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

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. This current pot of money serves many needs, from K-12 schools to libraries and telemedicine.

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Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

Hotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin. At 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. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fi

3 steps we’re taking to ensure true digital equity

eSchool News

Across the nation, school districts are investing in one-to-one computing programs and supplying digital devices for their students to use as learning tools. We want to make sure all of our students, even those from the poorest homes, can contribute to our digital future.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

On the back of my Sephora catalog, windows of shops, and in my library! A Quick Response (QR) code is a two-dimensional or 2D bar code which can be interpreted by any mobile phone with camera capabilities. QR Codes in the Classroom - and the Library!

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

Edsurge

Educators and digital equity advocates have tried a number of solutions to close the so-called “homework gap,” from deploying mobile hotspots to getting help from local businesses , but the problem has persisted. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

The bilingual (English/Spanish) mobile-first digital tool was informed by what parents say they need and developed by leading content experts. Organizations and coalitions including Learning Keeps Going , Tech for Learners , Google , and Digital Promise have also compiled lists of resources from various education organizations as well as available edtech products. Bridging The Digital Divide. appeared first on Digital Promise.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

LILAC was held in the heart of Manchester University , in a well appointed conference centre, where almost 300 library and information professionals gathered for three days to discuss information literacy.

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. BYOD deepens the digital divide.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for 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. Books can be read online or on most mobile devices. You can read them online, on a mobile device, or download them. Open Library.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

Not long ago, mobile devices were considered perfect for any past-time activity, and had no place in the classroom. What is left to do is to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and make it easy for them to flag, block and report any inappropriate online materials or behaviour.

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Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. But Parkland school leaders are taking proactive steps to improve digital equity. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district?

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

Higher education is America’s most effective engine of economic and social mobility, and it plays a historically important role in creating a thriving democracy. It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education.

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms. School districts can’t just invest in laptops, mobile devices and other hardware, then call it a day. To make the best use of the technology, and to try to give every student a comparable digital learning experience, teachers need professional development, says Kim Buryanek, associate superintendent of Sioux City Community School District in Iowa. It’s a digital divide too.

Advancing Equity in Education Through Wifi

MIND Research Institute

The so-called digital divide widens as soon as their students walk out the door. (To What if we told you that a tire shop in Las Vegas was standing at the front lines of the battle to close the digital divide? Clark County School District mobile device initiatives.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

radio, TV, mobile data, broadband. executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition thinks so.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Meanwhile, millions of American students trek to public libraries and fast-food restaurants to get online after school, or they go without — a problem known as the “homework gap.”. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. This edWebinar was hosted by SETDA and sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA) , Kajeet , Mobile Beacon , and Parana River Group.

14 Tips For Helping Students With Limited Internet Have Distance Learning

MindShift

While there are plenty of best practice guides available for online learning, strategies for bridging the digital divide are scarce. . Many providers are also waiving late fees for existing customers and increasing data caps for mobile hotspots. Although local libraries may be closed, their routers are likely still on. We regularly use our library’s wifi from outside when it’s closed.

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 school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Read more about the Digital Divide.

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

The Hechinger Report

Federal licenses to use spectrum that can carry mobile internet are a hot commodity, coveted by big telecommunications companies with money to spend at the periodic spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) designated the Wednesday of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD, pronounced bee-wad ). In a nutshell, CIPA requires that schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding “block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).” Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids

MindShift

She had spent plenty of time at school while her daughters were students in Brentwood, an affluent Nashville suburb with famously great schools, as a room mother and fundraiser, she even volunteered to work in the library. Gebbe/Flickr.

Big Rich Mt. Olympus: Legendary Drama!

The Daring Librarian

During testing season we have a challenge to support student research with limited access to our computer labs and mobile labs. The Task: "You''ve moved to the upscale neighborhood of Mt. Olympus, rubbing elbows with the big shots, the wealthy, the divine - yes the Greek Gods.

Got Charge? Giving Kids the Power!

The Daring Librarian

I've discovered that the mix of the digital divide, possible turbulent home lives, and general teenage forgetfulness results in a loss of power. What if a kid doesn't have a computer at home and just a mobile device and needs to do homework? 3 Times the Charm?

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Sunday, October 19th - Saturday, October 25th Digital Citizenship Week , Join us for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,