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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. Technology is transforming education, the change is as inevitable as that which the printing press brought to education. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue. 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. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth. There is no doubt that digital technology is changing every aspect of life from how we communicate to the way we learn.

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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. Surveys show low SES schools tend to have less access to technology and teachers integrate devices like cell phones at far lower rates. A BYOD policy is a bridge for low SES students.

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

OPINION: U.S. public schools should be federally funded

The Hechinger Report

The endless Covid-19 crisis is revealing the primary weakness of decentralizing the funding of public services: Stark resource divides that fuel some of the deepest social inequities. Doug Ducey announcing that the state would “donate” 200 mobile hotpots to its public schools in an effort to kickstart private hotspot donations. Philadelphia’s schools, meanwhile, struggled mightily to close digital divides that prevented them from quickly launching distance-instruction. “It’s

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. Both success stories and failure stories of adopting BYOD policies and implementing BYOD programs in schools belong to this process. BYOD deepens the digital divide. Schools and teachers need to work with what they already have, and increase technology access with time.

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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. However, here’s a refresher of the previous post and the five BYOD concerns that are already put on the table: BYOD deepens the digital divide; BYOD will distract students; BYOD encourages students to cheat; Students might forget to bring/charge their devices; Parents may need to pay more for BYOD.

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Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Neo LMS

We can no longer overlook the importance of the use of technology in schools. Not long ago, mobile devices were considered perfect for any past-time activity, and had no place in the classroom. However, the education system must prepare students for the adult life, and we, adults, use technology more than we would like to admit. Contrary to expectations, FCS has actually noticed that disciplinary issues regarding technology have gone down since the implementation of BYOD.

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The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

McKinsey just published a new report, “The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow” ( summary ; longer document ), looking ahead to 2030 after new technologies have had some impact. The report isn’t happy with this, and asks us to make policy changes now. Let me identify what I see as the key bits for the future of higher education and technology. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

For those who care about rural education, this is a big disappointment,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking , a nonprofit membership organization for school technology leaders. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband. It set aside wireless spectrum for educational use, to explore how learning and technology could combine.

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. The image below serves as a blueprint for how schools have successfully rolled out and used technology to support students, both in-school and out. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” An effective technology integration plan requires buy-in and participation from everyone.

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. 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.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

Rather than using their school buses to bring students to schools, the district turned its buses into mobile service providers that could deliver meals and other types of support to students, while also serving as internet connection hotspots. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. Ryan Kocsondy brings over 17 years of technology and business experience to the Connecticut Education Network (CEN) team.

The changing geography of work: a new report

Bryan Alexander

McKinsey just published a new report, “The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow” ( summary ; longer document ), looking ahead to 2030 after new technologies have had some impact. The report isn’t happy with this, and asks us to make policy changes now. Let me identify what I see as the key bits for the future of higher education and technology. Surely young people will be in good shape because digital natives etc?

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. Digital Citizenship Curriculum by Common Sense Education. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

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.

Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Notes from TCEA 2012 Presentation by Eanes ISD Tech Group and Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology, Eanes ISD Presentation posted at: edtech.eanesisd.net/tcea Research Behind BYOT 2011 Horizon Report K12 Edition - Published every year. Publicizes key trends and challenges and predictions for adoption educational technology. Support of the technologies we use are becoming more cloud based than server based. have a mobile phone. 80+% have mobile phones.

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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. Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. 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. Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

Because although technology and the wealth of information that it can provide has the potential to shrink achievement gaps, I am actually seeing the opposite take place within my classroom.”. “If 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.”.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

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.