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.

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.

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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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Related: Another tool to improve student mental health?

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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. But the designers and implementers of these assessment tools didn’t consider how the racism and inequality rife in U.S. Faced with a teaching shortage, districts there have turned to online platforms.

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. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

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.

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. Online education

Phone Calls Become Crucial Tools for Teachers to Stay in Touch with Students

MindShift

” For Sanfelippo and many educators around the country, the biggest fear with schools shut down isn’t lost learning, it’s losing contact with their students. So they’re going back to an old-fashioned communication tool: the telephone.

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.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Eric Bredder (second from left), a teacher at Monticello High School, confers with students using the CNC milling machine, one of several computer-guided fabrication tools used by his classes. 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 Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

Responding to COVID-19: How Are the Children?

Digital Promise

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?

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. In the end, there is no one right way to go about implementing any type of remote learning.

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

Neo LMS

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.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

Edsurge

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. How to do a story time or what they can do or what tools they can use or how they can figure stuff out.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

Edsurge

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. Additionally, most digital tools and apps are not very accessible.

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

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 Samsung Interactive Display provides engaging, exciting learning experiences for students—from anywhere.

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. BYOD deepens the digital divide. Even when schools provide for these students — like making them beneficiaries of a BYOD funding program, or letting them check out a device from the school’s library — the digital divide doesn’t disappear completely.

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Should Remote Learning Be an Option, Even After the Pandemic?

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For both students and teachers, online learning has come with a lot of challenges, from the digital divide and technology access to mental health impacts , or a lack of essential school and community supports. Make a copy of the Are There Benefits to Distance Learning?

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Surveying 3,210 teachers, 1,163 principals, 1,219 district administrators and 2,696 students across the country, the report offers one of the most comprehensive looks at their attitudes toward digital learning tools and how they use them. A different ‘digital divide’ has emerged.

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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.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Advancing Equity in Education Through Wifi

MIND Research Institute

Students need online access to conduct research projects, use educational apps and access homework, while parents need to receive important communication from their school and teachers through the web. The so-called digital divide widens as soon as their students walk out the door. (To What if we told you that a tire shop in Las Vegas was standing at the front lines of the battle to close the digital divide?

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.

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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

MindShift

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.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens grew and I became aware of more organizations, as well as some of their supporting tools and resources. 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. The organization’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

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Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

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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14 Tips For Helping Students With Limited Internet Have Distance Learning

MindShift

Schools across the nation are closing in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and in the scramble to provide at-home learning, a major problem has risen to the forefront: millions of American students don’t have reliable access to the internet. . While there are plenty of best practice guides available for online learning, strategies for bridging the digital divide are scarce. . During this time of distance learning, students may feel isolated or lonely.