Bridging the Digital Divide

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Classroom Curriculum Management MobilityBy Ryan Petersen Innovative schools are working to turn things around for underserved students.

Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Tomorrow's Learners

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. Unfortunately a by-product of the digital age is the “digital divide”.

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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

#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive.

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

But we can use mobile devices to help. It''s becoming more socially acceptable to talk about school outside of school because of mobile devices. Studies have shown that low SES students test scores go up 30% when they have access to mobile devices.

Bring your own

Learning with 'e's

Mobile learning is on the rise. It was inevitable that the mobile phone would be brought into the classroom, with or without 'permission'. Many children use their mobile phones in class even though school rules forbid them to do so.

Mobile Learning Blogroll

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of great Mobile Learning blogs to follow. Blogs Mobile Learning

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

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally.

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture.

Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

It is free to use (standard text messaging rates apply though) and anyone with a mobile phone or access to the web can use it. The new service allows users to build instant mobile social networks, called "cells" using text messages, QR Codes, email, web or the new Android App.

CoSN 2015: Education’s Role in the Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Future

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The world of education IT is on schedule to reach a tipping point, where the availability and affordability of mobile devices could completely reshape the way we learn. Mobile Apps Mobile Device Management Mobility Wi-Fi

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?

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

eSchool News

The funding also will be used to purchase wireless hotspots, data cards, and other mobile broadband devices that students will be able to check out for use at home. Too many Minnesota students are on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

eSchool News

Kajeet, a provider of safe mobile student internet connectivity, has launched its 2016 campaign to highlight the “real action heroes” in school districts working to close the Homework Gap for their students. As more and more school districts implement digital and web-based learning programs requiring students to work on assignments outside the classroom, millions of low-income students are finding themselves caught in a widening digital divide.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

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.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

eSchool News

Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide.

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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Why cellphones belong in our classrooms

eSchool News

Hudson HSLT is a digitally-focused and device-agnostic one-to-one computing school; we look at technology as a support for teaching and learning. Next page: Managing the digital divide. As NYC lifts its infamous cellphone ban, one local principal sees nothing but possibilities.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]

Neo LMS

In the last week’s post I promised to address exactly 10 BYOD concerns that keep schools reluctant to allowing students to use their mobile devices in the classroom. Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section?

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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.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

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.

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.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?

MindShift

Ownership of mobile devices has grown swiftly since the introduction of the smartphone and has created more opportunities to connect to the Internet. And keeping their mobile devices connected is a struggle, as 24 percent of that group had their service cut off because of payment issues.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Blackboard is helping us erase the digital divide and provide more opportunities for all students.”. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school.”. Digital Education K-12 News

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. It straddles the digital divide between those with the tech-infused family and those who feel pretty plugged in just having a phone.

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.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

A Quick Response (QR) code is a two-dimensional or 2D bar code which can be interpreted by any mobile phone with camera capabilities. Middle school teacher librarian Gwyneth Jones, aka the Daring Librarian , uses QR codes to engage students in what she calls “digital discoveries.”

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids

MindShift

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. After raising her daughters, stay-at-home mother Susan Norwood knew that she wanted to be a teacher.

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. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. The following three resources can help students and families realize the powering of digital learning at home.

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

Daily Edventures

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. This great adventure was not over yet as in 2011, I represented the school and the country again in the regional forum in Aqaba, Jordan as a national winner with a project titled, “Bridging Digital Divide.”.

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

eSpark

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.

What Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

Two very different and promising lines of research might form the foundation of a new set of design principles for digital equity. By providing additional human supports to underserved students with great potential, LaunchCode joins a tradition of programs from Hull House to the Boys and Girls Clubs that are essential to social mobility in America. By John Hansen and Justin Reich.

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Skills or literacies?

Learning with 'e's

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. I prefer to use 'literacies' to indicate the ability to be digitally ready.