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

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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. Digital divide is a term used to describe the gap present in society between those who have access to the internet and technology and those who don’t. A laptop loan program alone fails to meet the need if the student doesn’t have internet connectivity at home.

10 steps for bringing connectivity home

eSchool News

For our pilot, we delivered remote wireless connectivity and computing devices to families at the Nayeli House Tanner Road Mobile Home Park in our Houston metro district. Step 1: Reframe your mission to meet access needs at home. Three years ago, we started investigating how other districts were addressing after-hours access, including which technology partners they were using and new or emerging innovations that could enable us to extend access well beyond our campuses.

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Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

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Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. Connect All Learners The most crucial issue to address is the digital divide. Individual school districts, too, are getting creative in meeting this need through solutions such as portable Wi-Fi hotspots. “As

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.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

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"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.

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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school districts—6,132, to be exact, representing about one-third of public K-12 students—do indeed meet the higher 1 Mbps standard. Source: “Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, 2020” Childrens’ access to mobile devices may be part of it.

Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

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Not all parents have the luxury of working from home, and many households lack sufficient technology to support their children’s online learning. Having the technology necessary to access online learning opportunities isn’t enough. Education Technology Surveys Remote Instruction

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

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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. Technology will actually grab students attention than distract them from learning.

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Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

She was making ends meet by working as a cashier at a local gas station, until an injury took her off the job. The digital divide. It would be another month before Mississippi lawmakers and the state superintendent of education discussed the possibility of using a federal emergency relief package to purchase digital devices and hotspots for students. Perry, Amareon’s teacher, had started meeting via Zoom with some students who needed help.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. “What you find out very quickly as teachers is not just the power of using technology in the classroom, but the power to extend learning, to carry it beyond just the school day,” says Brian Nicol, communications coordinator and, until recently, a teacher at the Wisconsin school district.

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

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With some modifications, it is a great way to quantify student behavior in preparation for report cards and parent meetings. You can attach photos, documents, videos, PDFs, or lots of other types of files, and using the mobile app, you can send pre-recorded audio messages. There will be people on your list, those who live life on the opposite side of the digital divide, who miss these messages just because of how they’re delivered.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

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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.

Rural Healthcare Preparation Pipeline in Pennsylvania: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

Beyond access, CSIU leaders identified social capital as the key component to postsecondary success and designed a mechanism to connect learners across disparate communities using technology. Careers in healthcare—especially nursing—are in demand, but there are not enough workers in Central Pennsylvania who are qualified to meet the demand. To address digital divide issues, classroom lessons are provided both online and with paper-based packets.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

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At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Successful classroom technology should challenge and support every type of learner without widening the digital divide that’s often found in low-income and rural districts.

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.”.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

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The K-12 NLE Platform integrates with hundreds of district technologies including the student information system (SIS), lunch menu, school calendar, payments processing and transportation services to meet the growing needs of school communities. “We Blackboard is helping us erase the digital divide and provide more opportunities for all students.”. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. 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. Having that digital backbone made the switch to distance learning nearly seamless — academically, at least. “We’re

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. 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.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements? By Robert Low.

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

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Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. The broadband expansion is supported by the managers of the existing network, and the plan’s backers could tap multiple statewide funding sources for education technology. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

No Teacher is an Island – Mary-Joyce Arekion, Mauritius

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But by weaving technology into her teaching, Arekion is bringing the unfamiliar to her students in living color. “We Technology has played a key role in Arekion’s own learning. I was enthralled by what I saw educators do with technology. In 2011, Arekion became an MIEE national winner with her project “Bridging Digital Divide,” and she continues to seek the best ways to engage her students in 21 st century learning.

How to Address Digital Equity

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The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. The Contorium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed some best practice strategies for schools looking to directly address the issues of digital equity. Below is an executive summary of the most recent update to its Digital Equity Initiative Toolkit. Deploy Mobile Hotspot Programs 4.

Skills or literacies?

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What does it mean to be digitally ready? How can we ascertain what is necessary for someone to be digitally literate? We know there are digital divides between those who have and don't have. Some of these divides are socio-economic, others are technical based on geographical location, still others are about willingness to engage, or the skill to be able to use tools effectively. I prefer to use 'literacies' to indicate the ability to be digitally ready.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. million into schoolwide technology upgrades. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. One in five Greeley residents lives below the poverty level, and the school district is trying to upgrade its technology to give students an economic boost.

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

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AIR was established in order to address the critical need for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and training at school level in Ghana. 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. What can colleges do to help foster strong digital citizens?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Humphrey testified that he hired Hubbard on a $7,500-per-month consulting contract to connect him to legislative leaders in other states, as Edgenuity tried to sell digital courses.” ” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was best known for its annual Horizon Report, its list of predictions about the near-future of education technology. It’s not that paying for a piece of technology will treat you any better, mind you.). It’s that their parents are opting them out of exposure to these technologies.