Tackling the digital divide after the pandemic

Neo LMS

Digitization has changed how we communicate, access services, and the extent of technology present in our lives. Although the digital divide was not caused by the pandemic, it was definitely exacerbated by it. The need to raise digital awareness.

Path to Digital Equity: Why We Need to Address the Digital Divide with Solutions Around Adoption

Digital Promise

Simultaneously, every learner and community is equipped with connected devices, learning content, digital literacy skills, technical support, and a reliable, high-speed internet connection. Access to available programs and resources can be challenging.

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Closing the Digital Divide with an Emphasis on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Sponsored post Bridging the digital divide is a monumental task. Verizon is not only working to increase access to close the digital divide, but they are also providing critical support to improve learning.

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.

Defeat the Digital Divide Helps Bring Reliable Internet Connections to Schools Nationwide

eSchool News

COVINGTON, KY: October 21, 2021 – A new website launched by a collaboration of leading technology experts, STEP CG and Cradlepoint, is providing information and educational resources to help K-12 schools ensure their students have access to the technology they need to succeed.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Two students who received laptops because of a parent-led effort to close the digital divide for Spanish-speaking families in Clark County, Nevada. Many had trouble coping, even though they had resources to draw on, she said.

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

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.

K–12 Leaders Can Work with Local Governments to Address the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

The digital divide is an unrelenting problem in K–12 districts across the country. While there is no easy solution to digital inequity, there is help if K–12 leaders know where to look.

The Universal Laptop Program Helping One State Narrow the Digital Divide

Edsurge

And one, Mississippi, has made important strides in closing the digital divide through a pandemic response plan that took each school district’s unique needs and challenges into account. It is worth remembering that the digital divide is not an all or nothing phenomenon.

Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide. Most districts have interpreter resources they can use for the event.

Closing the Digital Divide: 5 Digital Literacy Strategies to Help Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Digital literacy skills are critical for adult learners to fully participate in our digital society. Mockingbird Education’s infusion teaching strategy helps adult learners become confident digital citizens by following a three-step process: explicit teaching of the skill, immediate practice, then reflection on how the skill can be used in a learner’s own life.

New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

The Hechinger Report

Rory Kennedy examines the gaps computer and internet access between wealthy and impoverished schools in her latest documentary, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”. Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. How long has the “digital divide” been on your radar?

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

Edsurge

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.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

The digital divide is a reality for three out of four American families, meaning approximately eight million individuals under the age of 18 are living without internet access. However, only 18 percent of teachers reported the majority of students have access to the digital tools they need at home, which left those students without access to broadband at a significant disadvantage. Affordable home access is a key component of achieving success in today’s digital world.

Conquering the digital divide at school–and at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. Related content: Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide. The eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide is here! It features strategies to help you effectively use digital and mobile learning resources, along with tips to support digital and mobile learning initiatives.

How our district is narrowing the digital divide

eSchool News

The digital divide and the opportunity gap. At DeKalb County School District in Georgia, we set out to create a plan that narrows the digital divide our students are facing at school, in the community, and at home. By providing our students with the digital technology needed for modern learning, we’ve started closing the opportunity gap caused in part by digital and technological inequities. Next page: Tips for closing the digital divide).

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 Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning

3 ways schools can support youth mental health

eSchool News

Widespread social isolation and loneliness, uncertainty, parental loss of a job, the widening digital divide, feelings of anxiety over becoming ill, and loss of a loved one have all contributed to the current mental health crisis.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

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.

"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. Instead, I think we must do what Marc Prensky argues which is to find ways to "Bridge and eliminate this digital divide" and provide digital access to our students.

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Building your emergency back-to-school kit with reliable connectivity

eSchool News

A simmering demand for reliable connectivity in education turned to a boil during the pandemic when the digital divide–something that many under-connected communities were already facing–exploded.

