How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.”.

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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

Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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. As STEM educators, we believe in the power of learning and iterating.

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 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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With education turning on the technology skills of students and teachers, its important to gain a rudimentary understanding of foundational technology. I mean the basics of how to use the tech tools that are driving learning. Address the digital divide.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. It has been digitized.

Innovating Beyond Avoidable K-12 Crises

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the digital divide, lack of access in rural areas, weather-related disruptions, overcrowded classrooms, understaffed school buildings, bullying, and many more. Online learning is a quarter century old. Featured How Learning Works Technology

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

The need for new K-12 classroom technology has never been greater. In this situation, teachers need technology tools that allow them to provide the same high-quality experience for students learning at home and in person.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

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.

A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Working with some of the most vulnerable families in her community last spring, Sharonne Navas saw first-hand why some families of color needed more than just a tech hotline to help them with their online learning troubles. Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

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.

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. As a result, when the pandemic hit , the district had a relatively smooth pivot to distance-learning. Philadelphia’s schools, meanwhile, struggled mightily to close digital divides that prevented them from quickly launching distance-instruction. “It’s

Chaos Learning: Classroom vs Online?

My Island View

If this pandemic has taught me anything, this would be my lesson learned. We have the technology! Why not transition the entire system to remote learning? Let’s mandate remote learning. As educators we have also learned that Maslow truly comes before Bloom in learning.

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

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 Then, they’ll be given three days of training to learn how to teach virtually, which he acknowledged is not ideal. “We

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

The Hechinger Report

Jamar McKneely (background) tours a science and technology event at Edna Karr High School, one of the schools in his InspireNOLA charter school network. Perhaps no school system had a distance learning plan in place that anticipated a shutdown on the scale of the coronavirus closures.

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

The Hechinger Report

As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. More recent studies show that the summer is a pivotal period for student learning.

Equity Isn’t Just About Technology. It’s About Supporting Students and Families.

Edsurge

And research indicates that students from low-income backgrounds could fall further behind their peers if learning stops too long and the country sinks into recession. Schools also play an important role in boosting at-home learning among families.

Where’s the Silver Lining for Education?

My Island View

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. AI is only as good as the information and values of the programmers who design it, and their biases can ultimately lead both to flaws in the technology and to amplified biases in the real world.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. Related: Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online?

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

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.

COVID-19: Creating a new education reality

eSchool News

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.

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. The cost- saving measures may include, but are not limited to, eliminating the ability of school administrative units to choose higher-cost technology options.”

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

Edsurge

Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. Students and families who are considered under-connected are those who have internet access and devices in their home, but not at a caliber or quality sufficient for smooth and consistent online learning.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

Edsurge

Clearly, remote learning is here to stay, at least for the next few months. In recognition of that reality, a new report has outlined “10 ways to make online learning work,” covering a range of best practices. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

This Is the Moment for States to Design the Future of Education

Edsurge

Even in the face of current challenges, many schools and districts are using this moment to design new approaches that will shape learning far into the future. For example, Gwinnett County Public Schools designed an online learning system (eCLASS) to support emergency online learning needs.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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