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

Edsurge

The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.” But even that wasn’t enough to completely close the divide, says Doug Casey, the executive director at the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, who heads the home broadband part of the program.

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 The Hatch Valley schools receive the FCC’s E-Rate initiative, which reimburses schools and libraries for expenses related to internet access. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

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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. In Wisconsin, 15 school districts are using the Kajeet mobile hotspots to help bridge the learning gap between students who have internet access at home and those who don’t. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fi

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.

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.

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. While these tools can be very empowering, giving each child a device isn’t enough to close the digital opportunity gap that exists between students of varying economic means. We want to make sure all of our students, even those from the poorest homes, can contribute to our digital future.

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! QR codes can also be used to conduct a treasure hunt of information in the school library. QR Codes - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki A Time to Give Thanks It''s true the more you give the more your receive.

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. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

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?

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.,

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program

eSchool News

To support digital inclusion, Kajeet will provide one year of free internet connectivity hardware and patented Kajeet® managed service to equity-focused organizations. Kajeet remains laser-focused on closing the digital divide, and this grant program is another step in our journey.”.

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. As the #lilac13 Twitter stream will reveal, there were lively and protracted debates around the changing nature of library spaces, the nature of knowledge, the future of books and reading, and the impact of digital media.

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. Students from low-income families may not be able to afford new mobile devices, or the devices they can afford won’t be the top performing ones.

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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.

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?

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. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship. Myths No 3: BYOD will deepen 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. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights. Turns out — and not really a surprise — the cost of the digital devices was minor compared to the cost of the websites and webtools required to meet goals.

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.

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.

Case Study: Chicago Connected

Education Superhighway

With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the philanthropic community, and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) recognized a historic opportunity to eliminate broadband accessibility as a barrier to digital learning.

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? Public libraries, of course, are dependable partners in the free wifi zone movement, but tire shops, car dealerships, senior centers and juice shops are all on the list in Clark County School District, the Nevada district that includes Las Vegas.

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

The Hechinger Report

The message, from Zach Leverenz, founder of the nonprofit EveryoneOn, attacked the Educational Broadband Service (EBS), which long ago granted school districts and education nonprofits thousands of free licenses to use a slice of spectrum — the range of frequencies that carry everything from radio to GPS navigation to mobile internet. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

radio, TV, mobile data, broadband. executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. But an economic study conducted by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition estimated revenue to the government as a result of these auctions between $52 and $156 million. (It’s The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition thinks so.

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.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

Rather than using their school buses to bring students to schools, the district turned its buses into mobile service providers that could deliver meals and other types of support to students, while also serving as internet connection hotspots. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

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. ENA delivers comprehensive technology solutions supported by exceptional customer care to education and library institutions across the nation.

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. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”. By that measure, EBS has fallen well short of its promise, according to some digital-access advocates.

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 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.

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). In total, the homework gap hits some 12 million school-aged kids nationwide, according to a 2017 congressional report, “ America’s Digital Divide.”.

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. According to Putnam’s research, the digital divide has morphed: Rich kids and poor kids now have equal access to the Internet, but use it in different ways. 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. Challenge: Limited Technology, Time, & Maximize Engagement A simple shared library book cart loaded with World Book Encyclopedias, pulled mythology books, a MentorMob playlist (embedded below), a Wikipspaces page , and a few MacBooks can = meaningful mythology research! The Task: "You''ve moved to the upscale neighborhood of Mt.

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. A few years ago, I was inspired by what I saw during a visit to the Hillwood High School Library in Nashville with the ISTE Board of Directors to support our BYOD pilot program and our kiddos by giving them a place to recharge their devices in school. 3 Times the Charm? OR Spend $130 Bucks and Literally Give Kids the Power!

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 2, 2017 Mobile App Behavior Often Appears at Odds With Privacy Policies | Carnegie Mellon University → An analysis of almost 18,000 popular free apps from the Google Play store found almost half lacked a privacy policy, even though 71 percent of those appear to be processing personally identifiable information and would thus be required to explain how under state laws such as the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA).

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