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.

How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

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Ramos, used to texting quickly, was able to do simple assignments online, so at first her schoolwork was very easy. We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. The Tech Check survey “opened our eyes,” Mickens said.

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Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?

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School officials in the seaside town scrambled to purchase enough devices for all their students to learn online last year after the pandemic hurtled kids out of buildings. My goal for this year is to see how I’ll make [digital tools] effective in the classroom.”.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

After schools switched from physical instruction to remote learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, districts and state leaders assured families they would get devices for students and the technology resources needed to do schoolwork at home.

Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

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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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

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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 other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. There are some positive findings in the survey. It has been digitized.

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OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

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As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. By and large, English learners aren’t thriving under distance 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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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

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As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

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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 What Experts Say We Need for Distance Learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

At least 17 percent of high schoolers nationwide had “seriously considered” attempting suicide and 14 percent reported they had made a suicide plan in the past year, according to the results of the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the CDC.

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Coronavirus accelerates higher education’s trend toward distance learning

The Hechinger Report

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.

Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

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In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Now adding to that list is one of the most thorough efforts—a new survey from Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund , a nonprofit that provides grants to education technology and innovation efforts. That’s music to the ears of industry leaders who have funded and built many of these digital tools. A different ‘digital divide’ has emerged.

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

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Despite claims that technology is negatively affecting learning schedules, edtech is a valuable tool for students. That’s because edtech solutions, advanced research, practical assessments, and improved communication give them maximum control over their learning.

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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. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

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 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.

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

Edsurge

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.)

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. ClassTag surveyed more than 1,200 U.S.

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

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The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) today released a new report — with accompanying survey findings — that reflect the urgent need to provide improved student privacy support to teachers, parents, and students.

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. EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time. You've been a longtime advocate for trying to close the digital divide.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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They just weren’t ready for distance learning, and a big part of that was that too many students lacked adequate WiFi access to get to virtual class. In Arizona, the House Education Committee introduced HB2421 , a bill allowing for schools to create distance learning courses.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

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This quick move to emergency remote teaching has left educators scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools, online resources, and apps to continue their teaching at a distance. Butash is right in pointing out the risks involved in this quick shift to using digital technologies.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

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In the absence of clear federal and state guidance for reopening, school districts have debated everything from whether to mandate masks for in-person classes to how to make online-only learning more effective. “We’re going to be online for the whole fall semester.

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Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Her high school had recently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to distance learning. The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

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They posted it to the library’s YouTube channel as part of their new summer programming, the majority of which is taking place online due to COVID-19. . Learn. , all of which is happening online. Learn.” Louis Public Library have moved completely online.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Social-Emotional Learning.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

COLUMN: Endangered public schools need federal leadership more than ever

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Living room learning gets old quickly, and not all families have internet access and adequate technology. Learning pods, micro-schools, tutors and homeschooling are also flourishing, but are less available to lower- and middle-income families.

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

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For educators, the survey data help us better understand what’s going on at home and can guide our thinking about the role teachers play in shaping students’ media use. 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. Introduce digital citizenship skills early.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

The Traditional Model The traditional model used by organizational learning theorists begins with the depth of knowledge. Current organizational learning and knowledge literature identify and categorize 12 different types of knowledge depending on the location in which the knowledge is created and the depth of knowledge. Organizational learning: A socio-cognitive framework. The impact of organisational structure and practices on learning in the workplace.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ FutureLearn , the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., ” “What’s the bottom line on online preschool ?”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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, Online Grade Portals.