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

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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.

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.

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A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

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It bought mobile hotspots and installed cellphone towers on school buildings. When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Digital divide: facts and figures. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

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. Together we can close the gap on the digital divide.

Conquering the digital divide at school–and at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. Related content: Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide. The eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide is here! It features strategies to help you effectively use digital and mobile learning resources, along with tips to support digital and mobile learning initiatives.

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 Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi WirelessBy Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. When it comes to mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, the gap has virtually vanished. Both television viewing and mobile device use increased for low-income children compared with the last time the survey was taken, in 2013.

New ISTE Book: How to Close the Digital Divide for Students

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A 2016 survey of 1,200 parents revealed that while 94 percent of families are connected to the internet, 23 percent access it on mobile devices, 26 percent share a single computer and 20 percent experienced loss of internet service due to lack of payment

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

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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. Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics

4 Lessons Educators Can Teach Companies Amid Remote-Learning Shift

Marketplace K-12

In this new instructional environment caused by the coronavirus outbreak, educators are worried about screen time, the digital divide and more. Marketplace K-12 Coronavirus COVID-19 Digital Divide Early Head Start Head Start Mobile App Mobile Devices Product Research screen time Startup StartupsThe post 4 Lessons Educators Can Teach Companies Amid Remote-Learning Shift appeared first on Market Brief.

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.

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

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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

Texas Education Agency and Verizon enable distance learning for 18.9M students in 16 states

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For students across Texas and around the country, bridging the digital divide and providing reliable Internet connectivity that enables distance learning for students without Internet access are among the top priorities for state governments, school districts, teachers and parents alike.

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.

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. Mobile Learning Integration 17. The Mobile Native 26. The Mobile Learner 27. Going Mobile 28. Mobile Learning 29. Mobile ESL 31. The Mobile Learning Edge 35. K-12 Mobile Learning 37. Mobile Learning 21 38. A New Vision for Mobile 46.

Mobile Learning Blogroll

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of great Mobile Learning blogs to follow. Cell Phones in Learning The Mobile Learner Going Mobile Teach Paperless Mobile Learning mLearnopedia Mobile ESL Learning in Hand Ubiquitous Thoughts m-learning is good K-12 Mobile Learning @Ignatia Webs The Mobile Learning Edge Mobile Learning 21 Living in the 4th Screen mLearning Trends mLearning: Beyond the Digital Divide. Blogs Mobile Learning

#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. 1) A digital divide still exists across society, even for those who own smart phones. Many more people now own mobile phones, but a large proportion of these are non-smart (i.e.

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.

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. While it was a mobile home park in our case, it could also be an apartment building, a mixed-income housing project, or any type of high-density neighborhood demonstrating need. For example, we needed approvals to erect an appropriate utility pole at the mobile home park to house our on-site equipment.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices

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kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

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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. That''s the puzzle being studied by Sam Pitroda, former chair of the Knowledge Commission in India and a leading voice in the campaign to breach the global digital divide. Mobile Apps Mobile Device Management Mobility Wi-Fi

The Social Institute Unveils Curriculum for 4th Graders on SEL

eSchool News

Surveys reveal the average age kids get cell phones is ten years old, and exposure to mobile devices begins at a much younger age. As a team of digital natives, we bridge the digital divide between students and adults by offering a comprehensive curriculum and school presentations.

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. Anybody with a mobile phone can join a cell in seconds and instantly share secure group messages, polls, reminders, notes, and topic alerts.

Best Practices with Mobile Tech: #adjunctchat Tuesday, July 15

Connecting 2 the World

Mobile Technology is here to stay. Many of us may try to resist integrating mobile technology into our classrooms. What are some ways in which mobile technology has changed the classroom? Students have access to information on their mobile devises which can broaden the curriculum. I often use my class time to send students out and observe while keeping in touch via mobile technology. However, more often than not, faculty know the downside of mobile technology.

Bring your own

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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. There are also teachers who fear that allowing children to bring their own devices will amplify the socio-economic digital divide - a kind of Bring Your Own Divide.

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. Some even talk about the 'digital dividend', which to me sounds very much like a neat side step around the main issue. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture. Not everyone can participate in the digital society.

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

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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?

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. Others, such as George Siemens and Karen Stephenson hold that we store our knowledge with our friends, and that connected peer networks are where learning occurs in the digital age.

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. Next page: What researchers and educators say about technology and the digital divide. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

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. would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models. Broadband and internet Legislation Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

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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. Indianapolis Public Schools distributed devices to students who lacked them, then ordered 1,500 mobile hotspots for those who also lacked reliable internet access. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

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

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Connect All Learners The most crucial issue to address is the digital divide. As long as the digital divide remains, it stands as a failure of national will that translates into greater educational inequities,” the former Education Secretaries write in the foreword.