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. The post How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide appeared first on Digital Promise.

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

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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. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps I thought it would be useful to sketch in some background on how technology is actually being used in classrooms across the US, in an effort to create some necessary context.

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.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

According to the FCC and others, satellite technology holds promise. As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded.

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.

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. But what does it mean for librarians to serve patrons without a library ? EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time. What is your take on how much the digital resources can actually fill in this gap that's left by these sudden COVID-19 closures, and how can people be thinking about this?

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. We already knew there was a digital divide, but we avoided fixing the fundamental inequities by counting on students to search out libraries, computer labs and coffee shops, or to complete college work with only a cell phone or shared computer. The Class of 2020 is graduating from a distance.

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.

OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers

The Hechinger Report

In a randomized field experiment, we gave parents an electronic tablet with a preloaded digital library. The most effective way to do that is through technology. With social distancing measures in place, technology’s role is crucial.

Library 2.0

Learning with 'e's

What does the future hold for our university libraries? The library has long been seen by many as a very traditional, conservative institution, and is often portrayed as a place where rows upon rows of antiquated book shelves slowly gather dust. Yet a visit to the university library today will reveal a substantial investment in technology to streamline research and provide users with a more seamless and rewarding experience. The digital age would have put paid to them.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. Chief technology officers and IT professionals in the K-12 field have a lot on their collective plates these days, what with the continued proliferation of technology in their schools, new governmental programs and compliance requirements, and the push to effectively integrate their technology in the classroom. Next page: Privacy and libraries take the spotlight.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Recently he has been working with the McArthur Foundation on how young people''s adoption of technology changes the way they live and learn. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

"Technology won't replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who don't" This was just one of the contentious and thought provoking statements made at Learning Through Technology this week in Glasgow. Both events had several common threads, including the new roles of education professionals, the impact of technology on education and the ways students are appropriating new tools to support their learning.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Our special guest speakers included: Lauren Comito , founder of Urban Librarians Unite and recent recipient of Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award, who acted as MC State Representative Tom Murt , a former educator and a primary co-sponsor of HB 1355 , legislation that would require every school in Pennsylvania to have a certified librarian. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

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. That was one frustrating situation Jean Tower recalls encountering when she started as director of technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough , Massachusetts, about six years ago. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?” By Heidi Moore.

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., The digital divide impacts more than homework and grades, King explained. We have to broaden our thinking about how technology is being leveraged in our homes,” she said.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

On the back of my Sephora catalog, windows of shops, and in my library! QR Codes in the Classroom - and the Library! From a recent article I contributed to at the Innovative Educator blog - txtN N d library: Ideas for Librarians Who Want to Embrace the Power of Cell Phones (btw, feels weird to post this in the third person and do I use quotes if I wrote it?!) "QR QR codes can also be used to conduct a treasure hunt of information in the school library.

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. It also includes digital access and quality online learning opportunities.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. SHLB (The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition) is the leading advocate for open, affordable, high-capacity broadband for our nation’s community anchor institutions and their communities. Sohn challenged community leaders to step up in closing the digital divide.

A National Push for More ‘Active Use’ of Technology in Learning

Educator Innovator

In its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Department of Education emphasizes model approaches to digital learning. Katie and Jason’s work, part of a collected free ebook called Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom , was one of several highlighted in the Department of Education’s 2016 National Education Technology Plan , “ Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education (PDF).”

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?

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

BYOD deepens the digital divide. Even when schools provide for these students — like making them beneficiaries of a BYOD funding program, or letting them check out a device from the school’s library — the digital divide doesn’t disappear completely. But denying all kids the access to technology because a part of them can’t afford appropriate devices is worse. But technology can work against them the same way as it works for them.

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Q&A: Steve Langford on Equalizing Student Access to the Web and Tech

EdTech Magazine

Inequities in student access to reliable internet service and personal technology are not insurmountable. School districts can improve digital equity through investments, partnerships with businesses and national grants, says Steve Langford, CIO of Beaverton School District in Oregon. Langford recently talked with EdTech about the challenges of the digital divide and practical ways to overcome them. EDTECH: How are you solving the digital-equity problem?

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Affordable Maker Technologies. What this means for young people is that they are growing up in DIY cultures, where they have role models who engage in DIY and where they have 24-7 access to information and technological resources. Affordable Maker Technologies. Originally published at [link].

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Affordable Maker Technologies. What this means for young people is that they are growing up in DIY cultures, where they have role models who engage in DIY and where they have 24-7 access to information and technological resources. Affordable Maker Technologies. Originally published at [link].

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

We can no longer overlook the importance of the use of technology in schools. However, the education system must prepare students for the adult life, and we, adults, use technology more than we would like to admit. So why shouldn’t schools keep up with the outside world, and include more technology in student instruction, especially when they can bring their own? Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship.

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

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Kim Buryanek on Bringing Digital Equity into Classrooms. 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. Buryanek recently talked with EdTech about how her district is tackling the challenge of digital equity one teacher and one mobile hotspot at a time.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

Edsurge

Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Poor families were twice as likely to say that they “never” used technology for educational purposes with their kindergarteners than families with higher incomes (32 percent versus 16 percent). And if there’s a silver lining to our social distancing efforts, it’s that we are slowly becoming more efficient at using technology for educational purposes in and out of the classroom. Our widespread foray into distance learning is forcing teachers to optimize technology.

How SAMR and Tech Can Help Teachers Truly Transform Assessment

Edsurge

I read an interesting article in EdSurge last week about how current educational technologies do little to move learners beyond rote recall of knowledge and it caught me off guard. It was not the belief that technology has yet to be harnessed to its highest potential that surprised me. It is true that many fields are only starting to see the benefits technology brings to their work. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

For others, it’s an even bigger catastrophe: they may not be able to afford proper meals for their children, much less the technology and connectivity needed for online learning. In addition, museums, recreation centers, libraries and other places that offer alternatives to schooling will also be closed, as they have been in Seattle and other parts of the country hit hard by the virus. “It Other school districts are tapping older technologies.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

For those who care about rural education, this is a big disappointment,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking , a nonprofit membership organization for school technology leaders. executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The broadband technology was expensive to build out, so many of those who did receive licenses either held on to them or re-leased them to telecom providers— primarily Sprint —as a source of revenue.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. When McClary joined the district as the manager of educational technology in 2014, progress was less than stellar. was a technological no man’s land, with no dedicated central staff?, of technology in practice. They were actually utilizing the digital curriculum as a babysitter.

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.