How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

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Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City.

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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.

Moving a Summer Program to the Virtual World — While Closing the Digital Divide

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As the pandemic unfolded, our team at SMASH, a nationwide summer residential program for STEM education serving students of color, had to move an established, 17-year program into a virtual learning environment. Along the way, we focused on five areas that we felt were necessary to serve our community of young people: Mitigate the Digital and Connectivity Divide Access to computers and a dependable internet connection is critical to delivering any form of online learning.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

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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 Others spend long hours studying in the computer labs at the Doña Ana Community College Hatch Learning Center, adjacent to the high school. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

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That means we must prepare now for the potential that colleges and universities that swiftly shifted to online instruction as the pandemic swept through the country and forced campuses to shutter will have to continue, and even ramp up, those efforts in September. 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. The Class of 2020 is graduating from a distance.

Chaos Learning: Classroom vs Online?

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If this pandemic has taught me anything, this would be my lesson learned. Why not transition the entire system to remote learning? Let’s mandate remote learning. Administrators will lead remotely, teachers will teach remotely, students will learn remotely. Although we have talked a great deal about remote learning over the last decade, we haven’t really taught teachers to do it. As educators we have also learned that Maslow truly comes before Bloom in learning.

Teachers use high and low-tech means to reach English Language Learners during coronavirus crisis

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Administrators at Dorchester School District Two in suburban Summerville, South Carolina, were well aware of the digital divide when they decided to give students both paper and online resources after shuttering schools because of coronavirus. She’s used Facebook and text messaging to keep in touch with her eighth graders as the district builds online resources and begins to distribute devices to those who need them.

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

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The suburban Seattle school is part of the Northshore School District, which closed earlier in March and has since paused its online learning program. (AP For others, it’s an even bigger catastrophe: they may not be able to afford proper meals for their children, much less the technology and connectivity needed for online learning. For some children hastily thrust into this new way of learning, school offers far more stability and predictability than their home lives.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

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His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We We report on how climate change emergencies are disrupting student learning, exacerbating mental health problems , devastating school infrastructure , and how the coronavirus pandemic is a preview of what education looks like in a climate emergency.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

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A century ago, counselors didn’t spend much of their time on the mental health of students, or what’s known in schools as social-emotional learning. The digital divide raised similar concerns: If no phone numbers work for a family, if emails remain unanswered, how can counselors gauge the welfare of a child? “It’s Coronavirus and Education Guidance Gap K-12 News Hechinger West Mental health and trauma online learning Rural schools Social emotional

Where’s the Silver Lining for Education?

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Schools across the nation closed their doors, but required their teachers to try to carry on educating their students using online technology. Overnight, discussions, which were in many cases theoretical about online teaching and learning, became a reality. The earliest indications of our preparedness to meet the online challenge to educators underscored the gap that exists in professional development for educators. The digital divide must be addressed.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

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As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. To make up for probable academic gaps produced during this unprecedented period, districts should continue providing academic services online in the summer. More recent studies show that the summer is a pivotal period for student learning. But, for all kids, summer learning loss is a setback.

Coronavirus accelerates higher education’s trend toward distance learning

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Earlier this month, California State University, Fullerton, asked its faculty to prepare for teaching all their fall classes online. If it does go that way, CSU-Fullerton would benefit from the fact that it already offers a significant amount of online coursework. Even before the crisis, 35 percent of students took one or more classes online. A history with online education made this spring’s transition easier for some schools.

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

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From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them. Current attempts to introduce AI in schools have led to improvements in assessing students’ prior and ongoing learning, placing students in appropriate subject levels, scheduling classes and individualizing instruction.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Related: Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online?

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

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I mean the basics of how to use the tech tools that are driving learning. Dr. Paul Perry, former teacher, administrator, and nonprofit exec, has put together a brief guide for educators looking to expand learning opportunities for students using technology. Address the digital divide.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. As the struggle continues, a few overarching lessons learned — about equity, expectations and communication — are now helping schools navigate this crisis on the fly. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

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Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

COVID-19: Creating a new education reality

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And with that, so did the shift from in-school instruction to online learning, which brought to light very complicated issues and inequities. The onset of remote learning has magnified the disparity between students who have access to computers and internet and those who do not. The digital divide in our communities, particularly among children from underrepresented and low socioeconomic communities, raises questions that need to be answered.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been around since 2001, providing 7th & 8th Grade students and teachers with devices and more. Recently a new piece of “Concept Draft” legislation popped up: LD 137: An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective. I have been involved in learning through technology initiatives for more than 20 years. MLTI has always been about learning. But there are two digital divides.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

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Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

How K?12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

How K–12 IT Leaders Can Support Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Bridging the digital divide is more critical than ever. When schools across the country made the quick shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic, many found that it exposed deficits and exacerbated existing challenges around internet access, especially in rural and high-poverty areas. MASD realized that some students — and even teachers — did not have at-home internet connections to use devices for online learning.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

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and Puerto Rico have closed all public schools, with few teachers prepared to move to a virtual learning environment and even fewer parents ready to homeschool their children. At this unprecedented moment, it is crucial for parents/caregivers and teachers to work together on a plan for students to continue their learning experiences at home. And, what do teachers need to help them develop remote learning plans, while still attending to the social and emotional needs of each student?

Research Shows the Need for More Support to Protect Privacy and Advance Digital Equity

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The report, titled “ Protecting Students’ Privacy and Advancing Digital Equity,” is based on significant data collection and outlines steps education leaders and policymakers should take. Additional findings of note: Closing the Digital Divide While Protecting Privacy.

From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education

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Since the beginning of the school shutdowns, there have been debates about the effectiveness of online learning. As we embark on a new school year, whether it will be online, in person, or a hybrid of both, we can focus on these areas for lasting improvement.

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education

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The biggest shift that we’re seeing is that online education has the potential to drop its “online” part and that more and more people will see it for what it is: simply education. Online learning is student-centered by default, having its own advantages and pitfalls. Moving towards student-centered learning requires a monumental shift in how we perceive education. There’s no secret that a digital divide is creating barriers between students and learning.

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Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

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With school plans for the fall focused less on reopening and more on resuming remote learning, the mixed experience with online instruction from the spring offers many lessons for how district leaders can better prepare for this next go around.

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How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

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And like schools and colleges, they are trying to move operations online as much as they can. To get a sense of what the widespread closure of libraries could mean, and hear some creative ways libraries are reaching out digitally, we talked with Jessamyn West, an educational technologist who runs the librarian.net blog and is author of "Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide." EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time.