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. 6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide.

Digital Divide


Is there a digital divide in our schools? Before we get into the importance of the digital divide in schools, what is the digital divide? A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to Mary Beth Hertz, who is an art/ technology teacher in Philadelphia, there is an entertainment vs empowerment divide.

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. School districts across the country are upgrading networks and integrating more classroom technology, and smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous across socioeconomic lines. 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.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. When it comes to mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, the gap has virtually vanished.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide


Smartphones have been around for 10 years now, but in education, the shifts are vastly different within our classrooms. How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology


For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions?

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

Students Adonis Scott (left), and Donavin Haugen (right) use their smartphones to sign up for an online review quiz. I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. Digital Education K-12 News

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom


At the same time, smartphones, tablets and laptops can be used to access the school LMS , with the corresponding courses and learning materials, conduct research online for a school paper, check facts fast, make use of productivity tools, and even access educational apps.

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Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

Ubiquitous Access – On-boarding is instant, simple, and works from any device, addressing the “digital divide” between those with a smartphone or tablet and those who just have an SMS-enabled mobile phone. ? Celly is a free service that offers group text messaging and polling.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]


Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section? Sometimes, a smartphone seems like a natural extension to kids’ hands.

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Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. Devices available through the project are smartphones, tablets, laptops and hotspots. Sprint Corp.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices


kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

Last week, President Obama announced that the My Brother’s Keeper initiative would be partnering with Sprint Corporation to bring tablets, smartphones, and four years of data service to students who lack internet access at home.

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens


The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have a mobile device — such as a tablet or smartphone. One part of the Common Sense report that really plays up this contradiction is the section on the so-called digital divide.

Rufus Glasper to Community College Leaders: “Online is Not Evil”


Another thing that I don't hear about that much these days, but I know you have views on is the digital divide. Where do you see the digital divide today in terms of education? The digital divide is still a problem, and it's a growing problem. It's not as recognizable because individuals are finding opportunities to have smartphones. When you have a smartphone, others make a leap to say, "oh they have access to technology."

We must not shut low-income students out of computer sciences

The Hechinger Report

The baby holds her smartphone, clicking, and Maria asks what I’m working on as she sees me typing obsessively on my laptop. In our 21 st century digital economy, literacy is much more than a mastery of the English language. Idit Harel.

Are educational videos leaving low-income students behind?

The Hechinger Report

This research is important because children are watching more videos on tablets and smartphones, often while commuting in cars or on public transportation or waiting for an appointment. Related: Technology overuse may be the new digital divide.

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Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. Students who get a smartphone can also use it as a hotspot, and for unlimited calls and texts in the United States, while on a Sprint network. history to bridge the digital divide.”.

What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?


Ownership of mobile devices has grown swiftly since the introduction of the smartphone and has created more opportunities to connect to the Internet. What’s it really like to do your homework on a smartphone you’re having to borrow from your mom, but she needs it for something else?

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion.

Best Practices with Mobile Tech: #adjunctchat Tuesday, July 15

Connecting 2 the World

There are also technology difficulties, such as the digital divide (those who have more advanced technology compared to those that don''t), power outages, access to wifi (or lack of access), lack of support for individual devices, and incompatibility with other digital devices. For example, there are different designs for smartphone use, tablets, and laptops. Smartphones require a different format than computer based content. Mobile Technology is here to stay.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast.

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Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

In total, the homework gap hits some 12 million school-aged kids nationwide, according to a 2017 congressional report, “ America’s Digital Divide.”.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

The code allows you to use your smartphone to scan the image, being lead to an exclusive 40-second sexy commercial - "It’s often difficult to measure engagement with billboards, and QR codes help advertisers better measure their impact." QR Codes are popping up everywhere!

Getting Beyond “Clicktivism”

Educator Innovator

How young people at Oakland’s Youth Radio are using digital media to elevate their political voices. . said Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and a member of the YPP Research Network, in a keynote speech at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in 2013.