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.

MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

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The per-pupil cost represents an entire solution including a device, software and apps, classroom WiFi, device management, ongoing technical support, and professional development. ” It is true, MLTI has helped close the digital divide. But there are two digital divides.

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30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide.

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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.

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Teachers use high and low-tech means to reach English Language Learners during coronavirus crisis

The Hechinger Report

Administrators at Dorchester School District Two in suburban Summerville, South Carolina, were well aware of the digital divide when they decided to give students both paper and online resources after shuttering schools because of coronavirus.

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

eSpark

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.

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

Most session tend to focus on new apps or software over deep dives into pedagogy and building better relationships. But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? And as a person interested in digital equity, I had a chance to connect experts who were national leaders on the digital divide. When meeting with strangers at a large edtech conference, racism isn’t the first issue that people address.

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

million for the Chromebooks, software licenses and the infrastructure needed to maintain them. “In By contrast, parcel taxes require a two-thirds majority, a minimum that voters in the East Side Union district have repeatedly failed to meet, according to district administrators.

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.

How Online Camps Help Kids Stay Connected to STEM Skills and Mentors Year-Round

MindShift

Earth’s molten core and the lost city of Atlantis are not traditional summer destinations for kids, but intrepid young campers can now contend with lava or rebuild the underwater metropolis as they learn, play and socialize in the digital realms of virtual camps.

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

The Hechinger Report

They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits.

10 Tips for Piloting Technology in Schools

eSpark

Before introducing new devices or software into your district, make sure that you’ve identified clear, actionable goals for your pilot program. Plan regular meet ups.

Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution?

MindShift

Despite the lack of dedicated tech tools for ELLs, some teachers have taken to repurposing various apps and other digital resources in creative and useful ways that help their students acquire the language. English Language Learners are a growing yet underserved segment of the U.S.

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. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools? The partnership aims to bridge the digital divide in Pittsburg by offering parents refurbished computers free of charge. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Or the company will have to start charging for the software. The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.”

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

AIR works with local communities to address this detriment through an integrated development programs that provide low-cost refurbished computers with relevant open source educational software, support and teacher training directed at schools and community centers especially in less privileged areas where the digital divide is at its greatest. Yet participating in the digital world is essential for learning, career, and life.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

As an op-ed in The Washington Post put it , “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” According its January 2017 report, the FCC’s modernization push enabled some 77% of school districts to meet the minimum federal connectivity targets by the end of 2016; just 30% had met those requirements in 2013.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Education Technology and Digital Polarization.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

Crossing the digital divide safely and trustingly: How ecologies of learning scaffold the journey. Cognitive divergence and shared mental models in software development project teams. When absorptive capacity meets institutions and (e)learners: Adopting, diffusing and exploiting e-learning in organizations.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Broadly : “ Betsy DeVos to Meet with Men’s Rights Groups , Reports Say.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “After Meeting With DeVos, Title IX Activists Say They Still Have Many Questions.” Edsurge profiles “ personalized learning ” software used in a virtual school that has some 450 incarcerated students. ” Adaptive software is not the same as personalized learning , says eSchool News.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. But it’s more likely that “technology” has become so overused, and so carelessly associated with Silicon Valley-style computer software and hardware startups, that the term has lost all meaning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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