The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

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In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Education Research

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Kajeet Announces Global Expansion, Enters U.K. Market

eSchool News

Kajeet is mission-focused on closing the digital divide, not just in the U.S., As the world shifts to more digital interactions, Kajeet makes it possible to connect all people and things and to empower users to use these connections for good. patents in mobile technologies.

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. Digital Divide Digital Education Higher Ed News Opinion digital education online learning Technology access

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

Educators across the nation can now access Teacher Training Pathways , a free platform offering courses aligned to micro-credentials on remote and hybrid learning, instructional technology coaching and more. To learn more about Verizon’s Digital Inclusion efforts, visit CitizenVerizon.com.

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.

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

eSchool News

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.

#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. Hopefully we have advanced technologically and culturally in that time, but some of the problems we experience then are still with us today.

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. Although we passed a significant technology bond in 2014 that enables providing students with computing devices at school, which included a total overhaul of our network infrastructure, by 2015 we realized a significant percentage of our students had no internet access at home.

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? In the middle of one of Miami’s poorest and toughest neighborhoods, there is a computer lab with free wireless internet for Liberty City residents who would otherwise go without the technology. 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.

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. But will educators take that momentum and turn it into true change or go back to the old ways, powered by new technologies? 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.

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.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Recently he has been working with the McArthur Foundation on how young people''s adoption of technology changes the way they live and learn. 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. digital divide digital literacy sxswedu

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. It is a fact of academic life.

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.

Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online

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Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. As one of the researchers explained, you can’t fully understand how families are experiencing digital inequity if you only talk to those reachable through the internet.)

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.

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. Several books I have read recently on new and emerging technologies provide a healthy balance. They eulogise about the benefits, and are circumspect about the dangers of technology. Yet few acknowledge that many members of society are still technologically peripheral. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored.

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom. With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. One common theme in this movement concerns inspiring greater pupil engagement through the use of technology. Mobile Classrooms In Remote Locations.

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The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the future of learning and technology. In my previous blog post I examined the debate about whether we are becoming more intelligent or less intelligent as a result of our prolonged and habituated uses of technology. Many commentators express concern about the negative impact technology may have on our ability to think critically, construct knowledge and read/research more deeply.

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. That was one frustrating situation Jean Tower recalls encountering when she started as director of technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough , Massachusetts, about six years ago. What was the promise of technology that everyone saw in the beginning for education?” By Heidi Moore.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

Learning with 'e's

"Technology won't replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who don't" This was just one of the contentious and thought provoking statements made at Learning Through Technology this week in Glasgow. Both events had several common threads, including the new roles of education professionals, the impact of technology on education and the ways students are appropriating new tools to support their learning.

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. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S.,

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

12 Websites for Digital Books 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.

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

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Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. Connect All Learners The most crucial issue to address is the digital divide. Education Technology Teaching & Learning Coronavirus Remote Instruction

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. “We are proud to extend our support of EveryoneOn through this grant, providing families with increased access to the tools necessary to compete in today’s digital world.”

Stunning: Research shows intense spike in children’s media use

eSchool News

The research from Common Sense, which examines media use by kids ages 0-8 and is the third installment in an ongoing series that tracks media and technology use, also uncovered an increase in the amount of time children spend with mobile devices–48 minutes, up from just five minutes in 2011. Next page: Has the digital divide between high- and low-income families closed?). Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News News Research Technologies

Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up

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Connect All Students: How States and School Districts Can Close the Digital Divide” is a follow up to a June analysis by Boston Consulting Group and Common Sense. Education Technology Video Instruction Surveys School Infrastructure