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

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We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide


Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.


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The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

In 43 states, that affordability gap accounts for the largest share of the digital divide, according to the EducationSuperHighway report. Policymakers have been talking about the digital divide for decades, but we’ve been closing it at a pace of about 1 percent a year,” Marwell said.

Colleges Are Providing Tech to Students to Shrink the Digital Divide


But administrators realized that the problem they were trying to treat—the digital divide—was less like a mild cut and more like a deep wound. Education Technology Technology Trends Digital Learning in Higher Ed Textbooks and Course Materials Higher Education

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


As of December 2020, the number of students impacted by the digital divide has narrowed to 12 million. today, “the digital divide predated the coronavirus pandemic and will persist beyond it if stakeholders do not seize the moment,” they write.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide


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.

New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap


The post New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap appeared first on CUE, Inc.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide


Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap.


First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide. Previously, the digital participation divide seemed to revolve around access time. Now the quality of digital participation is coming into question. Digital Citizenship Promotes Digital Equity This observation around screen time and media usage has profound implications for educators.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. Having a BYOD policy would seem to perpetuate the divide between the tech-haves and tech-have-nots. As educators we must be concerned with our "students wanting or needing access to a minimal level of digital technology and not being able to get it."


Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu


A BYOD policy is a bridge for low SES students. Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] BYODResources byoddocs rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help. We can no longer depend on textbooks for accurate information. A new state of matter was just discovered in December.


Kajeet Awards $550,000 To 22 Organizations for Purchasing Connectivity Solutions That Drive Digital Inclusion in Education

eSchool News

To further the mission of closing the Digital Divide for students across the United States, each grant recipient will receive up to $25,000, which they may use for any combination of Kajeet Education Broadband solutions, including WiFi hotspots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks and routers.

Kajeet to Bring Next-Gen Private 5G to Schools & Students Across America in Partnership with Google Cloud

eSchool News

The goal of the partnership is to help transform the future of education by: Connecting the unconnected students and communities with high-quality wireless Internet and Close the Digital Divide once and for all. MCLEAN, Va.–(

Kajeet Announces Launch of 2022 Homework Gap Grant Program for K-12 Schools and Districts, Colleges and Universities, and Public Libraries

eSchool News

At Kajeet, we believe internet access is a basic human right and are fully committed to efforts aimed at closing the digital divide,” said Daniel J. Newsline CEO classroom colleges connectivity digital digital divide districts divide Funding grantMCLEAN, VA.

Who uses computers for math drill and practice? [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thought I’d make a slide out of one my favorite digital equity reports. Shockingly similar digital divide findings from 1998 and 2013. The digital equity concerns of ‘good enough’ Higher-level thinkers don’t just magically emerge from low-level thinking spaces [SLIDE]. Law, Policy, and Ethics Slides digital divide equity slides

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Kajeet Appoints Industry Veteran Chris Felix as Vice President of Education Sales

eSchool News

In this role, Felix will spearhead business development and account management for Kajeet’s global education customers, further bolstering its mission of closing the digital divide in education and beyond. MCLEAN, VA. —

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.

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families. I think of the homework gap as the new digital divide, but I think it’s a divide that’s within our power to bridge and fix.”

How Latino Families Use Educational Content and What That Means for Communities


Learning more about how Hispanic-Latino families use educational content can help inform the development of content, policy and tools. [[ This is a content summary only. Big Ideas Digital Tools digital-divide English language learning featured full-image latino play Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014


On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. Please see specifics on my re-use policy in the right-hand column of my blog before re-posting/re-using any of my blog content. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu


CUE Legislative Update – June 2020


Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant Current Legislation Priority: As reported in the last update, legislation related to educational technology addresses closing the digital divide and related homework gap by increasing home access to broadband internet–especially in underserved and rural homes.

New Federal Bills to Fund Wi-Fi Hotspots to Schools to Help Close the Homework Gap


Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant According to FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, Living with the Coronavirus is going to reveal hard truths about the digital divide.

