

Kajeet

Developing strong student-teacher relationships is an important part of effective teaching and learning and has been shown to lead to better student outcomes. Here we talk about building social connections in a virtual learning or distance learning environment – why it is important, the challenges inherent in doing it virtually, and what teachers can do to build and strengthen virtual connections with and between their students.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

The digital divide and the opportunity gap. At DeKalb County School District in Georgia, we set out to create a plan that narrows the digital divide our students are facing at school, in the community, and at home. By providing our students with the digital technology needed for modern learning, we’ve started closing the opportunity gap caused in part by digital and technological inequities. Installing hotspots to fire up 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 Others spend long hours studying in the computer labs at the Doña Ana Community College Hatch Learning Center, adjacent to the high school. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.