Verizon launches free trainings and tools to help educators navigate digital instruction

eSchool News

What you need to know: As the nation faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, and schools continue to grapple with uncertainty and closures, Verizon is providing additional support and remote learning resources for educators, students and parents.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Digital Divide Digital Education Higher Ed News Opinion digital education online learning Technology access

Savvas Learning Company Teams Up with EveryoneOn to Provide Free WiFi to 100 Families to Support Digital Learning at Home

eSchool News

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Savvas enables teachers to better connect with students by helping to close the digital divide. EveryoneOn.org is a nonprofit that works to connect low-income families to affordable Internet service, computers, and other digital resources.

5 things districts are doing to close the homework gap

eSchool News

Despite a brighter spotlight on digital equity, gaps still remain, including the troubling and persistent homework gap–but a newly-relaunched digital equity toolkit aims to highlight the important work districts across the nation are taking to address equity differences. But because classroom use of technology and digital resources is growing, a gap has continued to grow between students who have internet access at home and those who do not.

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. This year has seen a huge increase in attention to "Digital Equity" or the "Digital Divide". Here are some great free resources from CoSN ( Consortium for School Networking ) that can help you understand the issue, and address it. cosn digital divide digital equity digital literacy free resources

10 steps for bringing connectivity home

eSchool News

To fund our iConnect program, we sought internal resources from our Title IV budget and were allocated funding to cover a single high-density population. District Management Featured on eSchool News IT Management connectivity at home digital divide equity Internet connectivity

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. That’s where it really exacerbates the divide.” The following three resources can help students and families realize the powering of digital learning at home. Local and regional providers : A grant from a local cell phone carrier is helping Howard-Suamico close the digital learning gap in its community.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Kayla recognizes librarians’ contribution to instruction, witnessing the relief of teachers who rely on their expertise in designing assignments and integrating resources. Effective use of these e-resources requires time to learn how to navigate and search each one.

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

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. Forsyth County Schools was an early trailblazer in BYOD initiatives and is looked to nationwide as a resource for how to implement BYOD and implement it well. BYOD BYOT digital divide equity panel presentation sxswedu

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Ten Resources and Next Steps: Education and Poverty….ASCD 2016

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

For those that did not to ASCD, I have some great ideas and resources. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Ten Resources and Next Steps: Education and Poverty… ASCD 2016. Ten Resource Links to Supplement Learning and Reflection on Poverty and Education.

The elephant in the room

Learning with 'e's

Far too many futurologists, authors and commentators are ignoring the issue of the digital divide. The digital divide will not go away, but it cannot be ignored. Some even talk about the 'digital dividend', which to me sounds very much like a neat side step around the main issue. Call it what you want - digital exclusion, techno-marginalisation, analogue culture. Not everyone can participate in the digital society.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. Without adequate broadband, of course, even the latest or most promising digital tools are useless. By Heidi Moore.

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Here are a list of sites that offer digital books for kids to adults: Bookopolis. International Children’s Digital Library.

Partnerships in Oakland and New York City Aim to Leave No Home Left Offline

Education Superhighway

households that have access to the internet but cannot afford to connect , partnerships are critical to removing the barriers that keep under-resourced households offline. In our work to close the broadband affordability gap for the 18 million U.S.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc? Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

I believe that if we are to fully apprehend the many issues and nuances of our relationship with future technologies, we first need to begin to appreciate the complexity of human intelligence(s) and the problems associated with trying to model these digitally. Others, such as George Siemens and Karen Stephenson hold that we store our knowledge with our friends, and that connected peer networks are where learning occurs in the digital age.

Los Angeles Unified School District Offers Spectrum Enterprise Stay Connected K-12 Solution to Families as a Way to Receive Robust Home Internet Access at No Cost to Students

eSchool News

The Stay Connected K-12 offering is part of the District’s broader efforts to help close the digital divide in its communities and make it easier for all students to fulfill their academic potential. LOS ANGELES – Charter Communications, Inc.