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


It’s time for states to step up and realize that proper technology and WiFi connectivity are a must-have in public school districts, and that state policy is dangerously lagging behind. 1560 , and proposed adding sections designed “to close the digital divide in California.”

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

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While studying this digital divide, Skinner, an assistant professor of higher education and policy at the University of Florida, noticed that conversation around the issue is often presented as an urban-rural divide.

NTIA NOFO Prioritizes Broadband Affordability Gap and Connecting Unserved Households in MDUs

Education Superhighway

billion) ; Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program ($1 billion) ; and, State Digital Equity Act programs ? ($1.5 We now need the regulatory frameworks that support and reflect this policy objective. PolicyAs part of the launch, the U.S.

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


To set the foundation for technology-empowered learning during and beyond the pandemic, education leaders are actively tackling internet and device access issues to narrow the digital divide. Education Technology Student Success Policy & Government Technology Trends Teaching & Learnin

How Much Longer Will Schools Have to Scrape Together Technology Funding?


Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, gave $10 million to a single school district in California, aimed at closing digital disparities. More than Devices The “digital divide” was not quite a household term two years ago.

Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


But a staggering number of families lack access to the digital tools required for learning at home. For schools across the country, there is a digital chasm. Education Technology Policy & Government School Infrastructure

Things Fall Apart. Will Public Education?


Education Technology Diversity and Equity Coronavirus Financing Policy & GovernmentI have been worried about public education for a long time.

Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

The Hechinger Report

Related: A parent-led effort to close the digital divide. And while data limitations restricted t heir study to about half of all PTAs in either district, the comparison found the equity policy in Portland “did not substantially reduce overall parent contributions.”.

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4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies


As you consider how to communicate your digital needs to your state's board of education, these four essential steps will help you stay organized: 1. Samsung’s unique portfolio of in-classroom technology can help bridge the digital divide once funding is secured.

Comments to the FCC on ACP Outreach & Enrollment Support

Education Superhighway

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Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

During the “ National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Virtual Post-Inauguration Awards and Policy Panel ,” the presenters discussed the intersection of technology and education and what’s needed to create sustainable, equitable access to a 21st century education.

Educators share technology perspectives in new survey

eSchool News

Teachers address bring-your-own device policies, the digital divide, and common perceptions of ed tech in the classroom. debunks common myths about the digital divide and explores the ways ed tech is helping them encourage and inspire their students. News Policy Top News

Teaching Kids with “Paper Packets” due to Coronavirus closures with Dee Ross Kalman

The CoolCatTeacher

This is just my opinion and I know everyone is doing the best they can but the differences and digital divide becomes apparent in times like these and we should wake up and work to get better around the world. Policy Makers Teachers

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

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It’s surprising to me that the Commission says to the Department of Education and to the representatives of rural America, ‘We don’t care about your perspective,’ ” said Reg Leichty, a legal and policy consultant for CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking). Reg Leichty, legal and policy consultant for CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking). Overall, it’s the right move,” said Joe Kane, a technology policy fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. “We’ve

Inclusive Innovation: Designing for Equity

Digital Promise

Thirty years after the World Wide Web provided a gateway for the world to access information, connect, and learn, we are still facing a digital divide that has contributed to a continually expanding digital learning gap. At Digital Promise our mission is to accelerate innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn with the goal of closing the Digital Learning Gap. The post Inclusive Innovation: Designing for Equity appeared first on Digital Promise.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”. By that measure, EBS has fallen well short of its promise, according to some digital-access advocates.

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. As a result, 35 million more students have been connected to digital learning and educational opportunity. We have connected significantly more schools to the broadband they need for digital learning than was expected prior to E-rate modernization. Policy

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”. The SHLB Action Plan gives policy makers a road map for designing a broadband strategy that promotes education, health care and community enrichment.”. Sohn challenged community leaders to step up in closing the digital divide.