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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

Not long ago, mobile devices were considered perfect for any past-time activity, and had no place in the classroom. A strong BYOD policy can help schools avoid these security concerns. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship.

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The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

The report isn’t happy with this, and asks us to make policy changes now. Automation technologies may widen these disparities at a time when workforce mobility is at historic lows. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

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.” Are policies in place?

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband. Today the @FCC burns this policy down. Neither does Leichty of Foresight Law + Policy.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

The report isn’t happy with this, and asks us to make policy changes now. Automation technologies may widen these disparities at a time when workforce mobility is at historic lows. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

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

The Hechinger Report

In recent years, a small chorus of advocates and policy wonks have pointed out that most EBS license holders don’t actually use their free spectrum. This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”.

What New Research on Young Kids’ Media Use Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

Mobile Access Is Nearly Universal Perhaps it’s no surprise to learn that mobile device use has become nearly universal, with 98 percent of kids age 8 and under living in a home with some type of mobile device. In addition, the amount of time young kids spend on mobile devices has tripled since 2013 -- from 15 minutes a day to 48 minutes a day, a close second to the 58 minutes a day kids spend watching TV. Introduce digital citizenship skills early.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

In 2014, ALA Washington’s Office for Information and Technology Policy (OITP) developed a helpful white paper to examine CIPA’s decade-long impact, Fencing Out Knowledge t h a t d e l i n e a t e d f o u r recommendations t o ALA: Increase awareness of the spectrum of filtering choices. Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Opportunities for authentic digital literacy instruction arise when students access social networking sites in educational settings.

Got Charge? Giving Kids the Power!

The Daring Librarian

I've discovered that the mix of the digital divide, possible turbulent home lives, and general teenage forgetfulness results in a loss of power. What if a kid doesn't have a computer at home and just a mobile device and needs to do homework? 3 Times the Charm?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Questions that have been a long time coming… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Digital media literacy continues to rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. Mobile devices are predicted by 2011 Horizon report to be in mainstream in one year or less. Research shows 60% of low-income students carry a mobile device of some sort. Look for awesome infographic in the Prezi (linked at the top of this post) about how people use their mobile devices based on age range. have a mobile phone. 80+% have mobile phones.

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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

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,